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Paul Goldfinger ©.  Flatiron Building. Tri-X collection. c.1990.



By Paul Goldfinger, Photography editor @Blogfinger


Like Ocean Grove, the Flatiron Building is on the US National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in 1902 and has a steel triangular frame which sits at 5th Avenue, Broadway, and East 22nd St.  That part of NYC is called the “Flatiron District.”

This building has been a favorite subject of photographers.  The name flatiron refers to the shape of an antique metal  clothes iron.

From a photographic point of view, sometimes you get strange angles, as there is with my photo above which gives the illusion of Flatiron tilting.

Professional architecture photographers use large format cameras with special equipment to get the  correct perspective.

But many early photos of the Flatiron show the same off-perspective, but those photographers just accept the result and don’t comment about it.


Below is Edward Steichen’s famous 1904 night photograph of the Flatiron.  He got the angles just right; probably with a large format camera where you stick your head under a black cloth.


Edward Steichen 1904


From   Uptown Lowdown, a Jazz Salute to the Big Apple (live) with Warren Vaché   (trumpet), Ken Peplowski (clarinet) and other famous players we have “Rose of Washington Square” and  “Broadway Rose” :





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Times Square. NYC. August 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge


Cast of Showboat:  “Life Upon the Wicked Stage”


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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



dancers ver 2


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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August 2014. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

Times Square.  August 2014. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge


We had a Blogfinger visitor yesterday  from Hong Kong, no small city either.  This music is called “A Countess from Hong Kong” and is a soundtrack selection from the movie Charlie Chaplin.  The performance is by Carl Davis conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Lillie Devereaux Blake Elementary School, founded 1894. It is  a public school on the Upper East Side—one of the best elementary schools in NYC.   Lillie was a suffragist and supporter of public education.  Photo by Paul Goldfinger, BLOGFINGER.net



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Mid-town. Theatre District. Paul Goldfinger photo. c. 2013. Blogfinger.net

Mid-town. Theater District. Paul Goldfinger photo. c. 2013. Blogfinger.net.  NYC Street Series.   Click to enlarge. ©


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NYC street series. By Stephen Goldfinger, NY correspondent.

NYC street series. By Stephen Goldfinger, NYC Blogfinger correspondent.  ©

WARREN VACHE´  and friends.  “Teach Me Tonight” (how to work my washing machine).  From the album Stardust.

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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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Paul Goldfinger ©. New York City, Greenwich Village. TriX collection. Undated


BOB DYLAN  From his recent album Triplicate   (2017).   The song is from the 1930’s when Frank Sinatra  recorded it with the Harry James Orchestra.

Now this lovely song is rescued from the dustbins of musical history by Bob Dylan.

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Paul Goldfinger ©.  Phones.  New York City.  Undated. TriX collection.



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