Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Grand Street

Grand Street (near Allen Street) around sundown. Twenty years ago the store signs were mostly English and Hebrew. Twenty years from now the language on the signs will probably change again. That's been the pattern of the Lower East Side for decades as new waves of immigrants pass through, each adding to the diversity of this great neighborhood.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Something different at my fave billboard (23rd St. & Park Ave). Once again, I caught the painters in the act of changing the billboard. This time they painted windows onto the facade with the added touch of what appears to be torrents of water pouring out of the painted-on windows.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Tudor City and the late day western sky reflected in the facade of the United Nations secretariat building.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stars of David

Another of those occasions where I "see" something new after looking at a building hundreds of times over the course of many years... the facade of this building is embellished with Stars of David (Jewish Stars) under some of its windows. I first noticed this earlier this month while touring the nabe with family - taking a walk down memory lane. This is on Orchard Street near Canal Street.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bleecker Doorway

I was intrigued by the arthitectural details around this doorway somewhere on Bleecker Street (I'm guessing between Broadway and Lafayette Streets). The shadow on the left side of the doorway is not me. It's probably the guy who was attached to the other end of the dog's leash. I was passing by in a taxi.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Getting Closer

I took a walk over to the park along the FDR Drive and was happy to see that the waterfront promenade between the Williamsburg Bridge and the old firehouse looks like it's just about competed. All of the paving appears to be done and the benches are in place along the river's edge. This is a nice change from the original configuration which had the benches on the inland side of the promenade. It will be nice to have this section of the park open again.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Track Work

Track workers pausing to let a subway train pass.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Old and New

Old-fashioned street lamp with newfangled banner on Essex Street

Monday, June 7, 2010

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams

Performer at yesterday's annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival on Eldridge Street. The festival celebrates the cultural contributions & traditions of the Chinese and Jewish communities in America.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Street Scene - Soho

Looking down Lafayette or Centre Street (can't remember which this is) at the end of a wonderful holiday weekend. The building under construction towards center is Beekman Tower. The round-topped building to its left is the Municipal Building.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

iPad Ad

These ads are all over Manhattan - on every corner at some intersections. And, for the record, it's not that comfortable to use for long periods of time in the position shown in this ad. My left hand starts cramping from supporting the weight after about 1/2 hour.