Night Falls on Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York, USA.
First settled by the Dutch in the 1600’s, Port Richmond is where I live. Although it’s one of the oldest and poorest communities on Staten Island, it’s not totally uninteresting. It’s the largest Hispanic community on Staten Island.
The following expresses my opinion on this matter:
Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.
They do not know, nor do they understand. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.
(this doesn’t mean only if they are United States citizens, as the Republicans seems to think.)
Let brotherly love continue. Do not be negligent in showing hospitality, for in doing so some entertained angels without knowing it. Keep in mind those who are in prison as if you are in prison with them, and the ill-treated as though you are suffering physically yourselves.
“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life, cats and music.” –Albert Schweitzer
The following are a few photos I took of “The Gates” in Central Park for two weeks in February of 2005. “The Gates” was an installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) of 26 miles of orange fabric gates, as you can see in the photos. These were extra, extra-ordinary. attracting thousands and thousands of visitors from all over the world.
At that time, I was working only a few blocks from Central Park, so I used to go over there early in the mornings before work which gave me good morning light to take photos, like the one used in the header. There was also much snow during those two weeks which I think also adds something to the photos.
This video from YouTube and the Tate gallery was so charming I had to put it on here. I love the little girl at the end who says that’s pretty good for an old man. That her grandfather couldn’t do that.
When I look at Matisse’s cutouts, I want to get some paper and try the same technique. Which I think I will as soon as I get through with this post.