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Violet at the Arte Restaurant. April 9, 2013.

Violet at the Arte Restaurant. April 9, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click left for full view.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger   (This post was originally published on Blogfinger  in April, 2013)

While shooting some images in Greenwich Village, I wandered over to University Place for a Blogfinger Film Festival meeting with our producer Marlee. On the way I spotted a small restaurant just a few steps down the block on East 9th Street.   The restaurant caught my eye for two reasons.  One is that it is a place that looks like Europe.  There were tables out front with flowers , and the rich colors  of the facade  and the lights showing from inside said, “Eat here—it’s authentic.”

The other element that made the image even more visually arresting was the presence of a very tall young lady walking back and forth in front, speaking on a cell phone.  Her striking appearance was enhanced by her color scheme—-bright turquoise  shoes and yellow skirt.

I went up to her and asked if I could photograph her.  She said, “Sure.”   It turns out that she is Violet Hasangjekja. I could not resist asking about her nationality.  She said that she and her family are from Montenegro. Violet is the manager, supervisor, and event planner for the  family-owned Arte Restaurant at 21 East 9th Street.   The cuisine is Northern Italian.  The neighborhood is very scenic—right near the Washington Mews, one of the most famous streets in the City.

I was intrigued, so I went home later  to review all the visitors that came to Blogfinger from Montenegro in 2012. There was just one.  Violet’s image on the blog will make her our second Montenegrin visitor.

GLORIA ESTEFAN:  This song  “Hablas de mi” is  not what you might probably hear in Montenegro, but it means “talking about me” and we are talking about Violet, and this music seems to fit with her charming image.

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Paris flower market. by Paul Goldfinger  Re-posted from Blogfinger.net  January, 2015. ©

SOUNDTRACK:   Madeleine Peyroux is an American who has spent many years in France.  This song, sung in French, is called “La Javanaise.”  Supposedly it is difficult to translate. But it evidently is a bitter-sweet love song—something about true love only lasting as long as a romantic dance.

So, forget the translation. Everything in Paris is about love—at least that is its reputation, so just enjoy it and imagine what it means.

—-Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

MADELEINE PEYROUX   from her album Half the Perfect World  This song, “La Javanaise” was performed in the movie the Shape of Water by Madeleine Peyroux in 2017.

Madeline Peyroux

Madeline Peyroux

 

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Autumn, Scotrun, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full image. Copyright 2012.

Autumn, Scotrun, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full image. Copyright 2012.

There’s a town in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, near the Delaware Water Gap, called Scotrun. John and Jean live up a curved country road named after the family that settled that area. It’s called Krantz Hill Road. You drive up the hill and pass old barns and houses, spread apart. Hunters track deer in that part of the country. When deer season starts, schools are closed so the kids can join in. It starts with bow season, and then the guns appear.

John and Jean have a long driveway that rises to their home which was built in the 1930′s and sits on a hill. It’s a perfect house for that property which consists of woods and fields. They can relax in their living room and see the Gap. (No, not the store at the mall.)

They also can see the deer moving through along with bear that prowl around the neighborhood. They have rigged up a bird feeder that the bears can’t reach, and quite a variety of birds migrate that way.

Delaware Water Gap taken from John and Jean’s porch in Scotrun. By Paul Goldfinger

Delaware Water Gap taken from John and Jean’s porch in Scotrun. By Paul Goldfinger

If you walk through those woods, you find old stone walls which are common through woodsy areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. John is a hunter whose field dog is a German short hair named Gillie who gets to run free through the woods around the house, until John calls him. John is a no-nonsense guy, and that dog comes right back when summoned.

SOUNDTRACK. “Snowstorm Suite III: Spring and Autumn” by the Hermitage Museum Orchestra conducted by Alexander Titov. The Suite is composed by Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998. Russian)

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The Nighthawks. Vince Giordano is playing tuba and singing. Upper right corner. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. © April, 2013.

The Nighthawks. Vince Giordano is playing tuba and singing (but not simultaneously). Upper right corner. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. © April, 2013.  Click left for full view

 

 

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dancers two

 

VINCE GIORDANO AND THE GRAMMY WINNING NIGHTHAWKS from their album  “The Cotton Club Revisited.”  Vince does the vocal. Harold Arlen wrote this song for the 1932 Cotton Club Parade.

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. “Summer Tents”–anybody creeping around?
Paul Goldfinger photo

Re-post from 2012.

We have been having, according to Kathy Arlt, a bit of a “tent festival” on Blogfinger.  We have slow dancin’ in a tent and then Kathy’s historical account of tenting in the Grove.  Then we have the Hebrews sleeping in tents as part of the Passover story.

Well, it seems that throughout history, some hanky panky finds its way into somebody’s tent.  It sure did occur when the Sheik of Araby showed up, creeping around the campground.  Here’s Asa Prebner, even though he’s no sheik.   Asa is a rocker, and this is from his Session Americana album

—Paul Goldfinger

 

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Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright.

Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click for full view.

 

ALICIA KEYES:  “Empire State of Mind (Part II).  Broken Down.”  From the album The Element of Freedom.

 

“Even if it ain’t all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!”

