Charlotte, NC. Crescent Court Motel. 1980, Demolished.
Monday, March 28, 2011
from a 2008 post: NYT: "THE KELLER HOTEL, an old seaman’s inn. An Irish coal merchant constructed it in the late 1890s along a salty stretch of the Greenwich Village waterfront, at a time when the docks there were some of the busiest in the world. During the Depression, the Keller served as a flophouse for out-of-work sailors, who boozed and brawled in its ground-floor saloon. As the decades passed and economic forces pushed ships toward other ports, the West Side docks rotted, the Village deteriorated and a new clientele moved into the Keller. By the 1980s, the city was housing indigents upstairs, while the downstairs tenant was a gay leather bar, reputedly New York’s oldest. Then, in 1985, a real estate investor named William Gottlieb purchased the property for $1 million."
And it has sat empty ever since...........
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Lucy Cecere was laid to rest yesterday. One of the great ladies of Greenwich Village, Lucy was a tireless advocate for senior citizens, founding the Village's first senior citizen's retirement home in 1971, then helping to create funding for a brand new senior's home on Downing Street in 2010. Everyone knew and loved Lucy, from Sarah Jessica Parker to Patti Smith. Lucy was best friends with City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who gave the eulogy at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church. Patti Smith was also a good friend of Lucy and husband Lenny. Patti sang a beautiful acapella version of Lucy's favorite song, "Stardust." Singing next to the coffin, without a microphone, she closed with a whispered "I love you Lucy."
Daily News: "Lucy Cecere has dedicated her life to advocating for, and assisting her neighbors in Greenwich Village, and lower Manhattan. In 1973, she co-founded The Caring Community, a social service organization committed to serving the frail, elderly "in a manner that fosters independence, dignity, and respect". She has never stopped working for the people that the agency serves. She was a recipient of many community awards."
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
"2004 marked the 100th birthday of the popular children’s shoe brand made famous by a mischievous boy and his faithful dog. Based on the popular Buster Brown and Tige comic strip characters, Buster Brown shoes debuted at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. In the decades that followed, the brand became a marketing pioneer, using character appearances, radio and television sponsorships, gifts with purchase, and clever advertising to build loyalty among generations of Buster Brown customers." from their website, cause you will never see another one of thes3 signs..
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
"Havemeyer's Deli was opened by George and Alma Havemeyer on Central Ave in Jsersey City. Later it was run by their son George and his wife Vera. Everything was made on premises from the Rice Pudding and Bread Puddings to the Fish Cakes on Fridays. The crumb cake and other bakery items were brought in on a daily basis from Shoning's Bakery in Jersey City... how do I know this? George and Alma were my Oma and Opa!" from Google
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I recently found an old stash of photos I shot in Harrison, NJ, which is right across the Hudson, first stop before Newark. I lived in Harrison for a year in 1990. This White Castle is gone, as are the establishments I will post in the days ahead. Gorgeous huh?
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
In its day, 35 Cooper Square — then known as 391 Bowery — was part of a community of grocers, hatters and boot and shoe makers on the Bowery. Farther east and west of the bustling square, farmers still tended fields. After the Stuyvesants moved on (Nicholas died in 1833), the building housed poets, artists, actors, saloons and storefronts. And it became creative inspiration for figures like Diane di Prima, the Beat Generation “poet priestess,” who wrote in her autobiography, “Recollections of My Life as a Woman,” “When I first laid eyes on 35 Cooper Square, I knew it was the fulfillment of all those fantasies of art and the artist’s life. ... It was my dream house.” -- NY Times