A Bridge Between the Past and the Future

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

verrazanoBridge2010Verrazano Narrows Bridge serving as a metaphor:  Crossing a bridge from the past to the future.

 [Verrazano Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island to Brooklyn, which most people have to cross to get to Manhattan when driving]


Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant


When I think of vibrant, I immediately think of Southern California and their colorful vegetation (pink cactus above)  and houses.  Below are few photos of vibrant structures in Venice, California.

House on the Venice, California Canals.  Venice is a suburb of L.A.  The canals were originally built in the early 20th century to mimic the canals in Venice, Italy
House on the Venice, California, Canals
Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice
Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice

Optimism During a Snow Storm–Revisited

In response to the Post Weekly photo challenge: Optimistic

Yesterday, when I posted Optimism During a Snow Storm, I was using photos from past storms.  Then just today we got a blizzard here in Staten Island.  I’ve been out all morning taking photos.

Man optimistic about shoveling snow in the middle of a blizzard.
Frank, who lives in the same senior home as myself, buying provisions from Kuma at our local 5-eleven at Castleton and Port Richmond Road.
Frank, who lives in the same senior home as myself, buying provisions from Kuma at our local 5-eleven Deli at Castleton and Port Richmond Road in Port Richmond, Staten Island.  Lots of beer being sold.  Beer helps people be optimistic, no doubt. 

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.

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



Street Writing in Staten Island, NY, USA

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: ALpHabeT

(Above sign appeared in Midland Beach day after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.)


MuRal at Bay Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue


MuRal – Close Up



Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless

In response to the Post Weekly Photo Challenge:  Weightless

The first thing that came to my mind on this subject, and of something that I might have a photo of, was clouds.  Especially clouds at sunrise.  When it’s a new day and the weight of the world has not yet hit us.

These photos I took on Raritan Bay in Staten Island, NY, where I used to take my dog for walks early in the morning and watch the sun come up.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering–Opening Night at Photo Gallery

In response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge:  Gathering

I took photo at the opening night of a Richard Avedon photo exhibit in San Francisco in 1980.  The photos were of the British artist Francis Bacon as seen on left.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!

In response to the Posts Weekly Photo Challenge:  Oops This is supposed to be a photo that was a disaster.  Usually my disasters, I delete immediately, but this one (above)  I kept after the fact.  As soon as I looked at it in my camera, I thought to myself “I think I’ve got a photo to fit the Oops! photo challenge.”

At first, I had no idea what that blurry object is in this photo, but now I can see that a man on a  Citi Bike rode by me just as I snapped the photo, which I took to show Santa Claus walking down the street. Also notice the man sitting inside at Starbucks.  He looks like his legs are cut off at the ankles. Taken in the East Village. NYC (photo is far more interesting if you click on it to enlarge.  You can see the people’s faces.)

Today was SantaCon Day, which occurs every year in NYC around this time.  That’s why there’s a Santa Clause in the above photo.  People dress up in Santa Costumes and go to bars and goof off. This event began a few years back as a much bigger way with venues in either Central Park or the streets of the West Village, but it’s popularity has really dwindled into just people going to  a few bars, that cater to the event, and getting drunk.   The event has gotten a lot of bad publicity in recent years because sometimes fights break out with so many people drinking.  The day keeps the police busy with a lot of stupid things.

Below are three photos that came out a little better.

One of the best dressed women I saw.
One of the best dressed women I saw in the Village.

Santa Con 12/12/15

Young New Yorkers celebrating the annual SantaCon pub crawl 2015, The East Village.  It was so warm today, some people were wearing shorts and tee shirts.  I’ve never seen it like this before so close to Christmas in NYC.

Life is a Caboret on Santa Con.

Life is a Cabaret on the annual SantaCon day on Broadway in the East Village.  K-Mart was selling Santa Hats for $3.00.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

On the Staten Island Ferry heading into Manhattan.  In this photo the new World Trade Center, on left with black top, is just about half done.