Monday, December 31, 2007

Times Square

Times Square buildings

The pole on the right would have the ball later but I am in Times Square around 2 PM on New Year's Eve. A beautiful day in NYC...

little man in Times Square

The little man checked the scene in Times Square and wishes all a Happy New Year.

Shooting Star

lamppost star Christmas decoration, Manhattan

A downtown lamppost decoration, Manhattan...

Happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 30, 2007


Target sign, 42nd Street, Manhattan

Very festive signage on 42nd Street, Manhattan...It's fun to see the lights!

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Power Shadow

shadow on residential building

"The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all...I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water."

[Eugène Ionesco (1909 – 1994), Rumanian-born French playwright.]

Friday, December 28, 2007

Saks Flakes

Saks Fifth Avenue snowflakes, Manhattan

Christmas came and went but we still have a few "snowflakes" hanging around...
Saks Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Pier Ruins

pier ruins, Hudson River, Manhattan

You might remember this view from a previous photo. On a beautiful Christmas Day, I walked over there again. The changing level of the Hudson River adds some drama to the pier ruins.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Washington Square

Washington Square Park Christmas tree with the little man

The little man walks at Washington Square Park, passing the Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Lighted Limb

lights on tree limb, Manhattan, NYC

A lighted tree limb below 14th Street between Avenues A and B.
Merry Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merwitch Door

merwitch graffiti

You have to like NYC, always offering something different to see, no matter what the season.

Here's to all of you, may you have great fun this holiday season. Thanks for visiting. Bless us, every one!

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Drummer

drummer, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Pa rum pum pum PUM!
[Drumming figure at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan]

Friday, December 21, 2007

Decorated Canyon

decorated canyon, Manhattan

Of course, NYC has some pretty elaborate Christmas decorations, especially in Manhattan (scroll down). But I enjoy the simple efforts, as well, like this one on Broadway--a little something to decorate the streetlights.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Meat Man

meat vendor, Manhattan

Tis the season for...meat! Well, sure, you can get this practically any day here but what could be better on a cold, people-everywhere-you-look evening than meat on a stick? Mmmm, mmmm! Smell that smoky goodness!

What the heck, go for it and have two.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fifth Avenue Wreath

big Christmas wreath, Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none

He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay

[ LEADER OF THE BAND, Dan Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007) ]

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Little Man

little man on 42nd Street

Last night, I happened to catch the little man walking on 42nd Street. What was he up to? Hard to say...the "jury" is still out.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saks Flakes

snowflakes and angels, Saks Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Snowflakes and angels, an annual event, just south of St. Patrick's Cathedral...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Post #1,000

no skaters at Rockefeller Center

What's wrong here? No skaters! Nobody gets to skate in the rain, even if they want to at Rockefeller Center. I wanted a nice, snow-falling-on-the-skaters-and-tree shot but, NOOOOO, we got rain instead of the predicted, big, bad, snow storm. Oh, well, stay tuned and, one of these days, you will see "better" photos of this landmark.

As the title says, this is post number 1,000 here at New York Nitty-Gritty. Thanks for continuing to visit. I like your comments, too, so keep 'em coming.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Post #999

graffiti, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

A not-so-subtle message to the hipsters and wannabes (same thing?) of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, know who you are. To be sure, the writer only means the best for you.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Warsaw

New Warsaw Bakery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the New Warsaw Bakery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. As you might guess from the sign, this is a Polish neighborhood with great things to discover in the local shops. You know, Polish stuff. You can even use Polish on the ATM's.

Though the weather looks like it might want to snow, we haven't had any yet.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Nipper, Albany, NY

Nipper still stands on top of the old RCA building, now a storage company, in Albany, NY.

Nipper, Albany, NY

He has a light on one ear, since, back in the day, he used to be one of the tallest objects making up the Albany skyline. No one would want to see a plane crash into ol' Nipper.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Little Man to No War

little man walks to No War

From Astor Place, the little man walks in the direction of No War, hoping for the bluer sky and more. Either way, the rain soon comes.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Red Dock

red and frost on a dock, Ketchikan, Alaska

Red and frost on a dock in Ketchikan, Alaska (Thomas Basin-ish for you "in the know" types)...

I had such a great trip to Alaska this November. If you remember, I also went in July, so, this year I had two great trips back home. A true blessing indeed!

Regular programming returns tomorrow. I hear the little man might show up, even. ;]

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Self 1347

shadow self portrait, Ketchikan, Alaska

Self Portrait de Milo, Ketchikan, Alaska

Okay, Okay, but I couldn't help putting on one more Alaska shot. Hopefully, you can bear with me.

Friday, December 07, 2007


boat rigging, Ketchikan, Alaska

Here's an encore: we see the morning moon and the snow-capped hills on Gravina Island (across from Ketchikan) through the rigging of a local boat. Be careful when visiting Ketchikan, Alaska on a nice day like in the photo. You may want to move there, forgetting about the 13 feet of rain that falls on it every year.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

13 Thursday - Ketchikan, Alaska

morning totem, Ketchikan, Alaska

Morning lights up the top figures of this totem in Ketchikan, Alaska. (scroll for more)
You might take another look at my Thursday Thirteen from July, as well.

totem wing, Ketchikan, Alaska

A wing of the above totem.

city view, Ketchikan, Alaska

From the top of the stairs near The Tunnel, looking over downtown Ketchikan and at the cruise ship dock and down Tongass Narrows.

Deer Mountain from ballpark, Ketchikan, Alaska

Deer Mountain as seen from the ballpark.

Ketchikan, Alaska, city logo on truck,

Logo on truck, City of Ketchikan, Alaska

phone booth and 24 hour parking

Two things rarely seen in NYC: a phone booth and 24 hour parking.

the tunnel, Ketchikan, Alaska

Yes, you can walk through the tunnel, besides drive through it. Stay on your side of the rail, please.

frost on Ketchikan Creek fish statue, Alaska

Morning frost on Ketchikan Creek's King Salmon statue.

festive lamppost, Ketchikan, Alaska

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

bumper sticker, Alaska Girls Kick Ass

As the bumper sticker suggests, "Alaska Girls Kick Ass". (license altered)

moss on frost, Ketchikan, Alaska

Frost on moss!

clam boy totem, Saxman, Alaska

The famous totem with the boy stuck in a Saxman, Alaska.

sunset, Kasaan Bay, Alaska

The sun sets on this scene and on my trip. I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of it.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Frosted Totem

Newman Totem, Ketchikan, Alaska

On this December morning, we find frost on the Newman Totem in Ketchikan, Alaska.

plaque, Newman Totem, Ketchikan, Alaska

Stay tuned tomorrow for a special ALASKA "THURSDAY THIRTEEN".
Yes, 13 photos from my November trip to Ketchikan.
Oh, gee, you will have to scroll...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Morning Frost

morning frost with Deer Mountain, Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska--I woke to morning frost with Deer Mountain in the background, as I packed my gear. Yes, the Alaska trip has come to an end.

Thanks for continuing to view New York Nitty-Gritty in spite of the Alaska photos. Not immediately but soon, we shall return to regular programming.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Tongass 3

Tongass Trading Company #3, Ketchikan, Alaska

Tongass Trading Company, Ketchikan, Alaska, has 3 stores in close proximity to each other, all right near where the cruise ships land. These bright-colored, fish-themed numbers help distinguish the stores from each other and attract "visitors".

Tongass Trading Company #2, Ketchikan, Alaska

Sunday, December 02, 2007