Today I had the good fortune to stumble upon Beta Spaces in full swing. Not only did I bump into Adrian of Brit in Brooklyn (who is an incredibly nice chap, by the way) but I saw some great art to boot! Here are a few of my faves.
Reading the Sunday paper on Flushing Avenue.
Just look at this sun-drenched living room! I wonder how much this phat pad “in the heart of Williamsburg”* goes for a month? $2,000? More?
Behold, the Grattan Street “Heprat”!
You can see more snaps taken during my excursion “down south” by clicking here!
I have for eight years now known “The Professor” as both a nieghbor and D.J. for the Beauty Bar. What I didn’t realize until recently is he is an insanely talented photographer. Follows are a few of his snaps, see for yourself!
The new Kellogg Diner on Metropolitan Avenue.
Some Garden Spot “Sky shine”.
Our very own C-Town…
and some very lonely muffins in search of good homes at the Peter Pan Bakery!
Just another day at the Dupont Street playground.
But all of his photographs hail from North Brooklyn. This one was taken in Elmhurst, Queens. And given the history we witnessed last Tuesday I feel it is appropriate to close with this image from 14th Street in Manhattan.
You can see the previous and many more great street shots by the Professor by checking out his flickr page. Check’ em out!
*Who, like myself, found the conduct of the 94th Precinct Tuesday night out of line. Follows is my favorite passage from her spot-on post on the subject:
…There is very little justification for their (the N.Y.P.D.’s) behavior. And they only got away with it because they were doing it to white kids in Williamsburg. If they had tried to pull an action like this in Bed-Stuy it would have been an international incident.
Filed under: Area 51
One reason I do not keep a diary is because the one time I did my parents read it and I got bawled out. Big time. I suppose this is why twenty years later I elected my (on occasion) less-than-savory sentiments on the Internets: if I am to have no expectations of privacy, the more the merrier. As a matter of fact, my favorite reads from the junk shop are OTHER people’s diaries. These turn up pretty regularly. Most are pretty dull but occasionally I’ll find a real page-turner. As a result I know much intimate details from lives of people I have not and probably never will meet: the night-stands, bad days at work, good days at work, what he or she made for Christmas dinner six years ago and so forth. Which brings me to the item to the left.
This is the frontispiece from a “penny diary” I found recently. It belonged to one Lee Fisher of 443 Grand Street, New York, New York. Since it was absolutely miserable out yesterday I gave it a read. While not very detailed it did give some indication as to what the daily life of an average Joe living in the Lower East Side almost 100 years ago was like.
After mulling it over a bit I decided to embark on a little project. Publish a series of posts featuring the tomes of Mr. Fisher. Since I have no images of him or the other folks who graced his life I decided to pair select entries with images from my cache of old New York City photographs.
Here is the first installment. Enjoy!
January 8, 1917
In store until 7:30 p.m. Met the boys at Stitch’s. Saw them beat up Harry Kaplan. Some fight. Read a book. To bed.
January 19, 1917
(You can read his diary entries for January 1 – February 2 by clicking here.)
February 9, 1917
In store until 7:30 p.m. Had some ruff words with Sam about the work. Played pool. Read a mag, a few newspapers. To bed.
(You can read his diary entries for February 3 – March 4 by clicking here.)
March 28 & 31, 1917
In store until 12 o’clock, The work is getting on my nerves, Though Spring just came around. Read a newspaper. To bed.
In store until 12 mid. Spring is certainly getting on my nerves. Read newspaper went to bed.
(You can read his diary entries for March 5 – April 3 by clicking here.)
May 2, 1917
No work today. Saw the “Twin Bess” with Sis Sarah in afternoon. Went to see Belle & did not enjoy as well as usual. To bed at one.
(You can read his dairy entries from April 4 – May 3 by clicking here.)
I hope you have enjoyed this voyeuristic trip back in time. In the next installment our protagonist whiles away the summer at Coney Island, goes “machine riding” with his friends and ponders taking a trip to Cuba. Stay tuned!
Filed under: Williamsburg
From Graham Avenue.
Basically this post is an excuse to feature what has to be one of the most diabolically clever party invitations I have ever seen! Those of you who want to learn about this event (which is slated for 7:00 p.m. tomorrow at the “backroom” of Union Poll) can get the scoop by clicking here.
Filed under: Area 51
From 4th Avenue.
Although this is incredibly last minute I want to pass along this adoption event Empty Cages Collective will be throwing today, November 8, 2008 starting at 1:00 p.m. Why not drop by P.S. 9 and make a new friend or two (like Hodgepodge, the lovely lady who graces the above flier)?
Kitten & Cat Adoption Day
November 8, 2008 ,1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
169 North 9 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
From Manhattan Avenue.
Filed under: Williamsburg
From South 5th Street.