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Some highlights from the 38th annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade 2010. Love the long snake, huge dancing / bobbing and weaving skeletons and dinosaurs, and the general festive mayhem! And unlike 2009 this year it didn’t rain!

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Here’s a video of Conan O’Brien’s big orange blimp making the pilgrimage along the Hudson to Yankee Stadium for the American League Playoff game 5. Notable landmarks that can be seen on the way: One Penn Plaza, New York Times Building

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Wow! That was some crazy freaky lightning storm that hit New York City tonight! Against a backdrop of the Empire State Building lit up in the colors of Italy (red, white, green) to celebrate Columbus Day, we were treated to not only hours of lightning and thunder but some pretty nasty hail and pouring rain. This video is a bunch of the most dramatic lightning strikes over a period of an hour and a half strung together; the storm and lightning flashes lasted way longer. At around the 0:46 mark it looks like the Empire State Building took a direct hit.

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Conan O’Brien’s big orange blimp paid NYC another visit on 10/10/10. Here’s a video of its floating over Greenwich Village’s East Village.

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From the press releases, it sounded like Conan O’Brien’s blimp visit to NYC (in advance of the debut of his new show on TBS) was supposed to start earlier on 10/9, or at least people expected it to. For whatever reason, it seemed to be stuck in the Philly area and then parked at an airport in New Jersey for most of the afternoon. When it finally made its way up to Yankee Stadium to visit the playoff game, it was after dark, and if you blinked, you missed it’s trip. I managed to get a not so great still shot of it and some mostly distant video as it hauled a$$ up the west side. It looked bizarre, like an orange UFO!

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Here’s more wild footage of NY City’s second lightning storm in a week  that hit on 9/22/10.   It features the Con Edison clock tower and Zeckendorf Towers at Union Square looking west into Brooklyn. There are loads of violently spectacular lightning bolts. The video was taken over an eighteen minute period and whittled down to less than two, showing the most dramatic strikes.

Con Edison is showing it’s own light show, with the clock tower colors changing from reds to greens.

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The NY City area got its second wild weather in a week in the form of a lightning storm on the evening of  9/22/10.  The backdrop for this video is the midtown Manhattan skyline, featuring the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, etc.  It was a spectacular display of flashes and lightning bolts against the night sky.  There were so many that I just let the video run. This clip, around 9 1/2 minutes, is just a fraction of what I recorded, so I’ll probably put more up once I go through it.

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Visitors to the Empire State Building got a rare treat when the Met Life blimp floated through NYC several months ago and made passes right outside the observation deck. It flew around and around the city for much of the day and even cruised around the ESB as the sun was setting and after it was dark. This is a series of close up photos that I took and made into a slide show.

It’s so cool how close that big air whale passed by the ESB, although that building was supposed to originally be used as a blimp dock. Due to the high winds, that idea apparently didn’t work out so well as only one blimp was said to have successfully docked.

Photo date: 5/20/10

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A violent lightning and thunder storm, dumping a torrential downpour, ripped through NYC in the late afternoon of 9/16/10. The whole thing was over in a matter of minutes, and then calm resumed.

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The Empire State Building’s lightning rod got put to good use during this lightning / thunder storm — it got zapped by a direct hit! How neat is that?

And no, the ESB isn’t leaning.  That was a tripod malfunction that couldn’t be adjusted.  Oops!

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