June 5, 2014

Last night I held your ashes on my chest heavy, dense, solid as you physically were in life. An almost embrace. It was one sided but the sensation of your energy was holding me.

Today I feel lighter. I released your remains to the earth. To the edge of your hometown, New York City you now rest. In the cradle of your passions you flow— by the sea by the ships. The South Street Seaport was a second home. A place we have strong memories of happiness. A place you proudly displayed your artwork. It fits.

I was so disappointed to see the condition of the piers still mostly shuttered and battered by Hurricane Sandy. Its fragility apparent, like our very own. Some storms we weather some we don’t and I know you were done living Dad.

I acted alone today consciously. Many years we spent just you and I and it was also fitting to have this closure together on the 1st anniversary of your death.

I meditate for us both on peace and presence to the beauty and simplicity of life. I do lots of things differently than you and still remember our contentions but I also surprise myself with awareness of our likeness and carry much of your wisdom I wasn’t wise enough to admit was good advice. You were a decent man and a creative vessel. Ever curious, funny and fair-handed.
Thanks for putting up with me and I know you did the best you knew how. NY Salutes you, I salute you and see you next lifetime Jerry Z.

May 3, 2014

A Street Cart Named Tamale:

When in Rome do as the Romans. In this instance when in Bushwick on a Saturday morning at 8am, have a tamale.

This cart joins others on Knickerbocker Avenue at Suydam Street.

A modest filling of piping hot hominy, a dab of Central-American cheese and cooked flavorful strips of jalapeños giving good heat to get the morning juices flowing. At $1.25 each. A solid homemade breakfast -delicious and on the cheap.

April 13, 2014

Blown away a few weeks ago by this off-the beaten path American landmark. The Museum at Eldridge Street housed inside the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

It is at once oversized with character and stunningly intimate. It’s simultaneously the living footprint of immigrant old-world New York and breathtakingly fresh for eyes never seen. I’m rarely surprised by anything in the Big Apple yet this sanctuary, every inch photographic and historic, left me in awe.

It’s the most “churchy” Jewish house of worship I’ve ever seen and I love that. It’s nod to the ornate is a result of the synagogue being an innovation in New York and in America when it was built in the very late 1800s. It was bold and grandiose in the sense that Jews who were fleeing persecution in Europe could finally declare proudly this is where we worship this is where we are free.

A somewhat funny anecdote carved into the benches is the “trefoil” symbol. That marker generally captures the Christian theme of the Trinity but back then the builders likely, unknowingly, purchased them from an outlet selling church benches because that was all that was available.
It was groundbreaking. No real temples had been built in the US before.

NY always ahead of its time.

March 30, 2014
Fat NYC Pigeon reaches for healthy snack in hopes of slimming down for spring .

Fat NYC Pigeon reaches for healthy snack in hopes of slimming down for spring .

January 31, 2014

#Bikinis LES

January 30, 2014
Third Generation New Yorkers ❤️ Katz’s .

Third Generation New Yorkers ❤️ Katz’s .

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January 30, 2014

Essex Market, Lower East Side. Heritage Meats.

January 9, 2014
#NY #Transit

#NY #Transit

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September 10, 2013
Freegan score of the day. Vintage Gucci Wallet !

Freegan score of the day. Vintage Gucci Wallet !

July 31, 2013
A major freegan score today!

A perfect condition Le Creuset 3.75 quart oval stoneware, green. Retail price $60-$75… My New York City, found on curb in Bed-Stuy price? Gratis.

Another reason to love stumbling on goods in New York.

A major freegan score today!

A perfect condition Le Creuset 3.75 quart oval stoneware, green. Retail price $60-$75… My New York City, found on curb in Bed-Stuy price? Gratis.

Another reason to love stumbling on goods in New York.

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