Did You Know?

Did you know that the Brooklyn Bridge has windows?  I had almost forgotten this until I found the photo below while offloading some pictures from my computer. When I briefly lived in Brooklyn, I commuted to my workplace in Manhattan. I took the photo below on one of my drives home (as a passenger). We were on the approach […]

Brooklyn Pasttime

Grand Army Plaza, pictured yesterday, wasn’t the only attraction at Brooklyn Day in 1990. I found a section where girls were jumping rope. One of the photos in the background must have been a famous jump roper from the past. I didn’t recognize her, but I enjoyed the feelings of the old times in Brooklyn. It […]

Brooklyn Day

I’m not sure when Brooklyn Day is exactly, but I took many photos at the 1990 Brooklyn Day celebration. I think my Aunt Harriet lived on Eastern Parkway, which is right off Grand Army Plaza. The arch at Grand Army Plaza is shown in the photo below.

The Ride Home

I love the atmospherics of the photograph below. I took it early in 1990 when I was in a car pool commuting from Brooklyn to New York, where I worked. I used to leaf through books of New York City photographs taken by the old masters and pined for the times that they depicted. Some of […]

Off Season

Here is another photograph from the archives. When I lived in Bay Ridge, I used to walk to Coney Island. I enjoyed walking along the Belt Parkway on the sidewalk in the park between the highway and the bay. I loved Coney Island in the off season.

Roadside Graffiti

Today’s watercolor experiment: I came across a photograph I took during my wanderings in Brooklyn. For a while I lived in Bay Ridge, near the Verrazano Bridge. I have endless numbers of pictures of oil tankers making their way under the bridge. For some reason, that fascinated me. Now, I can’t understand why I took […]

Graffiti Under the ‘L’

It was a cold day. I can’t remember if it was February or March. I do know it was 1991 and I was taking a walk from Bay Ridge, where I was living at the time, to the Brooklyn Museum. I loved taking long walks. Now and then I got a street sign in the […]

Atlantis Building Graffiti

Coney Island, in Brooklyn NY, is a wonderful place especially in the off season. The boardwalk was virtually deserted in the photograph below.  I was photographing the shuttered Atlantis Building, when I caught the shadow of a passerby who was about to enter the scene. The shadow seemed to integrate with the graffiti, except for a […]

Finished Piece & Coney Island

I finally finished the watercolor portrait of Bowie & Weatherford Inc. Booksellers. It only took another day of mason work, some touch up of the windows, and completing the figure standing in front. You can see the progression of this work in these posts: Slowing Down, Shadows Plus Camel Man, The Thing About Bricks. The […]