Merry Christmas from Gayle

A little bit of art work I did to hang in the Arts & Crafts room of the senior home I live in.

 

Christmas Construction

 

Today, Dec. 8, First snow day in Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY
Advertisements

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.

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

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nightime

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.

 

Street Art
Street Art on Castleton Avenue at Port Richmond Ave.
Castleton Avenue and Port Richmond Avenue.  The main intersection of Port Richmond.
Castleton Avenue and Port Richmond Avenue. The main intersection of Port Richmond.  5-Eleven Deli on left.  All the other communities on Staten Island have a 7-Eleven, but we only get a 5-Eleven.
5-11 closeup
Peeking in the window of 5-Eleven Deli on Port Richmond Avenue and Castleton Ave.  Very busy all night long.  This photo was taken in the middle of a snow storm.
Toco Truck on Castleton Avenue between Park Ave. and Port Richmond Ave.
Toco Truck on Castleton Avenue between Park Ave. and Port Richmond Ave.
Dominican Beauty Salon
Dominican Beauty Salon on Castleton Avenue.

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.

DSCN1717

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.

Sullivan'sAttackSign

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.
PortRichmondTerraceHouse
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.
DSCN0385
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.

The Pigeon — Photos (1984-2012)

I love pigeons. I feed them every day.

pidgeoncloseup
Pigeon on my windowsill. (1984) Los Angeles.
Open Shaft Way
Pigeon on Anderson Avenue, Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY
The Take Off
I printed this photo in negative mode and it came out with one of my favorite color combinations.
Pigeons Eating Breakfast.  I’ve discovered that pigeons like cornflakes, so I give them some, and I mix it with oats.  They get tired of just stale bread crumbs.
The contrast between the urban world and the natural world has always interested me. It’s as if nothing can be so completely urban as to keep all nature out.
The Trio
Pigeon showing off for my camera.  I feed the pigeons every day, so they are getting to know me, and are not afraid to get close to me, which helps me a lot with my photographing them.
Red Car, Staten Island
On the Street Where I Live
Blue Pigeon in Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY

Today in Staten Island

Taking photos, and then making this video from my photos, is pretty much what I did today, besides going to the market and walking home a mile through a snow storm, and doing laundry when I wasn’t on my computer. Ended the day painting little ridiculous designs while watching American Idol and then Blue Bloods.

All in all, I would classify my day as moderately productive. This is the neighborhood in which I live in Staten Island.  It’s one of the oldest and poorest neighborhoods in Staten Island, but it has some beautiful old houses.  Port Richmond has a large Mexican population, which is great for me because I’ve been studying Spanish for some time.  This was one of the first areas settled in Staten island back in the 1600’s. There was a Revolutionary War Battle fought here in what is now Veterans Park. Veterans Park is the oldest park in Staten Island.  The Veterans in the name refers to the veterans of the Revolutionary War.  Port Richmond has lots of history, which I love, having spent several of my college years as a history major.

Guess What? Again, Snow

Error
This video doesn’t exist

A video I made during our second snow fall of the season in Port Richmond, Staten Island.

In the video, Veterans Park is named after the veterans of the Revolutionary War. A battle of the Revolutionary War was fought where that park is now. Also, in the video, St. Vincent’s Manor is where I live. BJ is in charge of maintenance for the building. St. Vincent’s is federally subsidized housing for seniors. The building, opened in 1995, contains 78 one-bedroom apartments.