You don't really see many people using the payphones in New York anymore. But when you do, the person usually has a very interesting look. Notice the three sweatshirts.
Type F Twin Lamppost. Replaced in 2000 by a replica Bishops Crook Lamppost. Located at Sutton Square and Riverview Terrace.
I was contacted about a month ago by a reader named Robert who seemed to have an uncanny knowledge of streetlamps in New York and who sent me these beautiful photos. I absolutely love lampposts (particularly the older ones) and so it's my pleasure to post them here.
I think it's a shame how most of the older lampposts have been taken down. They are ornate glimpses into our cities past and they should be preserved like any other landmark.
Type 24A Modified Lamppost. Photo Taken in 1978.
Bishops Crook Lamppost (Type 6B) on Bleeker and Mercer. Photo Taken in summer of 1977 and the lamppost was removed later that year.
Above is a gorgeous Hagermeister postcard from around 1910. I love this card because it shows the vibrance of the East Side at this time. What are all of these people doing? The people in the background look as if they are walking down the street, while the people in the foreground look as if they are standing around and watching something. Everyone, men, women and children included are wearing beautiful hats. People lean out of the windows for a view of something. Elevated train tracks can be seen in the background.
There is one clue in the card as to where this actually took place. There is a small sign for a "Szendy Merchant & Tailor" with the number 328. I can't seem to find any historical records for a Szendy merchant in New York, but then again, I'm not really sure where to look for that. At least we know that 328 is located between 1st and 2nd Avenue, but the actual street alludes me so far. To the right is a cider shop with what looks like a German name.
I just put up a new article about the old, abandoned City Hall subway station, called the "Crown Jewel" of the MTA transit system by the Transit Museum.
Here are a few of the photos, but to see the rest and read about the station, click on this link: The Old City Hall Subway Station.
So I just created a Zazzle Store which will allow me to sell cards and t-shirts and such with my images. I've heard a lot of good things about Zazzle and it takes a lot of the grunt work out of it for me. With my old service I had to have all of the cards shipped to me, and I had to fold them all, purchase boxes separately and put it together (and store them all). It really wasn't worth the time and effort.
Now you can order exactly how many cards you want and they will be shipped directly to you. Very exciting.
And I also put a few t-shirts in there with the Chrysler Building image. It's coming in the mail so I'll let you know how it turns out.
Also I will be adding more images soon, but if any of you have a particular request then please let me know.
So I've been pretty preoccupied the last couple of weeks making some major changes to the site. A lot of them are under the hood, but here is what matters.
1. I lowered my prices and added a 10% discount for the next month. A lot of people lately have been expressing interest in purchasing prints but the prices have been too high given the state of the economy. So for the time being I'm coming down to meet the demand.
2. Reordered the galleries. To make it easier to search for prints, I added a Best Selling Prints section to both the New York and Travel portfolios and organized the New York portfolios into City and Central Park photos.
3. I added the option to purchase just a print without a frame or mat. For anyone who wishes to frame it themselves or bring it to their own personal framer.
4. Free shipping. Shipping is now free domestically for everything.
5. Added a bunch of prints. Self Explanatory.
Well that's the gist of the major changes that I've made. If you are interested in purchasing something, it's a very good time to buy because I don't think I will be able to lower my prices anymore without the quality suffering at all.
But here's to the computer work being done and spending the next few months focusing on photography.
Found this mattress on St. Mark's street. It's unclear if this is an actual bed bug infested mattress or just a piece of street art, but I think it's the latter, especially since it's signed at the top.
Bed bugs are a huge problem in New York, and one that is not going away any time soon.