After a long, cold winter and not-so-warm spring, it is suddenly hot in Philadelphia this weekend, but that’s OK because summer also means almost constant events here in the nation’s second-largest downtown.
I haven’t been posting still photos lately because I have been more focused on new live mobile video apps, but this weekend I took pictures while also streaming the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby on Saturday, seen above, and the Procession of the Saints in South Philadelphia on Sunday morning:
Twenty years ago today I was on my way to cover the Oklahoma City Bombing for the Philadelphia Daily News. Due to a wave of extreme weather sweeping across the US, I had to change planes in Atlanta and Dallas, and I didn’t find myself close to the incident scene until shortly before dawn on the following morning – when I took the photo above, of investigators examining the damage.
The most historic photo from the event was already on newsstands by the time I arrived, and the onslaught of media and federal officials made it very difficult to find a hotel room or rental car, but I was getting by. It was also my first mass casualty event, and although it was many years later before I began to understand, it was an exceptionally traumatic event for many of us who were covering it.
The iconic Mad Men logo — featuring a cigarette-smoking silhouette of main character Don Draper — has been fashioned into a bench and was recently installed in the sidewalk in front of the Time-Life Building on Sixth Avenue in New York City, just across the Street from Radio City Music Hall.
Bunnies hopped out of a hot rod with a basket filed with colored eggs to celebrate Easter, just off of South Street in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.
A worker clears wet snow from the sidewalk Friday afternoon on Market Street in the Center City section of Philadelphia. Falling snow and high winds marked the first day of spring in the city.
A climber attempts to lure a cat from a tree Wednesday on the the Temple University campus. Below: Dozens of people gathered.
Later: @TempleUniv tweeted that the cat was free.
I grabbed a few pictures during a quick visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York Saturday afternoon.