142 West 31st St…there’s not a tourist attraction or anything particular along this street, but I happened upon this fire station one afternoon while out for a walk. I always enjoy taking some time to roam the streets around the neighborhood where I’m staying, and this instance turned out a nice little photo opportunity. As my dumb luck would have it, I was able to catch the bay door open and a fireman that came walking by just as I lined up the shot.
Not sure how accurate these numbers are, but I found these statistics online: There are 221 fire stations, 11,600 firefighters, 3,214 paramedics, 196 fire engines, and 146 trucks in New York City. It’s the second largest in the world after the Tokyo Fire Department.
I don’t know why, and have no specific reason for it, but the number 24 is my favorite…and would you look here, it found me with this particular hook and ladder! That was my initial reason for taking this picture, and it didn’t take but another second to realize the red brick exterior. I lived in a red brick house growing up, so it’s always held a warm & fuzzy association for me. :)
Hats off to the brave men and women around the world who risk their lives to save ours!
I also found something else right next door that was an amusing surprise. Take a look at the WS picture, apparently I own a store I didn’t know about…and unfortunately, I’ve never received money from it either!?
Thanks for stopping by.
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emka (97489) 2014-07-13 22:46
Hi Jason, I looked first on WS and it is really funny indeed. Then I looked in Wikipedia at Jason. Because of quite different pronunciation (in Polish) I have never thought about you as the leader of Argonauts. Is it popular name in USA? I own also travel agency :). Emka are just my initials. And apparently not only mine :).
Nice photo of the fire station with 24. But why is the photo small? Now when it is allowed, I prefer to look at the bigger pictures, then more details can be seen.
Nicou (141990) 2014-07-14 2:16
quelle vue sur l'entrée de ce garage à pompiers avec les camions à l'intérieur sueprbe captage et ce mur de brique rouge le rectange de l'ouverture sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
delpeoples (58026) 2014-07-14 2:32
A great reportage shot of this very famous fire station. When I think of New York firies, I think of their bravery - and the terrible losses - during September 11. In fact my ex (who's a firie here in Oz) accompanied many of these men to the Police & Firemen Games. He still comments at what good blokes they were, and was inconsolable at the loss of so many of them not a few months later. Great shot, and a great tribute to these brave fellas and ladies. And as for your WS, I'd be making a land rights claim.
Sergiom (79525) 2014-07-14 5:17
Très rare que quelqu'un décide de photographier un poste de pompier. Même si il est à New York. J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage bien pensé avec la porte décentrée et les passants qui tentent de regarder a l'intérieur.
holmertz (52638) 2014-07-14 5:30
I like the rectangular shape of this photo and how nicely you have cropped it. There's actually a lot of geometry here (not that I was ever good at that). The open window in the upper corner forms a rhomboid, I think. I also like the tones of grey contrasting the brick red and the bright red. And yes, I also like the fire engines and the people walking by, but you already knew that, didn't you?.
Wish you a great week,
ikeharel (71321) 2014-07-14 7:36
Thanks for the note, Jason, and your support in these days.
A tribute to heros, NYC tourists location - as all cherish the memories of 9/11.
I can still close my eyes and recollect the great horn when blown on those heavy trucks, a unique and creepy chill "feel" when heard.
Nice view into the station, fine clarity even on the dark parts.
Noel_Byrne (31114) 2014-07-14 12:27
You must know about your store, I can see you stranding inside the window, camera raised to photograph people outside. And I refuse to believe its a reflection, your secret life as the don of second fix office furniture (whatever that is!!) is revealed :)
I like the fire station too, and I do like the sign above too. Not so much for the number, but for the name. As soon as I even hook and ladder, I thought how good a name that would be for a pub.
Me, Irish? Bet you'd never have guessed, haha.
Great light too,
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-14 12:37
Hola again JASON
Doing some covered advertising for your shop ?
Going far from touristic places is sometimes easy to find interesting subjects, as happens here with the fireman place, always eye catching ones
Good to wait ( I suppose to add some people as for instance the curious couple at the right)
Also quite agree with your admiration at this special and dangerous work
Well done, cheers from las pampas
macjake (67706) 2014-07-14 13:15
you know, i logged on here to get back to your previous post...but when i saw this one...there was no turning back haha
what man could resist a fire station for photography!
I know i couldn't.
my favorite stations are those tall skinny ones like in the movies...Ghostbusters for example.
great find as you're walking the streets.
I happen to be in the need of some Office Supplies, you have any?
worldcitizen (8646) 2014-07-14 14:36
Another cool view from NYC. I like these photos that show a bit of "normal" life. Walk around long enough and you'll find a firehouse, usually in an interesting building. I like all the red: the trucks, the door, the bricks. The couple passing by is funny, too. They seem to be very interested in the fireman, and whatever is going on inside. :-)
About the WS photo, I hope your shop can compete with Staples. :-)
danos (97765) 2014-07-14 22:11
nice the view as the presentation of this section of the fire station with the passing by couple to takes a look in the interior of it.The reddish bricks and the red door on the right makes the image even more effective.
mcmtanyel (22532) 2014-07-14 22:18
What a great idea to use the facade as a frame within the frame. I like all variations of frame-within-frames. The colors are catchy, too.
Of course, I dunked my heels in the Jordan. One of the workshop photos was that of my foot right where the waters came out of the wall.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-15 5:22
Howdy Mr C
I know how excited I was seeing one of these huge fire-trucks flying down a New York street on my visit to the Big Apple and of course who could forget their bravery and loss in the tragic events of 911. They do a sterling job the world over and this is a fitting tribute shot. Now onto the bookstore and pen shop - looks like it is being held up by scaffolding! Hey! The chair on the red sign looks decidedly uncomfortable mate, and looks like it plugs into the mains too! Is that a hole in the ground in front of the shop next door? & did you get a New York Survival Kit free? (Advert on the door).
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB (24 of them for you!)
I bet you counted them too!
ourania (45344) 2014-07-15 10:41
I would have exactly the same approach to this open entrance, yours or the passers-by. I would never be able to resist the urge to look through the open gate and have a glimpse into this world of modern heroes. I like very much the way you composed and cropped this interesting urban scenery. The open gate, the closed red door and the mysterious windows are so attractive. You've rendered wonderful urban colours and a fine rhythm through the architectural patterns and the walking people. I like the brief interaction of the inside and the outside world at a peaceful moment. I like the discreet presentation of your secret business too:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Cricri (119395) 2014-07-15 10:46
Hello mon ami du bout du monde:-)
C'est une belle image de cette caserne de pompier aux pierres rouges, bon cadrage, bonne info sur toutes ces stations......un fameux courage et admiration pour ces hommes du feu....
Pour le magasin !!!! oui l'on dit cela , tu cache bien ton jeu :-) comme l'on dit chez nous
PS) pour le match, pff quelle déception, c'est vraiment pas de chance....
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-07-20 2:48
Hi my friend,
apart from the blue color I just love red bricks and how they define American cities.
This one is great!Maybe not the typical tourist photo,but
who of us has not dreamed of being a fireman,right:)
So,this is heroes "hideout":)
Excellent shot Jason!
Didi (60588) 2014-07-30 10:30
This a very interesting subject
Very good frame quality and interesting humoristic WS
berek (50494) 2014-09-16 21:42
It is a beautiful picture of this fire station with red stones, good frame, good info on all these stations.