In Retrospect: New York NY


New York Public Library
December 15, 2015

Our flight was to take off for New York from Las Vegas around 10 pm, if I remember correctly. Due to a belligerent, and probably drunk, passenger on the arriving flight, we were not able to board until 3 in the morning, which has absolutely nothing to do with this photo. We were lucky enough to be staying with friends who lived on Fifth Avenue and 36th Street at the time. The public library was just up the avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets.

I loved this library. And I didn’t even see any books!


Public Transportation

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges
Stillwell Avenue Elevated Subway Station Brooklyn NY December 12, 2015

Stillwell Avenue Elevated Subway Station
Coney Island Brooklyn NY
December 12, 2015

My mother died in 2001. My dad, 14 years later. He had always wanted to take my mother’s ashes back to Coney Island, where they had met when they were both teenagers. Just before Christmas of 2015, my wife and I traveled to New York to carry out his wishes.

We commingled their ashes and, on December 12, 2015, scattered them over the beach at Coney Island.

The photo above is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Public Transportation.


Prompts and Challenges

Might as well get this over with:

Bah, humbug!

I hate Christmas. I don’t much care for kids either. And before you start reading into my proclamation, let me assure you that W.C. Fields did not much like children, either. Some of you younger people might not remember that name. Go look him up. I’ll wait.

My favorite W. C. Fields quote:

“Anyone who hates children and animals can’t be all bad.”

and then there’s;

“I like children – fried.”

(though I remember it as: “I like children – boiled, broiled, or in a stew!”)

So I give you the only Christmas photo I could find in my archives. Taken on a Little Italy street in New York City last year.


Thanks must go to The Girl That Dreams Awake for it is she who tossed the gauntlet of a challenge at my feet. (Well, to be honest, the gauntlet was tossed at anyone who would pick it up.) Go check her out and join in if you like. We’re all a friendly bunch here. Except for me, of course.

Oh, and best leave the children at home!

West 45th

The Theater District

West 45th Street, The Theater District, New York City

OK, another image of my dad’s. I just went through what I have on my laptop and it looks like he was really busy when he was in New York last December. And I’m sort of jealous. He’s got some good stuff here. I think it’s the camera. I mean, the guy hasn’t done any serious photography since I was an idea! And the story I get is that I wasn’t even his idea but my mom’s.

Lucky for me she used to be able to get him to do whatever she wanted! That’s all I’m saying.

(This post is for steveo who wanted to see more of my father’s images.)