Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seed vendor, San Miguel de Allende, Feb 2017

Immaculately dressed as always, this lady sits for hours waiting for customers for her bags of pumpkin seeds in San Miguel.

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Traditional Food From the Campesino

Traditional food from the Campesino, Feb 2107

Each day, traditional dishes are brought in on the bus from the campesino for sale in the little square at the end of our street. One wonders how long this traditional food will last as the fast-food chains make constant headway into Mexican culture.

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Mexican Roots

Indigenous features in San MIguel, compared to a 3,000 year-old Olmec carving.

Mexicans are now one of the most racially integrated societies – most Mexicans have inherited genes from all over the globe. But it is wonderful to see some faces that still clearly exhibit features characteristic of the first Mesoamerican cultures like those of the colossal heads carved 3,000 years ago by the Olmec – the first major civilization to appear in what is now Guatemala and southern Mexico.

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Madison Square Tower

Madison Square Tower at 45 East 22nd Street. January 2017.

Madison Square Tower on 22nd Street by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Architects, is a cut above most of the other recent additions to the City skyline. Here it peeks out from behind the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, a fine example of the classic crop of Manhattan skyscrapers. The third boxy residential tower on 23rd Street lacks any of the aspirational qualities of the others and looks particularly pedestrian in comparison.

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From the Archives

Eugene McCarthy Rally, 1968 Election Democratic Nominee Contest, Madison Square Garden, NY, April 1968

Eugene McCarthy Rally, 1968 Election Democratic Nominee Contest, Madison Square Garden, NY, April 1968

From the archives, an image of a Presidential election campaign in the good old days. Senator Eugene McCarthy ran to become the Democratic candidate but lost to Hubert Humphrey, then Vice President, who in turn lost the election to Richard Nixon. Taken in Madison Square Garden in April 1968.

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Jane and West Fourth

Bulldog and owner, Jane and West Fourth streets, NY, October 2016

Bulldog and owner, Jane and West Fourth streets, NY, October 2016

This Sphynx-like bulldog and owner seen in the mini-park recently built at Jane Street, West Fourth Street, and Eighth Avenue. Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Don’t Tell Trump

The Statue of Liberty, seen from New York Harbor at night. August 2016

The Statue of Liberty, seen from New York Harbor at night. August 2016

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! Or so it says on the base plaque. One last photo before Trump has it torn down. Not our Donald’s vision for America.

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Those Were the Days

The Brooklyn Bridge, seen through the Manhattan Bridge, August 2016

The Brooklyn Bridge, seen through the Manhattan Bridge, August 2016

When men were men, women were women, and bridges were bridges. These structures were very innovative and exciting examples of design when they were built, as they still are today. Most importantly, they were part of a forward-looking attitude to infrastructure, still functioning effectively more than a century after they were first opened. The Statue of Liberty can just be seen in silhouette, on the horizon, below the span of the Brooklyn Bridge. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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A Tall Story

Lower Manhattan, seen from the Harbor, August 2016

Lower Manhattan, seen from the Harbor, August 2016

The cluster of buildings around the new World Trade Center building (just to the right of center), while dramatic in their way, are an uninspired heap architecturally. The Trade Center tower itself, claiming to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – but only if you count the antenna on the top – seems in reality pretty squat and mundane. With all the architectural talent around, I think we could have aimed higher (pun intended). Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Back in the Big Manzana

Uptown M7 Bus, 65th Street and Broadway, New York, Aug 2016

Uptown M7 Bus, 65th Street and Broadway, New York, Aug 2016

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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