a grand entrance | upper west side, nyc


even though i grew up in morningside heights—more the upper upper west side—i spent the a lot my time during the 20 years of my life on the west 70s. most of that time was at my alma mater, the collegiate school, and a lot of it in this famous building, the apthorp, where one of my best friends ever lived with her mom and brother, also still a good friend. they haven’t lived here for a while, but every time i walk by it seems i have fonder and fonder memories. and i also seem to greater appreciate the ornate architecture of this now 100-year old building

station wary | upper west side, nyc


the city is changing so quickly these days that ground level views I spent half a lifetime enjoying disappear almost as quickly as batting an eye. and i’m on the upper west side so infrequently that when i find myself coming out of the subway on 72nd and broadway, i am gladly overwhelmed with nostalgia that the view turning the corner is actually made more and more rewarding each time for remaining mostly the same as when i walked these streets everyday half a lifetime ago

spring is coming | upper east side, nyc


so, we all know we’ve had one long-ass crazy winter. but us new yorkers always new that spring just had to return eventually, right? well the one almost always surefire sign of an impending warming trend is when foliage first starts to appear on the long-barren branches of plants and trees. this bud tells us that nyc will soon enough be “going green”. time for shorts, sandals, linen, short sleeves, no sleeves, long walks, outdoor dining, handheld ice cream, and kisses worth remembering for where exactly they happened. many have jumped the gun already, living as if the temperatures were already in the 70s. but soon, none of us will have to pretend anymore. for spring is coming!

jazz (is) history | harlem, nyc


many have already lamented the closing of harlem classic jazz space lenox lounge. it’s also going through a bit of a cultural renaissance. and as i watched this little girl stroll by a place that epitomized what a cultural mecca harlem used to be, i wondered is she was even remotely aware of the historical reverence this now boarded up storefront represented, or if she will be part of a new cultural that will as great define what harlem was and can be

whose lemans? | upper east side

whose lemans? | upper east side

a quick trip back from the local bank down a street i walk almost every day, and i was nicely caught off guard by this beautiful old school pontiac lemans (i had to ask my car aficionado friend exactly what make this was), in a gorgeously retro sunburnt orange, and sitting parked and unattended with its hood slightly popped. made me happily nostalgic

leaving in a blurry | upper east side, nyc


so i’ve been testing out a new film and flash combo on my hipstagram app—one that takes great lowlight, high-contrast images, and converts them to black and white. while coming out of local fairway supermarket, I decided to see how this app combo would take an outdoor night shot. unintentionally, I snapped a shot before the app lens could lock focus. wound up with a blurred image that immediately reminded me of how many of my nights looked when I was out drinking to excess. I am as of today 26 days sober, and I am now glad to be able to use this image as a reference and reminder of my newly rediscovered “clarity”

hittin’ the road trip | [gallery]

Bemus Point, NY

i don’t take off enough time. lucky for me last summer i have from friends who pretty much made me take time off, road -tripping up to jamestown, ny to hang with two of my all-time best buds for what had to be the most fun i had all year. good lookin’ out, danny and walter, and you guys can relive the whole experience with me going perusing my hittin’ the road trip | instagram gallery

“one man’s ‘brash’ is another man’s leisure!” | upper east side, nyc

one man's 'brash'

running a quick errand locally and on my sidewalk was this discarded chair which, by all appearances, had nothing wrong with it. maybe if i was just out of college and newly residing in the neighborhood would i have grabbed this and taken it home. but between the possibility of cat urine, bed buds, or a housed rat family, i decided against it. but for those brief few seconds, there was a bit of art on my street

bird’s-eye view | upper east side, nyc


yes, i was likewise surprised that i was able to get this close to the pigeon without it flying away. i never thought it was infirmed at all, as i had just swooped in from down the side street of my apartment building to land on this garbage receptacle just inches in front of me

polar complex | upper east side, nyc


the second coming of the so-called polar vortex saw the city blanketed in the same amount of snow as the first, yet with bigger, fluffier flakes, and softer winds that this picture actually portrays