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You saw some of Helen Levitt’s street scenes, but here is a shot from Eileen’s  family album–Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

c. 1950. Photographer unknown, but we think it is Bernard Harkavy. Eileen is big sister.

c. 1950’s.   Photographer is Dad—Bernard Harkavy.  Eileen is big sister. Hope is little sister.  There is some drama going on, but what is it?  Re-post from Blogfinger 2013.  



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Union Square Park. NYC. By Paul Goldfinger ©.

Union Square Park. NYC. By Paul Goldfinger ©.  Left click makes it  a little bigger.


CHARLIE PARKER  (with strings)  from the Complete Master Takes album.   “April in Paris”


This song was written by Vernon Duke and Yip Harburg  (wouldn’t it be great to have a name like “Yip?”)  for a Broadway show in 1932 called “Walk a Little Faster.” The Count Basie and his Orchestra version (1955) is the most famous (“one more time; one more once.”)    The Basie version also was featured in the Mel Brooks movie “Blazing Saddles” where it is transplanted to the old west.   —Paul Goldfinger, music editor @Blogfinger


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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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Greetings from Manhattan. Walking and poetry are both rhythmic activities that I have tried, in several poems, to bring together to create a unified effect. Here is “A Couple” from my 2010 poetry collection, Brief Intervals of Harmony.


Best wishes,

Charles Pierre


Upper East Side, New York City. August.2014, By Paul Goldfinger ©

Upper East Side, New York City. August.2014, By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge



A Couple

By Charles Pierre


That man and woman walking side by side

almost glide together through the evening,

parting the oncoming crowd with a singleness

of rhythm that erases the differences in height

and stride. Palm to palm, with fingers entwined

and arms swinging between them, they keep

their shoulders straight and eyes fixed forward,

talking without turning aside, letting the words

swirl around them in a cloak of conversation.

His left to her right, they reflect one another,

both wanting an equal partner but remaining

self-possessed, the emptiness of darkest space

less a threat than if each were facing it alone,

though their need for connection goes mostly

unconfessed: a solitary pair accustomed

to the same pace, limbs moving in unison

through the rush of wind leading night’s advance.



Frank Vignola plays Gershwin.   “Our Love is Here to Stay.”

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Lower Manhattan . Paul Goldfinger photo. Silver gelatin image. Undated ©

Lower Manhattan . Paul Goldfinger photo. Silver gelatin image. Undated ©  Click to enlarge





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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 of buildings, 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. From our NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger © 2014





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In the Village, NYC. Springtime.  2015  ©  Paul Goldfinger. Tri-X collection.



MILES DAVIS     “Springsville”   is from his famous album Miles Ahead.  The album was arranged by Gil Evans. There were 20 musicians on the album, and Miles played flugelhorn throughout.  “Springsville is the #1 track.”



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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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