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East 79th Street. NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger

East 79th Street. NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger. © Click and begin to see the light.



GRETA KELLER:  From her album  Blue and Sentimental.


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Yorkville. New York Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Yorkville. Upper East Side.  New York Street Series. 2014.  By Paul Goldfinger. ©


THE FUGEES–soloist Lauryn Hill.  This song, written in 1971 became a number 1 hit with the trio The Fugees in 1996. The group has characteristics of reggae and hip-hop.


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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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Paul Goldfinger photograph 2013. NYC Street Series.

Paul Goldfinger photograph . NYC Street Series. Washington Square Park




THE TRAMMPS:  “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart.”  (live)


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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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Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.

Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.  Click to enlarge.


Little Italy has been fading away for years. Yet you can still take a food tour there and visit family businesses that exist after more than one hundred years.

On Columbus Day,  the Italian-American community is celebrated —-Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.



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In front of St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery on East 10th Street. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. Click left for larger view

In front of St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on East 10th Street.  NYC Street Series. c. 2014.  By Paul Goldfinger. Silver gelatin print. Click image for larger view.  ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net


A quiet Sunday morning in the East Village.  In front of a church, it seems odd to see a lion. The lion looks towards the church and is contemplative. He carries a shield befitting his role as king of the beasts.

But, in contrast to that, he stands quietly mute, as if on guard against any evil that might appear in his small peaceful territory with his subjects, the pigeons, at his feet.  He wants to be the protector of anyone who might feel lonely and who would sit on those benches. You get the feeling that he would roar if it became necessary.


Denise Van Outen : “Tell Me on a Sunday”   It’s a sad New York story.

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Central Park. Silver gelatin darkroom print. Blogfinger.net. Undated.  Click on image to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor Blogfinger.net

GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA :  The song featured in the video below is “I Know Why and So Do You.”  It is from a 1941 movie called Sun Valley Serenade and it was a hit recording.  On the record label, the song is described as a fox trot.  Paula Kelly sang romantic the female solo.

The name of the song is intriguing —“I Know Why and So Do You.”    The language is one dimension removed from “I love you and you love me.”   The singer seems awfully sure of herself.    

The  lyric* in the song, “I’m in heaven when the music begins”  refers to how emotional ballroom dancing can be. Well, OK,  but that would have to be a marvelous dreamy slow dance.

Most  big band arrangements usually begin with the orchestra, with the celebrity musician leader often getting the earliest solo. Examples of that include Harry James (trumpet,) Benny Goodman. (clarinet)  and Tommy Dorsey  (trombone.)    Glenn Miller plays the trombone solo in this song, although an actor dubbed him in the  movie.   There also are some fine tenor sax and clarinet solos. 

Later in the arrangement a lovely vocalist takes the stage. It is an actress with Paula Kelly’s voice dubbed.   She performs on the recording with the all-male quartet The Modernaires. 

And a romantic movie plot line intertwines with this music in the film, where an actress roles her eyes while Paula Kelly’s solo is dubbed.   It looks like she has a bird’s nest on her head as she claims to hear Gypsy violins.   And the actor John Payne moves his lips for the male vocal.  Milton Berle has a bit part holding a cigar.

This music is heard but not seen in the 2018 soundtrack for the Oscar winning movie The Shape of Water which was set in 1962.

That movie won the Best Score during the 2018 Academy Awards.  Alexandre Desplat created a wonderful array of music for that movie.    Most of the musical moments were original except for a few special pieces including “I  Know Why and So Do You.” The latter, the Glenn Miller version,  was chosen to help out the romantic theme in this thriller film.

And now here is that same song as performed in the movie Sun Valley Serenade (1941) with Paula Kelly, The Modernaires , and Glenn Miller’s Orchestra .





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Paul Goldfinger ©. Central Park. 2014.


BUDDY HOLLY  with one of the sweetest songs to come out of the 1950’s.  He wrote this for his wife, 4 months before he died in a plane crash.

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Central Park c. 1970. Paul Goldfinger photo. NYC Street Series. ©

Central Park c. 1970. Paul Goldfinger photo. NYC Street Series. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger


When I see horseback riders I think of cowboy movies from my childhood or adult cowboy movies like “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”  I remember “High Noon,” Roy Rodgers, Mexican sombreros, and Indians.  I don’t think of equestrian competitions like they had in my last hometown–Chester Township.  I had a neighbor on my street named Bill Horsey, and whenever  I rode by his house, I whinnied, sending my sons into hysterics.  As someone with a funny last name, I found humor in Bill’s dilemma. These days the “boys” are less likely to laugh out-loud at my jokes.

There was a horse-drawn wagon in Ocean Grove which we all enjoyed seeing clopping down Main Avenue.   But that horse is gone now.

And finally I think of the dopey Mayor of New York City trying to put the horse-drawn carriages out  of business.   He lost that battle, and one quaint memory of old New York remains.

I recall taking this photo from one of those stone bridges in Central Park. The two riders were moving along briskly on a wintry day, and it seemed nostalgic even though I never rode horses except one time at Kutscher’s in the Borscht Belt where I got knocked off my mount; but that’s another story.

Here’s a song which evokes another horsey era, recalled by a Jewish guy from Minnesota—–Robert Allen Zimmerman,  aka Bob Dylan, with “Romance in Durango.”

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