 

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By Paul Goldfinger MD, Editor @ Blogfinger.net.  Re-posted.

Barry Levinson (b. 1942) is a film director known for his work featuring the city of Baltimore. I’ve always loved his movies, especially “Diner” and “Avalon. ” He also directed “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Rain Man.”

In 1987 he made the third in his Baltimore series—“Tin Men” starring Danny DeVito (a Jersey guy born in Neptune Township,) Richard Dreyfuss, and Barbara Hershey.

Danny DeVito on the Asbury beach July 29, 2002 during the Springsteen launch of "the Rising" Paul Goldfinger photo

Danny DeVito on the Asbury beach July 29, 2002 during the Springsteen launch of “The Rising.” Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net

The film, set in 1962, is about the con-men who sell aluminum siding door-to-door in Baltimore. The characters and dialogue are wonderful including several scenes with the guys sitting in a diner discussing television, gambling, women, money and their adventures as tin men. It features a soundtrack from the 1960’s including our song below by the Nat King Cole Trio, recorded in 1940.

“Sweet Lorraine” is a jazz classic written in 1928. There have been several hit versions, and the  Cole Trio rendition is the one featured in “Tin Men.”

Here it is:

I think that “Sweet Lorraine” is one of the best musical tributes written as a paean to a woman with a particular name. I found a list of 200 songs that contain a woman’s name in the title. These are the ones that have Sweet——: Lorraine, Mary, Melissa, Annette, Caroline, Virginia and Adeline.

But here is my list of favorite songs with a woman’s name in the title: (feel free to add your favorites:)

1. Judy is a Punk

2. Jennie From the Block

3. Wake Up Little Susie

4. Song for Myla Goldberg

5. Patricia the Stripper

6. Help Me Rhonda

7. Long Tall Sally

8. Lonesome Suzie

9. Christine Sixteen

10. Believe Me, Natalie

11.Run Around Sue

12. Donna and Blitzen

13. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

14. And finally my favorite: Don’t Walk Away Eileen

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By Charles Layton. (2011 on Blogfinger.net)

I happen to be reading The War in the Air by H.G. Wells, the turn-of-the-century British author famous for his prophetic ideas, depicted in what later came to be called science-fiction novels. The War in the Air foresaw World War I, describing it as a global combat employing enormous and powerful flying machines. It was written in 1907, only four years after the Wright Brothers’ first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.

About halfway through the book, a fleet of German airships moves in from the Atlantic to launch a surprise bombing attack against New York City. This German fleet, Wells writes, “reached New York in the late afternoon and was first seen by watchers in Ocean Grove and Long Branch coming swiftly out of the southward sea and going away to the northeast. The flagship passed almost vertically over the Sandy Hook observation station…”

What a picture! All those Methodists standing beside their tents marveling at the passage of an airship armada.

If anyone else has happened across an interesting reference to Ocean Grove in literature, please let us know.

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Saturday night. Ocean Grove, NJ By Paul Goldfinger

 

SOUNDTRACK.  Joe Venuti. This song is usually done with a trumpet lead—Louis A. mostly.  But Joe Venuti is something else altogether.  He uses a violin for the lead, with the trumpet coming in later. His voice sounds like a combo of two Louis—Prima and Armstrong.  PG

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Swimwear from Victorians’ Secrets. Re-posted from November, 2012.

By Paul Goldfinger, history editor @Blogfinger

In 1869, the Founding Fathers founded Ocean Grove in Larry’s Park (later, the name was changed to Founders’ Park.) Soon thereafter, many visitors came to this popular resort. Some people wanted to live here, but sleeping in tents began to wear thin, so a building boom began, and along with that came realtors in 1872.

They opened an office on Main Avenue and called it Century 19. Many of the realtors were young ladies who wore billowing dresses with hoops and crinolines that made them extra wide. It was fun watching 2 or 3 of them squeeze inside a tent. They drove their clients around in shiny buggies that said “20% down” on the back.

The sales pitch for selling houses here must have been a challenge because of all the limitations: no horses in town on Sunday, no alcoholic drinks, no tossing pie pans on Sunday, no carousing on Saturday night, and no hanky panky.

Well, that last one was quickly tossed out due to overwhelming opposition by the folks in the choir, especially the basses and the sopranos. Besides, Grovers did need something else to do on Sunday.

Another reason why there was no “blue law” for sex was that a baby was conceived in the tent colony,  and that is where the term “Founding Father” was born.

One of the problems was that Rev. Stokes had organized a lot sale. People came from New York City and Philadelphia to buy land in this unique town. Then, somehow, it turned out that they had purchased a lease. “What the heck avenue,” they complained.

But even today, no one knows why their house is sitting on somebody else’s land. Luckily, lawyers followed the realtors into town and they made it all official.

It should be noted that you couldn’t go to Asbury Park for fun back then, because it was a sedate place having just been founded in 1871. The Asburians tried to emulate the example of Ocean Grove, but good luck with that idea.

Watch for our next installment of OG Historical Snapshots when we will tell the story of Jewish Grovers and how they introduced bagels with cream cheese to God’s Square Mile.

And here is Dinah Washington, who knows what to do on Sunday:

 

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