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Streit’s matzoh factory is on Rivington Street, lower east side of Manhattan.

Scene:  Wegmans checkout counter.  A man is at the “7 or less” register to pay for a box of Streit’s matzohs.

Checker:  “Did you have a nice holiday?”

Man: “You don’t have to be Jewish to eat matzohs.”

Checker:  “It’s the Star of David around your neck.”

Man:  “Oh.”

—Paul Goldfinger

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The Lighthouse Cafe, Sanibel Island, Florida. Breakfast. Paul Goldfinger photo.

The Lighthouse Cafe, Sanibel Island, Florida. Breakfast. 2012.  Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click left for larger version  (Don’t you wish life were like that?)


SOUNDTRACK:   Scrappy Lambert from The Great Gatsby.  The Colonial Club Orchestra.  —PG 


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Checkin' it out. The New York street series. By Paul Goldfinger. 2011. ©

Checkin’ it out. The New York street series. By Paul Goldfinger. 2011. ©







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Going to the movies on 42nd Street (no hookers or drug dealers in sight)

Going to the movies on 42nd Street (no hookers, porn shops, or drug dealers in sight)  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  What a relief that the sign doesn’t say “confessions.”


Re-post from 2013, but this movie deserves remembering on this New Year’s Day

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

This movie just opened, but it is clear that it will be a big hit.  We saw it on a big screen in mid-town New York in the afternoon. I love to see films in those New York theaters where the screens are huge and the sound systems spectacular, especially during the day. This multiplex has dedicated 3 screens to “42.”

Jackie Robinson steps onto the field in his new Brooklyn Dodger uniform. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. We'll use them as long as nobody yells at us.

Jackie Robinson steps onto the field in his new Brooklyn Dodger uniform. All photos off the screen by Paul Goldfinger. We’ll use them as long as nobody yells at us.

“42” is the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball.  He broke the “color barrier” in 1947 when Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, bravely ignored considerable opposition when he brought Robinson up to the big leagues.

The movie covers the years 1945-1947. It is beautifully filmed in a subdued color palette that is just perfect for the mood of a movie that depicts a very specific time in America. The costumes and settings are just perfect.  Racism was prevalent thoroughout the country, and particularly in baseball.   As you might expect, this movie is about a talented athlete with great personal qualities who manages to put up with all sorts of abuse while performing at a high level in helping his team get to the  World Series. He accomplished this feat even after he is forced to learn a new postion–first base–and even though he was only a rookie.

The themes about personal courage and bravery  in overcoming such a powerful social force  as racism are among the most important elements in this very significant movie.

The baseball scenes are mesmerizing:  in the locker room, riding the team bus, getting caught in a run down between 2nd and 3rd, rounding the bases after a home run, a collision at home plate, and a horrifying intentional  “beanball” incident;  and there are others just as good.

Jackie Robinson is played by a fine actor named Chadwick Boseman.  But his character is not very complicated. The film doesn’t really tell us much  about Robinson’s early influences, his personal opinions or how his values were shaped. So the role for this actor doesn’t have much depth, but it is powerful nevertheless.

Branch Rickey in his Dodger office. Played by Harrison Ford.

Branch Rickey in his Dodger office. Played by Harrison Ford.

The most interesting character in the film is that of Branch Rickey who is played by Harrison Ford in a huge leap from Han  Solo (“Star Wars,”)  Jack Ryan (“Clear and Present Danger”) or  “Indiana Jones.”   Rickey was a religious man who had been planning to integrate major league baseball, and the movie digs into how he accomplished that goal and how he decided to choose Robinson to be the first.  Ford did a great job in capturing Rickey’s passion, bravery, and fortitude.   Harrison Ford may get an Oscar for this role.

This is one of the most captivating moments in baseball history. With the crowds screaming racial slurs, Pew Wee Reese, the Dodger shortstop put his arm around JR and just stood there with him until the noise quieted.

