Dark Days of Winter in Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY

All I’m doing these days is watching snow come down.  Keeping lots of food outside for the homeless cats and birds.  Knitting while watching TV or Inspector Morris videos on YouTube. I’m trying to read (“Crime & Punishment”), but reading makes me sleepy so then I go on Twitter to wake me up and end up being there for an hour or two.  And making op art/zentangle pictures:  below are some examples:

 

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Optimism During a Snow Storm

In response to the Post Weekly photo challenge: Optimistic

Since a snow storm is supposed to happen tonight, I have snow on the brain.  These are photos of people showing optimism during a snow storm.

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This person is optimistic that he can push his car to get it going again.  He better call AAA.
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These people are optimistic that they will be able to get to where they want to go in their car.  Dream on.

 

 

Weekly Travel Theme: Paint

Weekly Travel theme:  Paint
The following is some street art from my neighborhood of Port Richmond in Staten Island, New York. The above sign has nothing to do with anything.

Mural at Port Richmond Road and Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Mural on side of building at Port Richmond Road and Richmond Terrace, Staten Island

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Street Art on Castleton Avenue at Port Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY

weekly photo challenge: letters

The first thing that came to my mind with the word “Letters” was graffiti, which only shows the environmental influence on my mind. Below is a photo of a building next to where I live. The PFF letters are the insignia of a local gang, which I only know because some kid told me that was what he thought it was. Gangs put their insignia on buildings as territorial markers.   It appears on other buildings around my neighborhood.   I like the juxtaposition of nature and the urban world.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Header photo are shops along Port Richmond Avenue. One of the stores is a combination bakery/bar which is something I haven’t seen before.  You can buy a drink from the bar while waiting for your bakery order, or get a margarita and eat your pastry simultaneously.  Aaron Burr, who was vice president under Thomas Jefferson, died in Port Richmond.in 1836.

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The present community where I live is called Port Richmond,
Staten Island.  Port Richmond is just one of the multitudes of communities that make up Staten Island.  It’s one of Staten Island’s oldest and poorest communities and it is largely Latino (predominantly Mexican, but also Puerto Ricans and South Americans from every country).  Port Richmond was first settled by the Dutch in the 1600’s. Staten Island was originally named Richmond (still a common name here in Staten Island, i.e. we are in Richmond country) after Richmond, the illegitimate son of George III.  A major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought here in what is Veteran’s Park.

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Because of the large Latino population, there are many Mexican restaurants and grocery stores and a couple of Peruvian ones.  Since I love Mexican food, this suits me fine.  I grew up in West Los Angeles in an area that was also largely Latino, so this is nothing new for me.  It also gives me a chance to practice my Spanish, like every time I leave my apartment.

Despite having a multitude of poor families living above stores and in rooms, it also has some beautiful, historic homes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

People in Port Richmond like to display the American flag.  House on the corner of Bennett Ave. and Heberton Ave.
People in Port Richmond like to display the American flag. House on the corner of Bennett Ave. and Heberton Ave.
House on corner of Anderson Avenue and Heberton in Port Richmond.
Historic house on corner of Anderson Avenue and Heberton in Port Richmond.
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A home on Richmond Terrace that faces the Kill Van Kull near the Bayonne Bridge.  I love the 19th century architectural convention of the wrap-a-round porch.
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Latino musicians entertain on the street.

AndersonThis is a photo that I took on Anderson Avenue where it runs into Port Richmond Avenue. It was the prototype for my painting (below) that I named “Anderson Avenue.”

My painting "Anderson Avenue" 24" x 30" oil on canvas.
My painting “Anderson Avenue” 24″ x 30″ oil on canvas.  Man with foot up is texting.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Mexicanflag How Mexican culture is being reincarnated in Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York, USA

Street Singers from Mexico

Meat Market Sign

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Store Window on Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island
Many Mexican restaurants along Port Richmond Avenue, but for a good one stay in Manhattan.
Many Mexican restaurants along Port Richmond Avenue, but for a good one stay in Manhattan.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today June 1, 2012

The theme for this week was that the photo had to be taken today.  I had my camera date stamp my photos to prove they were taken on this day.

Below June 1, 2012

In Flight.  Photo taken on Anderson Avenue in Port Richmond, Staten Island
“He Turned His Back on Me.”  Photo taken on Anderson Avenue in Port Richmond, Staten Island