Trip to New York: Marathon and Great Photography

Two of Michael Massaia’s prints hanging on the walls of Gallery 270 in Englewood, NJ

While visiting New York City to run in the NYC Marathon, my wife Joely and I had an opportunity to visit and have dinner with a few of our clients, as well as NJ-based Andrew Darlow (inventor of and co-developer of our GalleryPouch™ premium bubble bags). One highlight was a trip to Bergen County Camera in Westwood, NJ, where we were awed by an incredible display of Leica cameras and accessories (and many other “photographer toys,” plus many impressive prints on the walls of the store’s gallery. We then hopped over to Gallery 270 in Englewood, NJ, a newly redesigned gallery (formerly a camera store and gallery) dedicated entirely to the exhibition and sale of fine-art prints and books.

Mark-Joely-RogersWe were introduced to Bergen Camera and Gallery 270 through Michael Massaia, a NJ-based artist whose black and white platinum, silver gelatin and pigment digital prints are truly breathtaking. Michael is represented by Gallery 270 and he has a show currently on exhibit there. Tom Gramegna is the Gallery director, and he chose our GalleryPouch™ bags initially for an art show held in Long Island over the summer called ArtHamptons, which featured many of Michael Massaia’s framed prints. After seeing Michael’s work on the walls of the gallery, we took a ride back into New York City and had a wonderful dinner at Bello Restaurant (highly recommended!). About 8 hours later, I was standing on the upper level of the Verrazano Bridge, ready to join about 50,000 other people in a little race around “The Big Apple.”

Thank you to everyone who made our stay in New York so memorable, and for all the warm-wishes and encouragement I received on Facebook. I’d also like to thank everyone who made a donation to Team Boomer, the charity for which I ran.

About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

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