Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Curtain Spills

Never lazy, afternoon light plays with a curtain and our eyes...

The world must be coming to an end because New York Nitty-Gritty has been nominated for something--finalist for The 2006 Best of Blogs Awards - Best Hobby Blog
They don't have a photo category, so, what the heck, I'll take it. Be sure to go there and show your support (early and often!). Voting ends April 13th.

Monday, March 26, 2007


St Marks Place, Manhattan

Yes, Sandy

doorway tags, Church Street

On Saturday, a faithful viewer asked a question: "Is there much graffiti in Manhattan?" The answer? Yes, Sandy, there is a lot of graffiti in Manhattan. I had your question in mind as I shot this specimen on Church Street in TriBeCa.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Intrepid Little Man

little man in the rain

Almost everywhere I go, I see him. The intrepid little man...He walks and he walks--and in any weather, too. Here, I saw him yesterday, on the West Side Highway close to Chelsea Piers. Rain? He scoffs. "Walk on, Little Man!", I yelled out. He barely noticed me as he pressed on his journey, more interested in the other little man going in the opposite direction.

I wish you well, little man. May you always carry on...

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Tag Doors

tag doors

Here's looking at you, not long before sunset. Somewhere on Clarkson Street in Manhattan...

Friday, March 23, 2007

So Williamsburg

Composition with Orthodox Church

Here we have a Williamsburg, Brooklyn composition featuring part of the famous Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. You may have seen it on the hit television show SEINFELD (in the episode where George pursues converting to the "Latvian Orthodox" religion for a woman).

Keen eyes will notice the absence of the familiar green patina. In the past year, workers repaired and cleaned the church's famous copper top.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


action figure, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Spring has come and it's time to get up and dance. Or get on the trapeze. Or something... Just get out there!

This graffiti figure "performs" daily in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Red & White

Red & White Spa

Outside the Red & White Spa in to learn MORE...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For The Birds

bird silhouettes of 59th Street

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

The Beatles

Monday, March 19, 2007

Malled ESB

Empire State Building via Manhattan Mall

The Empire State Building as seen from the Manhattan Mall on Sixth Avenue...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Little Man and a Blessing

Little man and slush shuffle

The little man, as usual, shuffles above the slush--this time, right after the Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade-goers and slush

Having so much to do in NYC certainly blesses those who live or visit here. But having the spirit to "get out there" in spite of less than perfect weather blesses one, too. I salute all the people who braved the chill and the slush to march in and/or watch yesterday's parade. Erin Go Bragh!

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Little Man Trilogy

Little man near Plaza Hotel with snow

As I slipped and slid in the slush and snow, I saw the little man near the Plaza.

Little man with parade prep and snow

Moving closer, I could see that the little man thinks about wearing the green as he walks near Saint Patrick's Day Parade barricades on 59th Street.

Taxi with broken bumper and snow

I nearly dropped the camera when I saw this taxi's bumper and the little man in the background fleeing the scene .

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Pier Ruins Incident

lower Manhattan and sunlight at incident angle

An extra shot for Friday...Here we see sunlight hitting the Hudson River and pier ruins at an incident angle to the camera (and a bit of lower Manhattan at the top).

Enjoy your weekend!!

TriBeCa Benz

Benz parked in TriBeCa

Park at your own risk.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Graffiti Portrait

graffiti portrait

Here's looking at you, kids, from Kenmare Street in Manhattan. Do they even need to lock this door? I call this a great security plan: urban camouflage!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pier Ruins ESB

old NJ pier ruins with Empire State Building

Enjoying the great afternoon on the Jersey side of the Hudson River, I stopped to look at the ruins of an old pier and take advantage of the view of Manhattan. You see the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and more in the background.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Box Story

cardboard box on Brooklyn sidewalk

A weird scene on a Greenpoint, Brooklyn sidewalk...Every picture has a story, don't it?

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Snow (Hey, Oh)

last remains of snow, with shadows and cigarette butts

By covering all the crud on the streets and sidewalks of the city, if only for a short time, snow (Hey, Oh) ranks as quite a blessing, well, unless too much falls at once but we haven't had that "worry" in some time.

last trace of snow with shadow  and poo

Of course, some things appear when the snow (Hey, Oh) melts that one might rather not see. Sorry, kids!

stoop after most snow melted

Last but not least, here's a follow up to the STOOP photo from earlier this week. You can see only a tiny bit of snow (Hey, Oh) remaining in the shaded corners.

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[all apologies to THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS]

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Little Man

Little Man walks on Cleveland Place and Kenmare Street

The little man walks near a famous decal on Cleveland Place at Kenmare Street in Manhattan. The little man in the distance walks on Lafayette Street.

I Spy

Graffiti with vent, pipe,  sidewalk, and more

Turn your clocks ahead tonight for Daylight Savings Time. Don't forget!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Looking Pays

clouds and sky with pipe and railing

I look up to see the sky and clouds. The illusion that the clouds come out of the pipe like smoke amuses me.

footprints and cart tracks in snow

I look down to see footprints and cart tracks in the snow. Soon gone but fun while it lasted.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Graffiti Collage

brick wall with graffiti and snow

Only a bit of snow fell yesterday but left some interesting results. Here the snow has added itself to a graffiti design. Can you read the writing on the wall?

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

By George

sculpture of George Washington

Tourists mingle around the sculpture of George Washington on Wall Street...On April 30, 1789, Mr. Washington took the oath of office here in New York City to become the first President of the United States.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007



Our tax dollars at work...Who wouldn't want to support "INTEGRITY", especially in the business world? But, then, the enforcement of integrity looks like such a dirty business.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Negative Space


On 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues...We refer to the space between objects as "negative space". Well, sometimes negative space can be a very positive thing.