How it began…

Alice, tiring of her sister’s chatter, was getting sleepy.  She didn’t think much of it when a white rabbit appeared in front of her and pulled a watch from his pocket.  He began shouting, “I’m late! I’m late!” then he scurried into a thicket and disappeared down a rabbit hole.  Bored, Alice followed.  She tumbled and... Continue Reading →

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Please Stand Clear of the Closing Doors!

Subways are probably the number one target of complaint for New Yorkers.  Apparently we haven’t lived here long enough to develop the aversion, rather we continue to be fascinated by a system, that is able to move so many people and which is easily accessible from almost anywhere in Manhattan. Although there are frequent (warranted)... Continue Reading →

I’m Shameless

Okay, I’m guilty, even before we get started, but I am an artist, and sometimes we are shameful self-promoters. For those of you living outside The City, the first Thursday in each month is known as Gallery Crawl.  Most galleries in the area open their doors, provide offerings of cheese and wine, and promote their... Continue Reading →

Tag, You’re It

JAM came across something interesting to do.  We went down to the East Village along Houston Street (they mispronounce it here). But first….. Across from Shimmels bakery is the 1st Green Street Art Park. This is a line of walls where some of the most politico-socio relevant street artwork in New York City is on... Continue Reading →

Tired of Crowded Sidewalks?

New Yorkers, are you tired of the summer crowds that clog the sidewalks?  Looking for a bit of relief from the heat of summer humidity? Would you prefer walkways that are wide, clean, uncongested and cool?   This month celebrates the 6th anniversary of a secret avenue within midtown that was specifically designed to promote... Continue Reading →

A Nice Touch

I woke early this morning, just in time to see the Norweigan Escape pulling into the pier.   From our little perch 23 stories above the streets, we keep our eye on our city.   On the streets below, we see the yellow cabs and the black cars delivering New Yorkers to their destinations about... Continue Reading →

The Escher Perspective

I don’t exactly remember when I was first introduced to MC Escher.  I was young, in college, and someone had given me a 1000 piece puzzle of men walking up and down stairs.  It was Escher’s piece titled “Relativity”.  It introduced me to his style of impossibilities and made him a forever favorite. This week... Continue Reading →

Coney Island on the 4th of July

It seemed like a New York tradition, so we boarded a train to Coney Island to celebrate the 4th of July. We found Nathan's Original Hotdog stand where they were preparing for the annual Hotdog eating contest. We didn't actually see any of the contestants, so we ate some hotdogs ourselves, just to join in... Continue Reading →

Last Rites for a Cookie Store

We went to a funeral. Of sorts. For a cookie.  Actually, it was the cookie baker, Glaser’s Bake Shop. The disputed originator of New York City's iconic cookie known as the Black and White called it quits this week.  The famed Black and White is  a shortbread cookie heavily iced with dark chocolate on half... Continue Reading →

The Bad Portrait Artist

We are busy exploring this week. Thought you might enjoy one of our more popular posts. We visited Central Park last week and found Joey McDevitt in the same location. Be sure to visit him this summer.

Tip and JAM in Wonderland

We were leaving Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon tribute in Central Park.  There is a crowd every day, despite the weather, all day long, despite the time.  Everyone is having a picture taken sitting next to the Imagine mosaic.  There is a crowd around the mosaic waiting their turn for a photo.  The area is surrounded by park benches, full of tourists watching this spectacle unfold.

On one of the benches nearby, a local is belting out Beatle songs on an acoustic guitar.   His guitar case is laying open on the ground holding a half dozen dollar bills.  He nods a thank you to each contributor dropping their money into his coffer.  The whole scene seems more reverent than commercial.IMG_8723 7D bad portrait artist sm

A few steps down the path sits a young man, a little disheveled, a few days from his last shave.  He has a homemade easel set up that reads: Bad Portraits…

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