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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Streaming Sunshine, in Soho

On Broadway, nyc
Photo by myself on Broadway, in Soho.

A photo from an earlier, sunnier and warmer time.

Related posts: Sign of Spring, in Soho, Waiting to Cross, in Soho, and Missing, on Broadway.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On Storefronts and Finding Vivian Maier

Lucky 777, nyc
Photo by myself on Macdougal Street, in the Village.

The insides and outsides of the little chili shop drew my attention. Lucky 777 was as red as red can be.

I took this photo last summer. After a quick search though, I found that Lucky 777 has closed (!). It had mixed reviews on Yelp. Some of the complaints were price driven - $9 bowls of chili. Alas.

On another front, there is a great little slideshow on the New Yorker website, featuring candids by Vivian Maier, who lived in Chicago in the 1960's. Born in New York, Maier worked as a nanny but took incredibly striking street photos and movies in her spare time.

Maier's work was discovered by a man doing research for a book he was writing. She had left some 100,000 negatives behind. Not even her close friends knew that she took photos, during her lifetime.

The story of uncovering the mystery of this supremely talented woman is documented in a recent movie called 'Finding Vivian Maier'. It looks fascinating, and includes interviews with her friends and children she had helped raise.

Screenings of this documentary are scheduled through August, throughout the States.

For a preview of this movie, click here.
For the Vivian Maier slideshow on the New Yorker website, click here.
For a recent article on Slate, click here.

Related posts: Outside Big Nick's, on the Upper West Side, Outside Pinisi Bakery, on East 4th Street, and West 10th Street, at Night.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Outside Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue

Trump Tower, nyc
Photo by myself around 56th Street and Fifth Avenue, in Midtown.

A photo from the stash, while waiting for the light to change.

There are a number of buildings Trump in New York. I can't keep track of them. They all seem to be tall and with metallic accents.

Related posts: Trumped, on the Upper West Side, Going for the Gold, and Something Old, Something New.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Humor, with a Money Back Guarantee

Dollar a Joke, nyc
Photo by myself in Washington Square Park, around West 4th Street.

Here's another photo I took on the way out of the park the other day. A young man offered to tell original jokes, for a dollar apiece.

Money is refunded if you don't laugh. But if you're broke, the joke is on the house.

I was on my way to an appointment, so I couldn't stop to chat with this fellow. Next time!

Related posts: Open Everything That's Closed, on Bowery Street, Thinking Outside the Box, in Union Square, and Death Before Decaf, in Brooklyn.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crazy for Bubbles, in Washington Square Park

Bubbles, WSP
Photo by myself, in Washington Square Park.

We finally had a bona fide Spring-like day, Saturday. Sort of on schedule. Hooray!!!

People walked about, enjoying the air. A couple competitive basketball games were going on at the public courts near West 4th Street, in the Village.

A woman created enormous bubbles in Washington Square Park, to the delight of a gaggle of children. She used two long sticks with string strung up between them. Dipping the string into a soapy mix, she then lifted up the sticks and let the wind do its magic. What a simple yet effective device!

All the grown ups stood around enjoying how excited the kids were, and wishing they could run and jump around, too. It was serious fun.

Huge apologies for my spotty attendance, once again. It's been insanely busy at work. And I've become insanely picky with my photos.

Happy Spring, everyone!

Bubbles, WSP

Related posts: Riding Piggyback in Midtown, Last Bit of Summer, in Prospect Park, and Father and Son Serenade.