Wednesday, October 23, 2013

4th St & Lafayette [SE Corner] (1984)

Who remembers the Tower Records in Greenwich Village? It was a fixture on East 4th Street and Lafayette from 1984 through 2006. Today, the space is occupied by MLB Fan Cave, I think. MTV's Kurt Loder said, "Keith Richards used to live upstairs, directly above Tower Records, so he was always outside there late at night walking his dog. And you'd walk up and talk to him, and you wouldn't be able to understand a word he was saying." [I wish I could remember where I found this great photo.]        CLICK TO ENLARGE

Thursday, October 17, 2013

27th & Park Ave [SE Corner] (October 2013)

A giant shopping cart with a motor drives down Park Avenue in front of Sarabeth's in the Flatiron neighborhood. The crazy cart is a promotional tool for "Guy's Grocery Games," a Food Network show hosted buy Guy Fieri of "Diners Drive-ins and Dives" fame. Thanks to the lovely and talented for the photo.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Delancey & Orchard [NW Corner] (August 2013)

Girls walk by Cohen's Fashion Optical on the Lower East Side. The sign for S Beckenstein on Orchard Street can be seen in the background. This fabric emporium was launched here in 1910 by a Polish immigrant pushcart peddler. The business has since moved to 32 West 20th Street in Chelsea / Flatiron.              CLICK TO ENLARGE

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Spring & Elizabeth [SW Corner] (November 18, 2012)

barmarche in Nolita. NY Mag says, "The quirky little bistro picks up the quickening pulse of this neighborhood just east of Soho," and "[they] dispense perfect shrimp in a super-creamy killer risotto," and "the house burger is a juicy triumph."              CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Graffiti Truck [Flatiron] (September 2013)

An Angry Birds-themed graffiti truck parked in front of Cosi sandwich shop in the Flatiron neighborhood.                                     CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Guiseppe Logan [Tompkins Square Park] (August 2013)

Catching up with our favorite Jazz mystery man, Guiseppe Logan, in Tompkins Square Park. His hair and beard have yellowed a bit since last year (HERE), but he's doing OK. And, this New York Times article tells the story of Guiseppe Logan.           CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Graffiti Van [Kips Bay] (May 2013)

A utility van covered with old-fashioned graffiti tags, in front of the Wilshire apartment in Kips Bay / Murray Hill. "KipMurCy"                    CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, July 21, 2013

26th & 2nd Ave [SW Corner] (February 2013)

Long-time Kips Mexican restaurant Mexico Lindo (celebrating its 40th anniversary) is the centerpiece of this wintry scene. Also featured here.          CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, July 15, 2013

25th & 8th Ave [NE Corner] (April 2013)

The neighborhood around 8th Avenue, from 23rd Street to 42nd Street, has always been a little seedy. I once saw a homeless man standing in the middle of the sidewalk at this Chelsea corner with his pants down sporting a huge erect broad daylight!             CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hester & Bowery [SW Corner] (November 2012)

The Diamond Corner 88 is an old-school jewelry store complex in Chinatown that includes Sam's Jewelry, May-Bo Jewelry, and Natalie Jewelry. Classic Signage.           CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thomas St & Broadway [SW Corner] (1937 & 2012)

Before there was a McDonald's on Thomas Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, there was a "Going out of Business" 1937, anyway. And I  thought that was a modern phenomenon!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Kandahar St & Muscat St [Singapore] (January 2013)

Rumah Makan Minang restaurant in Singapore serves reasonably priced Minangkabau cuisine, which, of course, means...native to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra, in Indonesia.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Grand St & Mulberry St [NE Corner] (February 2013)

Alleva Dairy, founded in 1892, is the oldest cheese market in Little Italy. Place Matters says, "As you enter the shop, you take a step back in time." And Serious Eats New York says, "their meatball sub ($7.75) is worth its weight in truffle oil."       CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, April 29, 2013

Bryant St & Embarcadero (Red's Java House)

Red's Java House is an iconic burger joint on the San Francisco Bay. When Anthony Bourdain filmed a segment of No Reservations at Red's, he called it "wonderful, old school, high fat, high protein, beer for breakfast kind of a place."             CLICK TO ENLARGE                   

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Delancey & Eldridge [SE Corner] (February 23, 2013)

Creative Sign on the Lower East Side. Is there a connection between the birds in the signage and the birds on the sidewalk?                     CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, April 15, 2013

34th & 7th Ave [SW Corner] (October 13, 2012)

The hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. Swarovski Crystal and FootAction make strange bedfellows.      CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, April 8, 2013

30th & 2nd Ave [SE Corner] (October 7, 2012)

We got robbed at Waterfront Ale House one night. That sucked, but it's still a pretty good dive bar, with above-average pub grub. Try the Venison Chili, the French Dip, or a burger (Elk, Ostrich, Bison)...all with homemade "catsup." Watch out...their "Sam's Hot sauce" is pure fire.

Friday, April 5, 2013

28th & Lexington [SW Corner] (March 8, 2013)

I've seen hookers hanging out in front of Little Michael corner store on 28th street and Lexington Avenue, as recently as 1999. Curry Hill, baby!             CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Graffiti Truck [Greenwich Village] (February 2013)

A graffiti-covered box truck at the corner of Bleecker and Carmine. Graffiti artist SK's piece depicts Bart Simpson writing repeatedly on a chalk board "I will not write SK on walls."   CLICK TO ENLARGE

Thursday, March 28, 2013

20th & 3rd Ave [NW Corner] (August 12, 2012)

Barfly in Gramercy is not a dive bar. Near the front windows, there's an elevated bar / perch from which you can drink and watch the rest of the patrons...drink.             CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Prince & Lafayette [SE Corner] (August 4, 2012)

Delicatessen in NoLita prepares deep-fried Reuben Fritters, "kind of savory, corned beef–filled zeppole, with a side of Thousand Island dressing." (NY Mag) Also, try the fried calamari, Chinese salmon, and Ovaltine pudding parfait.            CLICK TO ENLARGE

Saturday, March 23, 2013

30th & Broadway [NW Corner] (August 5, 2012)

So many little import/export stores crammed into this building in the Flatiron neighborhood... Including BeadKraft, dealing in wholesale Crafts, Beads & Jewelry-Making Supplies Since 1971.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Flashback (October 31, 2012)

Hurricane Sandy Damage:  A badly damaged Honda Civic near 31st Street and 3rd Avenue (Kips Bay / Murray Hill) in Sandy's aftermath. (Sandy photos here & here & here & here & here)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Canal & Broadway [NW Corner] (October 18, 2012)

This might be my favorite corner in New York City.The abundance of graffiti on almost every surface. The variety of elevations. The dilapidated perfume store. A hectic mess. Below is an up-close shot, taken by famous photographer Terry Richardson.                   CLICK TO ENLARGE