Vintage Photo: Demolition of 1st Ave Entrance to Manhattan VA, May 1989 (Where Bogey was Dumped in ‘The Harder They Fall’, 1956)

I was prompted to upload this photo by Mark Phillips, whose wrote a wonderful, and highly researched piece (nycinfilm.com/2020/08/25/the-harder-they-fall-1956) about the NYC locations of the movie, ‘The Harder They Fall’, with Humphrey Bogart.  This ground’s-eye view supplements the bird’s-eye view of this entrance posted a few weeks ago. Early in my tenure working at the Manhattan […]

Vintage Photo: Horn and Hardart Dino-O-Mat, NYC 1988

Back in the days of black and white, when I was a tyke, my grandmother took me to the automat.  I love the art deco stainless steel on the Dine-O-Mat. This wasn’t the way I remembered the one my grandma took me to, but it made me nostalgic anyway.

Grandma’s Treat

I ate at a restaurant during my lunch break today. I haven’t done that in a long time. An older woman and a young boy sat in a booth close to me. I was at one of the tables that was surrounded by very high stools. This accounts for the vantage point in the sketch […]

Coney Island Texture

I took this picture through the fence at Coney Island during the off season. There is fine texture on the fence post and links of the fence in the foreground, while the chain link fence as a whole, overlays a regular, course pattern on the scene. In optical terms, the photograph captures a wide range of […]

Double Nostalgia?

Below is a self portrait I took at the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, sometime at the beginning of this century. I was probably on my way to see my parents. The photo evokes nostalgia of that time but other memories crowd their way into my consciousness.  During the early 1970s I used to wait […]

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 […]

Remember When?

There were days, long ago, when many people believed the sentiment in the sign above the nightclub, pictured below.  I’m not talking about noise. I mean the thought that someone would write a congressman to expect a solution to a problem.  That thought, more than 25 years later is laughable.

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 […]

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 […]