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

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

play ground | upper east side, nyc


stumbled upon this blue octopus squeeze toy on the sidewalk just popping out of my apartment for a quick trip uptown. although it put a brief smile on my face, i couldn’t help but think that there was a young toddler or baby somewhere that was sad for losing it

“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

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