Saturday, September 8, 2012

I guess it's just the woman in you

Imagine a debut single by a then unknown band 
that went all the to #4 on the BillBoard Hot 100, 
back in 1977.

and just try not to sing along! :-)

I wonder where their destination is

Just some marble figures I saw being loaded in a warehouse in Hunt’s Point. In the Bronx you never know.

Friday, September 7, 2012

don’t text and drive

188 mph in a BMW 850CSi

Have a great weekend!

and don’t miss your exit.

it must be going around

More painted cops. What’s up with this?

The Cielo is a fancy 27 story condo at the corner of 83rd and York in Manhattan.

The developers wanted fine art to be the context of the homes here and so buyers were given free memberships to the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Problem was, across the street was a tenement building covered in graffiti that diminished the tony environment.

So they commissioned muralist Richard Haas at an estimated cost of $200,000 to paint a 77foot wide trompe l'oeil mural, celebrating the Germanic history of the neighborhood.

Now painted mounted cops keep an eye on the place.

The Glockenspeil Mural, 2004-2005

Handsome, I guess, but about as effective as this guy:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

a life in transit

light and shadow

“There’s light and shadow in the life of every man.”

La Resa Dei Conti, 1966

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

who played at Icahn Stadium last Friday night?

‘cuz I dunno.

not the quietest neighbor, either

From Wikipedia:

“Many have blamed the Cross Bronx Expressway for worsening the decay of neighborhoods in the south Bronx."

"Some argue that (urban planner) Robert Moses intentionally directed the expressway through this neighborhood."

"Many of the neighborhoods it runs through have been continually poor since before its construction, primarily due to the lowered property value caused by the Expressway."

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

Red Hook, NY

a different kind of grilling

Labor Day and our 1886 ClockTower 
are New York contemporaries, did you know that? 

Labor Day, Union Square, 1882, wiki

In 1882, the New York Knights of Labor sponsored a parade that passed through Union Square.

By 1884 it was the largest working class parade in America.

Library of Congress

Ten years later Congress passed a national holiday and American’s have taken the day off ever since. The trend reversed in the 1960’s.  

We don’t make products anymore, 
we retail goods made cheaply in other countries.

Retail supplies one quarter of all American jobs so if you must labor today and you are missing the grill, be okay with it.

24 million Americans have no place to go tomorrow.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

the take-out