This is one of the most captivating moments in baseball history. With the crowd screaming racial slurs, Pew Wee Reese, the Dodger shortstop, put his arm around Robinson and just stood there with him until the noise quieted.

Take your kids to see this film. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it.  The “N word” is used a lot, but it is necessary, and kids should hear it.

Fans shower Robinson with abuse.

Fans shower Robinson with abuse.


A SELECTION FROM THE  “42” SOUNDTRACK  by Mark Isham. The selection is called  “Pee Wee and Jackie.”

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Tuscan vineyards. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left for full view

Chianti vineyards. By Paul Goldfinger © Click image for full view


CLINT EASTWOOD.   “Doe Eyes”—The love theme from the Bridges of Madison County”— album version.

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Paul Goldfinger photo.

Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Paul Goldfinger photo.


I’m not there to enjoy the snow-less snowstorm with y’all, but this is a remembrance  of a snow event in the Grove, January, 2013.    It gives me reason to show this house and to play this song again.


Christine Ebersole won a Tony in 2006 for her performance on Broadway in Grey Gardens.  This was the first musical to be made from a documentary. The show is  about two reclusive socialites  living together in a dreary derelict  house  in East Hampton.


Here is Christine Ebersole  (with Mary Louise Wilson)  singing her signature song “Another Winter in a Summer Town.”—PG

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Ocean Grove Fishing Pier. A wreath was tossed into the ocean from a small boat. 2011.  Paul Goldfinger photograph.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (text and photos)

It was a gloomy, rainy day Wednesday, December 7, 2011.  A small crowd had assembled at the end of the fishing pier for this annual event. But this time it was extra special. Not only is it the 70th anniversary of  a vicious attack against our country, which killed over 2000 people and nearly destroyed the Pacific Fleet, but very few of the veterans are still around to participate. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will be disbanded at the end of this year.

We spoke with Bob Hodges of Neptune. Bob is the Senior Vice Commander of the Monmouth County American Legion (see photo below). He is 83 years old and he spent 20 years in the Army, being involved in three wars. He was an 18-year-old “kid” from Chicago when he entered the service in 1946. His first deployment was in occupied Japan. He is an official WWII vet because, although the shooting stopped in 1945, the war was not officially over until 1946. He participated in the Battle of Pusan  (Korea) when UN forces, including Americans, successfully fought off a North Korean Army advance. He also was in Vietnam. He limps a bit due to some knee problems, but he seems quite vigorous, and he has a great sense of humor.

Today there were representatives of veterans’ groups, individual veterans in their special hats, politicians, and citizens. Because of the rain, a brief ceremony was held inside the OG Fishing Club house. A wreath was tossed into the ocean from the deck of a small boat that was bobbing vigorously in the water. We shot the photo gallery in black and white because the vast majority of WWII photography was done monochrome.

Bob Hodges of Neptune: 83-year-old Army vet, Senior Vice Commander of Monmouth American Legion.

Albert Hairston, Quartermaster of Neptune VFW Post 2639. Served in the Army 1945-1975

After the event: chatting on the pier.

The rain didn’t bother the visitors. They were proud to be present.

2020 update:  Sorry for being one day late.  It was unavoidable.  Never forget is an often used slogan, but we, as a society, must remember as well as look forward.  WWII was an event that overwhelmed the entire world, and the danger was a take-over of democracies like ours by two maniacal countries which murdered many and which would have killed even more if given the opportunity.

America, a beautiful and honorable nation, set aside isolationism and paid a huge price for its part in saving the world.  We must not forget those who sacrificed but also we remember in order to learn lessons for our country.  The price was paid, and we must be conscious of what needs protecting in the USA.  Never forget.

Paul Goldfinger,  JWV Post 125, Monmouth County.

MUSIC:  The main title theme from the HBO miniseries:  The Pacific: “Honor”

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Tuscan Shadows

Pistoia, Italy. 1996. © By Paul Goldfinger

Pistoia, Italy. 1996. © By Paul Goldfinger


MARIA CHIARA.  From the opera La Wally by Alfredo Catalina



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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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