Friday, August 28, 2009

Somewhere on MacDougal

This charming building straddles a private mews...privacy in the city!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mad Men!

The AMC series, Mad Men, brilliantly depicts Madison Avenue ad agencies, American ideals, mores, and attitudes in the early 60s. In last Sunday's episode a rebellious Mad Man became enraged when the firm, Sterling Cooper, decided to represent the forces set to raze Penn Station. Lead character (and pro razing point man) Don Draper summed up the 60s attitude perfectly: "I was in California last week and everything was new and people have hope. New York is a decaying city. Let's bring New York something new." Today's Penn Station is undoubtedly the ugliest train station in the US. Its horrific demolition created the landmark commission we have today. But I love Mad Men! Here's a classic MM video moment, when Don Draper sells the Kodak Carousel as soul wrenching time machine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

classic rockin'!

A club somewhere on Bleecker Street

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Through the Glass Darkly

70 year old ruined door on the Lower East Side...

Monday, August 24, 2009

buzzer envy

Somewhere on Bleecker

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ahmir's Shoes

Part of my job description includes interviewing musicians for magazine articles. Today I went to Universal in midtown to speak with The Root's Ahmir Thompson. The Roots are the house band for Late Nite with Jimmy Fallon, and Ahmir has produced acts like John Legend, Joss Stone and Al Green. When I spoke with Ahmir he was on a cross country train. But he forgot his shoes.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Alex Plays Guitar

on Waverly Place and 6th Avenue

Longing for....

COLD WEATHER!!!How bout you? 91 degrees and rising here in NYC

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Picasso's Portrait of Sylvette

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to landmark the I.M. Pei-designed Silver Towers and its central Pablo Picasso sculpture, "Portrait of Sylvette," in Greenwich Village at 100 and 110 Bleecker Street and 505 LaGuardia Place. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation first proposed landmarking the Greenwich Village modernist buildings in 2003. New York University owns the buildings, and is planning on building a 40-story building within the complex, which the buildings' new landmark status will make more difficult.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Brooklyn Bridge

Not in Greenwich Village, not really in Brooklyn. Crossing East River from City Hall to Brooklyn

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Save Coney Island !

As Vanishing New York (and others) has reported with sadness and reflection, the Coney Island that was -- Astroland, the wooden rollercoaster, architectural glimpses of the 20s to the 50s that seem frozen in time -- will soon be gone as NYC's city council has approved a plan that will raze most of this country's original amusement park for "America's largest urban amusement park, about 4,500 new apartments and a bunch of major retail establishments (New York Post)." Ka-ching! So let's look back at the beautiful Coney that was ...probably for the last time. None of these structures are landmarked (save the parachute jump, I think), though they figure prominently in the dreams and memories of millions of New Yorkers.

From Tricia who works at Coney Island: "Coney's four NYC landmarks are the Cyclone Roller Coaster and wonder Wheel (both operating rides), the Parachute Jump, and the Childs Building on the Boardwalk (home of Lola Staar's Dreamland Roller Rink. Deno's Wonder Wheel Park has a long lease and will be back for the foreseeable future as will the CIUSA sideshow). More interim amusements will be brought in next year. Despite the passage of the flawed rezoning plan in the City Council, efforts to landmark historic structures and expand the area of outdoor amusements will continue. Groups like Save Coney Island,Coney Island USA and the Coney Island History Project need your support."

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Good Sign in LES

High Line, Pt. 2

Frank Gehry coolness in background
Hudson River to the right
Japanese styled benchwarmers...
Remnant of elevated walkway connecting to former Nabisco headquarters
A flower grows in Chelsea..Green Acres you are there!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The High LIne Part 1

The High Line is a renovated elevated train line running along Manhattan's west side, from the Meatpacking District to 20th Street in Chelsea, where it abruptly ends. They have yet to get permission to extend the line up to 33rd Street, where it originated when built in the 1930s. To see what the tourists can't, check my blog Walking The High Line, where I photographed the still wild and abandoned High Line in July of 2008. Or just enjoy shots of the current's pretty cool!
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Old Folks Boogie

They're as old as the meatpacking district, but still alive....

What does it mean?

Crazy Meatpacking district art...once the home of blood and entertaining tourists the world over....

Monday, August 3, 2009

Facing Eternity

During my recent battle and triumph over illness, I vacillated between two opposing poles: the face of uncertainty as expressed in Keir Dullea's character in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey, and the happy hot air balloon panda head below. Mr Panda Head won out. Who do you favor?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thank you dear friends and fellow bloggers for your prayers, positive thoughts and support. I was truly stunned and humbled by the many kind words you all bestowed on me during my recent (and now departed) illness.

All went great at the hospital. The doctor said the procedure went "perfect," and that the tumor was "superficial" meaning it was not invasive. Thanks much for your prayer and positive thoughts! I am believing there will be no recurrence, and changing my diet, prayer life, and perhaps my residence to keep my life stress free.

Thanks again for your support. I will visit you all soon. God bless.