Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Birth of a Bike Lane (5th Avenue, Manhattan)

Like a kid with crayons, street-makers stencil in the crosswalks and bike lanes before they paint the final lines.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Election 2016: The T-Shirt Version (Midtown Manhattan)

I get the feeling this t-shirt vendor on 8th Avenue is tired of the upcoming presidential election and it hasn't even officially begun.

Friday, June 24, 2016

For Short Time Only: A New View (Garment District, Manhattan)

The streets in Manhattan are often compared to canyons, with buildings substituting for mountains. But buildings are not mountains. For one thing, new ones come and go every 50 to 100 years. And when a building is razed, a new vista opens up. Light pours in. Life can be viewed from new angles.

Take, for example, 38th Street between 9th and 8th avenues. In one of those once-in-several-decades moments, a new view has been born, allowing strollers on 38th a little more breathing room, a little more sky and light, and a new perspective on 39th street, a block away.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Star Treatment (Rockefeller Center, Manhattan)

They wouldn't let us take photos at the taping of the Maya & Marty show. To satisfy my inner paparazzi, I snapped this image of the limo waiting for one of the guest stars (whose name is not very discreetly scrawled on the sign in the window).

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Subway Artist (No. 3 Train under Manhattan)

So this guy sits down and just starts drawing the guy opposite him. Takes him about 90 seconds to produce a picture. Enough time to create a pleasing likeness and elicit a donation from the subject, who takes the rendering with a smile.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Girl Walks Out of a Bar (East Village, Manhattan)

Lisa F. Smith, my colleague and friend (right), had a righteously fun book party to celebrate the publication of her memoir Girl Walks Out of a Bar, which she wrote in our writing workshop led by Jennifer Belle. The party was held in The Writers Room, of which Donna Brodie (center) is executive director.

Jennifer, left, gave an amazing toast in which she praised Lisa for her beautiful, candid writing about recovery from addiction.

Lisa's personal story is inspiring--and humorously told, and I recommend everyone interested in a) lawyers who work in high-pressure environments b) people who learn to grapple with life's challenges or c) having a good laugh buy Lisa's book!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pedestrian Killed (Garment District, Manhattan)

This sad scene greeted me when I left work. An SUV (at 9 o'clock in the photo) hit and killed a woman crossing 8th Avenue at 38th Street. The avenue, usually packed with traffic for rush hour, was eerily empty as police tried to figure out what happened.