Archive for the ‘Photography: New York City Street Series’ Category

By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. April 1, 2014. ©

By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. April 1, 2014. © Re-post from 2014.  NYC.


The Chelsea Market, which is referred to as an urban food court, is located in Manhattan—- 75 9th Avenue. The market fills two city blocks,  stretching from 9th Avenue to 11th Avenue. The Chelsea Market is much more then your average food court.  Vendors here sell hand-crafted soups , breads, farm fresh vegetables , seafood , coffee, wine, and every type of meat cut you can imagine. Unique art work adorns the walls of this underground market, and city dwellers punch away on their iPads while munching on a freshly made lobster roll and sampling a glass of Merlot.

Check it out, enjoy people watching, but bring your credit card because nothing is cheap in the Big Apple.

—Moe Demby.

PAUL SIMON  from his album Graceland

“A man walks down the street

He says why am I soft in the middle now

Why am I soft in the middle

The rest of my life is so hard

I need a photo-opportunity

Na na na na .”

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No Turns New York. By Paul Goldfinger ©

“No Turns.”  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Mid-town Manhattan.

FRANK SINATRA recorded this song in 1979 for his Trilogy album. It first appeared in a Martin Scorsese film in 1977 called New York, New York and was written by  Kander and Ebb (Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman)  and first performed by Liza Minnelli in the film.

Robert de Niro rejected the first song written by Kander and Ebb for the movie, and our song below was the result of the re-do.  It was first titled, “The Theme From New York, New York.”

I recall hearing this song performed in that film by Liza.  It was a nightclub setting, with the spotlight on her. It struck me that it was an amazing song, and I remember wondering why I hadn’t heard it before.  It’s the only thing from that movie that I recall, although that’s true of many of the movies I have seen.—Paul @Blogfinger.

“Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leaving today

“I want to be a part of it: New York, New York.”

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Fifth Avenue at Central Park. August, 2014. © Paul Goldfinger photo, NYC Street Series . Click to hear the melody better.

LEN CARIOU AND THE ZIEGFELD MALE CHORUS (with a wonderful staging of the Irving Berlin song)  from the  London  production of Ziegfeld  (about the Ziegfeld Follies—flapper era review.) Some of you may know Len Cariou from his role as the father in Blue Bloods (CBS)

Ziegfeld Folllies. Internet photo. Click to enlarge.


Ziegfeld girl. 1920’s. Internet photos (PG did not take this photo)

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Lincoln Center. Undated. Silver gelatin print. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Lincoln Center. Undated. Silver gelatin print. By Paul Goldfinger ©

PEGGY LEE:  This song was a hit in 1969 for Peggy Lee.  It was featured on the first episode of the last season of Mad Men.  Don Draper is haunted by the lyrics and the haunting melody.

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Upper East Side. NYC.  Paul Goldfinger ©.


STAN GETZ   (sax) and GARY BURTON  (vibes)     “Little Girl Blue” from the album Getz For Lovers.

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Guantanamera juices. By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. © 2014

Guantanamera juices. By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. © 2014

Mariachi Real de San Diego  “Guantanamera”

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Central Park. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Central Park. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge

NAT KING COLE   (requested by Kevin Chambers)  The song is by Ray Noble from 1941, and there was a movie of the same name that featured this song.   Re-posted—A girl in her summer clothes.

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Clippity clop. NYC Street Series. Aiug. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Clippity clop. NYC Street Series. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

SIERRA BOGGESS    Album:  New York City Christmas–a benefit for ASTEP. Christmas music is always in style.

Sierra Boggess

Sierra Boggess


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Stephen Goldfinger. Central Park, 2014. Blogfinger.net ©



Green Vistas

By Charles Pierre

I walk the hard and darkened streets
of Manhattan as winter thaws,
where steel and concrete choke the earth,
where nature can’t unfold or flow.

Gaudy neon and bits of glass
sparkling in asphalt swell the night
with portents of spring that lead me
to a park on the river’s edge.

My left hand flies from its pocket
to test the air. The air says, Write,
until trees are flaming with leaves,
until waves are emerald fire.




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“I’ll take Manhattan.”   Central Park in early spring (April 22, 2014) by Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net

By Paul Goldfinger, Poetry editor @ Blogfinger.net.

This song is dedicated to those New York poets who enhance our e-pages with their art.  Charles Pierre and George Held often reference New York City in their poetry.

Recently both of them have sent us offerings set in early spring as crocuses emerge from the snow and as a poet finds nocturnal inspiration in a City park.

Charles’ latest poem “Green Vistas”  is on the launching pad, but I am waiting till all the nor’easters fly with the birds to other locales. I try to make the reality of life provide a backdrop for their work when it is presented on Blogfinger.

The song below, sung by 5 time Grammy nominee jazz singer Karrin Allison from her album Collage,  was written by jazz bassist and songwriter Jay Leonhart.  I believe Jay is the bassist on this recording.

I have heard Jay perform live  on a number of occasions, and he is known for singing his original and funny songs while playing his upright bass. Sometime he works alone—singing while accompanying himself.

Jay Leonhart has played bass with all the greats, including Sinatra, Gerry Mulligan, Marian McPartland, Tony Bennett and so many others.

I suspect our BF poets will enjoy this song called  “Robert Frost.”  It’s wonderful!

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