An Afternoon on Fleet Street | Fifty-Five Congress

The sun sneaks through the Congress Street corridor and finds its way to the National Block building on Congress Street.  As seen from Fleet Street.

 

At Fleet & Congress Streets

In this early evening shot, a pair of motorcycles approach the intersection of Fleet Street and Congress Street.  I like the softness of the clouds above against the grit of the pavement in the foreground.  Here’s a view of Market Square that you don’t see quite as often. I think it’s cool to see the lines of the architecture of the brick buildings as they lead you up towards the square.

NHFF :: New Hampshire Film Festival

Portsmouth is the home of the 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival (additional details here:  www.nhfilmfestival.com), which takes place October 15th-18th.

The annual festival is a great addition to the cultural offerings in the city – I’m hoping to make it to a few of my first films this year.  Visit their website for more information on the films that were selected to be featured in this year’s festival along with schedules.  Films are going to be screened at various venues throughout the city, with The Music Hall serving as the focal point of the weekend.

Check out one of the marketing posters for the event hanging in the city (near Gilley’s on Fleet Street), next to a very Don Draper ad for office space at the International Office Suites in a nod to Mad Men (probably the only show I won’t miss).

State Street & Fleet Street | (The View from My Office)

State Street is coming along in the broader Portsmouth picture, having served its time as a seedy location with housing for the town drunks a long time ago in the rowhouses closer to The Common Man, Googie’s, Agave and Dos Amigos, making way for new condominiums, fancier restaurants soon to be complimented by some new period lighting and fancier sidewalks.

My office on the 1st floor at Ocean Bank looks out to this corner at State and Fleet Street, and often I’m fortunate to hear the horns of cars warning those who don’t realize that State Street is still a One Way Street.  Sometimes entertaining, sometimes obnoxious.  On this particular afternoon a ridiculous thunderstorm was making its way across the seacoast, with some sunshine visible on the drive-up to the left along with the rain still moist on the window.

State Street & Fleet Street | (The View from My Office)

State Street is coming along in the broader Portsmouth picture, having served its time as a seedy location with housing for the town drunks a long time ago in the rowhouses closer to The Common Man, Googie’s, Agave and Dos Amigos, making way for new condominiums, fancier restaurants soon to be complimented by some new period lighting and fancier sidewalks.

My office on the 1st floor at Ocean Bank looks out to this corner at State and Fleet Street, and often I’m fortunate to hear the horns of cars warning those who don’t realize that State Street is still a One Way Street.  Sometimes entertaining, sometimes obnoxious.  On this particular afternoon a ridiculous thunderstorm was making its way across the seacoast, with some sunshine visible on the drive-up to the left along with the rain still moist on the window.

Gilley's PM Lunch | Portsmouth, NH

Gilley’s is one of the true institutions among Portsmouth eateries.  It was recently deemed the best place for late night food by The Beer Drinking Report, and was awarded the Phantom Gourmet’s Hidden Jewel.  This shot was taken from the top floor of the City’s High/Hanover St. parking garage.

Full size here:  FLICKR

Gilley’s PM Lunch | Portsmouth, NH

Gilley’s is one of the true institutions among Portsmouth eateries.  It was recently deemed the best place for late night food by The Beer Drinking Report, and was awarded the Phantom Gourmet’s Hidden Jewel.  This shot was taken from the top floor of the City’s High/Hanover St. parking garage.

Full size here:  FLICKR