New York City Subway, the Uptown IRT, 1968
Another black and white subway shot, but look carefully – suits, ties, haircuts, giant newspapers you had to fold to read, no iPhones, and those terrible old hand grabs that split your skull if you accidentally stood up directly under them. Nearly fifty years ago, in the days when the 1–2-3 trains were known as the Broadway IRT – people just don’t look like that anymore. Scanned from an old Nikon negative taken sometime in 1968.
Uptown M7 bus, Amsterdam Avenue and 80th Street, New York, Nov 2015
This small boy, on the Uptown M7 bus today, had nothing to do with the two older ladies with walkers, but being New Yorkers, both of them immediately adopted him and spent the rest of of the journey explaining the finer points of walker operation and engineering. He appeared to love every minute of it.
Uptown M7 bus, Amsterdam Avenue and 78th Street, New York, Nov 2015
It’s amazing how young you can be and yet have learned already how to be a true New Yorker.
Christian de Portzamparc’s One57 Tower on West 57th Street New York. September 2015
Christian de Portzamparc’s One57 Tower on West 57th Street actually makes this cluster, viewed from near the Central Park Skating Rink, look even better. Best of all, Essex House, with its wonderful and wildly illegal sign by current standards, still reminds us of the view as it was for many years. There is some wonderful stuff here that has accumulated over the years, and still a whole lot more of these residential needles to go up, thanks to our previous Mayor, so keep watching.
Pete Myers, Myers of Keswick, Hudson Street, New York, Sept 2015
For any Brit living in New York, Myers of Keswick, on Hudson Street in the Village, is an essential destination for all that good stuff you grew up with. Pork Pies, Steak and Kidney Dittos, Cornish Pasties, Bangers, Chippolatas, Scotch Eggs, even British Bacon and Black Pudding. Pete Myers, who came to New York in 1971, prepares the best home-cooked quality British food daily, which rivals the best you can find anywhere in Britain. His store is exactly what everyone knew in every British High Street before the Gaps and Victoria’s Secrets, and drugstores drove them out. Give yourselves a treat, and don’t forget to pick up a couple of tubes of Smarties.
Downtown Number 1 Train, Broadway at 50th Street, New York. Sept 2015
Downtown Number 1 Subway Train, Broadway at 50th Street. One of a series of images of everyday life in the City.
Uptown M104 83rd Street and Broadway, New York. Sept 2015
Uptown M 104 Bus, 83rd Street and Broadway, New York. One of a series of images of everyday life in the City.
Mother and Child in Plaza Civica, San Miguel
Mexican Mums aren’t shy to trot their offspring out the minute they can get a pair of booties on them. This minuscule Mexican was on display this week just around the corner from us.
Store on Calzada de la Estacion, San Miguel de Allende.
Just a corner in San Miguel. One of thousands of the exuberant storefronts here.
Chalupines on sale in San Miguel
Chalupines is what the Mexicans call these tasty little creatures. They are in season now and here a couple of guys from the campesino have brought a bunch in to sell in our street. They’re crunchy with a toasty, yeasty flavor almost like potato chips. The chile-lime kind, which is what these little guys are seasoned with after a quick deep-fry. Or so I am told. I am looking forward to trying some, but would like an expert in attendance to show me the finer points of this particular kind of bug ingestion.