Daily photographs by HANS VON RITTERN, with humorous, artistic and social commentary on life in the big city.

Archive for December, 2013

Photo of the day: THE NEW DEFINITION OF ‘HOT POCKET’

HOT POCKET

Photo of the day: THE NEW DEFINITION OF ‘HOT POCKET’ – Seen in Chinatown, New York – a woman in one of the open air markets straddling an electric heater between her legs to keep warm. That’s some intense heat – ouch !


Photo of the day: THE APOLLO THEATER in HARLEM MOURNS MANDELA

Apollo Theater, 125th Street Harlem. 12-6-2013

Apollo Theater, 125th Street Harlem. 12-6-2013

“The Apollo Theater mourns the loss of civil rights leader, educator and revolutionary politician Nelson Mandela. In 1990, Nelson and Winnie Mandela visited Harlem, New York shortly after his South African prison release. His triumphant story of fighting against the South African government for their racist policies resonated deeply with the Harlem community.
It was an honor to have Mr. Mandela visit us in Harlem and we send our condolences to Mr. Mandela’s family, friends and supporters around the world.”

 

© 2013 Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Apollo Theater, June 27, 2009

Apollo Theater, June 27, 2009


NELSON MANDELA mural in Harlem on 125th Street. R.I.P.

Nelson Mandela mural 125th Street Harlem

Nelson Mandela mural 125th Street Harlem

Nelson Mandela  1918 – 2013. Thank you for changing the world peacefully. May you now rest peacefully.
(Harlem mural by Franco Gaskin, seen on 125th Street. Malcom X, Obama, Mandela, Dr. King)


Photo of the day: BENT OUTTA SHAPE

BENT OUTTA SHAPE

Photo of the day: BENT OUTTA SHAPE – Dinosaurs of a (not so long ago) bygone era. A fire call box. When was the last time you saw someone use one? In today’s era of cell phones (what happens if there’s a blackout and you can’t recharge??) and the national 911 system, the corner fire alarm call boxes are ceasing to exist here in New York along will public telephone booths. This casualty was seen in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn at the corner of 7th Avenue and 86th Street.
The next dinosaur to go into extinction are the gas stations, they are being sold off rapidly in Manhattan for the valuable land. Next…?

Photo of the day: HANS CRUISES NEW YORK

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Photo of the day: HANS CRUISES NEW YORK – I spent five days taking 35 Germans and one American on a total sightseeing tour of New York City! They saw the whole big apple from top (Harlem) to bottom (Battery Park/World Trade). The minuses: getting up at 4:30 am to travel from Queens so I can meet them at their hotel in Seacaucus, Jersey at 8:00am. Dropping them off in Jersey at night and that long, long cold mass transit bus ride back. The pluses: The wonderment in their eyes seeing Times Square for the first time. Taking the famed Circle Line Manhattan boat cruise at sunset. Their eagerness to walk along Fifth Avenue decorated for the holidays.  The giddy Empire State building visit. The look in their eyes the next morning after they visited the places I had recommended. The hugs and German home made cookie I got at the airport as they sadly said goodbye…makes all worth while 🙂
Can you tell it was cold?

Can you tell it was cold?