Paris. By Chaim Kanner.

Paris. By Chaim Kanner.  Click to enlarge

I bought this from the photographer when he was selling prints on a staircase leading to a brownstone in NYC. I think it’s wonderful, so I am featuring it again after showing it and writing about Chaim Kanner 6 months ago.  Go to the link and take the video tour of Paris:

link to Kanner

Here is a different song to accompany this image. It is by Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figuerido (guitar) called Que Rest-t’ll. Cyrille is a 30 year old jazz singer from France who is now based in Brooklyn.



By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger    (Written but not posted in 2011)

America has been conflicted about race ever since Thomas Jefferson declared that “all men are created equal,” while he was the second largest slave owner in Virginia. Today, nearly fifty years after the Civil Rights movement won major victories in the sixties, the volume has once again been turned way up on racial issues—currently with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

This case brings to the forefront the subject of racial profiling as a tool in law enforcement. The controversial event began when a white Neighborhood Watch volunteer followed Mr. Martin, a black teenager, who was walking through a predominantly white gated community. It’s not yet clear that this qualifies as racial profiling, but the subject has been raised.

We have had a Neighborhood Watch program in Ocean Grove, but it is barely functioning.  There has been no formal patrolling function for the NW in the Grove, so there is no danger of a Trayvon situation occurring here, at least not by our Neighborhood Watch. In addition the police do not meet with the Neighborhood Watchers to give them some kind of training. The OG Citizens Patrols drive around and call the police if they see something worrisome, but they don’t get out of their cars to follow people.

The police ask us to call if we see something suspicious: “If you see something, say something.”

If a black teenager walks into the Grove alone or with friends, with or without hoodies, people notice. Some might be tempted to watch them or even call the police on the basis that blacks are relatively unusual here, but so are Orientals, Hassids, and frat boys. Calling just because of someone’s color or clothing is profiling. The only time the police should be called is if someone, regardless of color, is acting suspicious.

But there is a flip side to this. I know some Grovers who would have to be pushed pretty hard into calling about any black person in the Grove out of fear that they might be accused of profiling. But not calling when you should is at least as bad as calling when there is no concern.

Update:   Currently  (2015) the Neighborhood Watch is defunct, and the NTPD has made no effort to resurrect it. It might be a good idea as an adjunct program to keep our town safe, especially with nice weather (hopefully) coming in.   We have lots of kids running around town in the summer along with vulnerable tourists and seniors.

In February 2014 (see link below) we had a fascinating debate about profiling and security in Ocean Grove.  The comments had 36 responses.

a racial discussion in OG 2014

From Stan Goldstein:   “Last week Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen’s wife, posted this photo of her, Bruce and Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks wife) on Instagram.    Patti says Asbury Park, but if you look closely, that’s right in front of Nagles facing east (Bruce, Patti and Rita facing west)… Pretty cool!  I think it was taken last Thursday (May 14). “Here they were right in downtown Ocean Grove!”

Rita Watson (L), Patty Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen.  Submitted by Stan Goldstein

Rita Wilson (L), Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen.  Corner of Main Ave.and Central Ave.   Submitted by Stan Goldstein

Maybe the Boss was in the Grove waiting’ on a sunny day.  Looks like he found one.

“I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day

Gonna chase the clouds away

Waitin’ on a sunny day”

East Village

Oustside  St.Marks-in-the-Bowery Church.  Photo by Paul Goldfinger, NYC Street Series ©

Oustside St.Marks-in-the-Bowery Church. Photo by Paul Goldfinger, NYC Street Series ©



May 19, 2015.  A misty afternoon on the Ocean Grove beach.  Hardly anyone was there.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

May 19, 2015. A misty afternoon at  the Ocean Grove beach. Hardly anyone else was there. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

“And when you wake up each morn

Aren’t you glad that you were born

Think what you’ve got the whole day through

Aren’t you glad you’re you”

Composer Jimmy Van Heusen 1945. Oscar nominee for this song in the film The Bells of St. Mary’s.

GERRY MULLIGAN and QUARTET  “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?”

Greetings from Manhattan. In almost every town and city of the country, one can see a Civil War monument, usually with a lone soldier in uniform at the top, his rifle by his side. Now, one hundred and fifty years after the end of that war, many of these statues show signs of deterioration from long exposure to the elements. Here, for Memorial Day, is the poem “Statue in the Park,” from my 2008 collection, Father of Water.

Best wishes,

Charles Pierre

Gen. G. K. Warren, Union Army. STanding on  Little Round Top at Gettysburg National Park,

Gen. G. K. Warren, Union Army. Standing on Little Round Top at Gettysburg National Park.  Official Park photo.

Statue in the Park

The stone hero is becoming mortal again.

Ordinary weather has undone the work

of Civil War. Sun and cold, rain and snow

strike his head, as brothers once struck

each other, in a climate beyond season.

Below the folds of his coat, two lovers

walk in a trance, far from history’s maw,

their cadence owing nothing to the slog

of soldiers or the slash of glinting swords

on a ravaged farmstead in Virginia.


Earth is recalling her boy from service.

Granules flake from the featureless face,

blending with dirt around the pedestal,

a wind from the river scattering him

throughout the park, sending him back

to his people on a Sunday afternoon,

his final sacrifice now part of the leisure

they have worked all week to secure,

his dust dispersed, in silent ceremony,

around the gentle steps of the lovers.



Portrait of Eileen

Ferry to Martha's Vineyard.  Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©

BOB DYLAN.    From his album “Shadows in the Night.”



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