Monday, November 30, 2009

french rise

here it comes

6th Avenue at West 4th..."Crazy Fantasy" row

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

my beautiful garage

12th street near Broadway

Thursday, November 26, 2009

every law not based on wisdom is a menace to the state

Today's "lawmakers" could certainly learn something from ancient Abe Chelsea

Monday, November 23, 2009

A rather disjointed shot of the corner of Bleecker and 6th Avenue...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

the beaver pelt trade

Astor Place station was built under what had been private property along the west side of Astor Place, which was planned to be a transfer point for the 9th Street branch of the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (today's PATH). It lies below the former Wannamakers, currently K Mart. The station's decoration includes plaques depicting beavers, in honor of John Jacob Astor, who had made his fortune in the beaver pelt trade.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

from 1898

Doorway of the former Germania Bank at 190 Bowery, built in 1898. Since 1966, it’s been home to photographer Jay Maisel. A final outpost of grandeur on the Bowery.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sorry Tina

Down on the ground on Washington Square North

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

have mercy!

been waiting on the bus all day

Monday, November 9, 2009

She's wacko! Take her to Bellevue

The funny farm. The psych ward. The nut house. This is the original joint. Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital featured in tons of Manhattan based film noirs of the 40s and 50s, just the place to drop off Joan Crawford or Susan (I Want to Live!) Hayward when their blood pressure went berserk. Independent dames were immediate candidates for a section 8, and Bellevue was just the place to make em wake up and smell the coffee. And it retains it spooky air...shock treatments, experimental drugs, strait jackets..oh the humanity!!

Washington Square Window

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ladies to Lunch

Down 6th Avenue... where to? Paste Pesce on Bleecker? Trattorio on Father Demo Square? Rocco on Sullivan? So many places to eat, so little time to get there.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

there was a pier.......

Hudson River, West Village

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Keith Haring on Carmine

This mural was painted in August 1987 by famed graffiti artist Keith Haring (1958–1990) on the wall that adjoins the Carmine Street Pool at the James J. Walker Park handball court. Measuring 18 feet high by 170 feet long and taking its cue from the hues of the pool’s underwater surface, the mural depicts bold, stylized motifs of fish and children as well as abstract shapes in black, white, yellow and blue. (This pool was also used in Raging Bull for the scene where Jake meets Vicki)

Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading and grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. His first one-man exhibition was at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 1978. He moved to New York City that year to study at the School of Visual Arts. In the early 1980s, the young artist first attained notoriety by using the methods of graffiti to literally make his mark on the city. Creating a style that would soon become renowned worldwide, Haring “tagged” chalk outlines of buoyant, interlocking bodies on the black poster mounts of New York City subway stations. His vocabulary of images, such as the radiant child and barking dog, soon became instantly recognizable.

Haring went on to have numerous exhibitions of his work and was represented by such well-known dealers as Tony Shafrazi, Andre Emmerich, and Leo Castelli. He was prolific in his artwork, generous in support of social causes, and went on to help choreograph music videos and produce coloring books and t-shirts for children. He opened his Pop Shop in 1986, with the proceeds helping to finance his charitable causes, such as Learning through Art and Doing Art Together, two programs that brought art to schools. He provided funds for numerous children’s organizations, supported efforts to oppose apartheid, and donated designs and funds to advance the cause of AIDS research.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Manhattan Heirogplyphics

Former meatpacking district ruins, now razed. But their message is clear. To future your meatworkers, of all stripes...