Sketch Book Series: Kitchen (August 2008)

One thing glares out at me as I revisit this sketch: the very black black of the stove and the hood over the stove. It is a solid black, when it should have been a cross-hatched tone darker than the sides of the cabinets. Otherwise, this would have been a really good nostalgic piece.

Sketch Book Series: Back Porch (August 2008)

I worked hard on this drawing. I had just retired, I had little else to do around the house (being settled after the move out west). I had been practicing shading with my micro-tip ink pen. This drawing looks pretty good altogether and, instead of being an art piece for me, it serves the purpose […]

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 […]