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

Archive for April, 2014

Photo of the day: RUST NEVER SLEEPS

South Street Seaport, NYC 2014

South Street Seaport, NYC 2014

Photo of the day: RUST NEVER SLEEPS – As time marches on, there is one thing that is consistent and that is that rust never sleeps. It marches on and slowly eats away at decades worth of our history. It also happens to be the title of a live record album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young and American band Crazy Horse. It was released on July 2, 1979, by Reprise Records. The title is borrowed from the slogan for Rust-Oleum paint, and was suggested by Mark Mothersbaugh of the new wave band Devo.
Here we see rust hard at work at South Street Seaport, New York City.

Photo of the day: BY THE SHORES OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

BY THE SHORES OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Photo of the day: BY THE SHORES OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

 By the shores of the Brooklyn Bridge,

By the shining big East River,
Stand the Roebling towers,
Daughters and sons of Germany.
Dark behind it rose the city,
Rose the dark and gloomy high rises,
Rose the condos with penthouses upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining East River water.

 

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1855, edited by Hans Von Rittern 2014
(with apologies to Hiawatha.)

Photo of the day: COVERING THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

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Photo of the day: COVERING BROOKLYN BRIDGE – Strolling the Brooklyn Bridge is always a breathtaking experience. The trick is to start in Brooklyn Heights and first take in the view from DUMBO and the Heights then cross the bridge as Manhattan looms larger and large in front of you. On a crisp blue spring day it is always thrilling to me. Don’t forget to look down so you can see the cars below and the barges passing in the river. Don’t forget to look straight ahead so you see the spider web design of the cables. Don’t forget to look up so you can take in the majestic gothic arches of each tower. Currently the bridge is going through it’s final stage of renovations following the total overhaul of 1983 for it’s 100 year anniversary. Heralded as the first large suspension bridge ever built by my people, the German Roebling family, at a little over a mile long it stands as one of New York’s and America’s true treasures. Come cross it with me sometime!

Photo of the day: I FOUND I COULD SAY THINGS WITH COLOR…

by Meres One Cohen

by Meres One Cohen

Photo of the day: I FOUND I COULD SAY THINGS WITH COLOR… – “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way, things I had no words for” is a quote by famed American iconic painter Georgia O’Keefe (1887 – 1986) and used here in a painting by 5 Pointz curator and “Whitewash” artist Meres One Cohen. It is haunting to think that her words from a long ago generation would apply so well to today’s generation of street, graffiti and mural artists today.
If you would like to see more expressions by great artists on canvas and in photographs (mine included) come to the Jeffrey Leder Gallery this weekend and view the brilliant art brilliantly curated by Marie Cecile Flaguel!
The Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, L.I.C.
#7/G Court Street subway stop. One block away from 5 Pointz and PS1 Moma. Admission is free, open 12-6.

Photo of the day: WELCOME TO THE JET AGE

 

JET AGE

Photo of the day: WELCOME TO THE JET AGE – 1964 and the New York World’s Fair offers a look into the future! The marvels of microwave, the pleasures of plastics, amazing atomics, electrifying electronics, riveting rockets to the moon, mega cool monorails, the kaleidoscope of color television, video phones and computer pen pals! Golly gee wiz – it’s the greatest! Come to the New York World’s Fair fair and you’ll experience the marvels of the new jet age!

Photo of the day: WELCOME TO THE 1964 WORLD’S FAIR 50 YEARS LATER!

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Photo of the day: WELCOME TO THE 1964 WORLD’S FAIR 50 YEARS LATER! – I had the great pleasure of being one of the thousands that attended the 50th anniversary of the opening of the spectacular and futuristic New York World’s Fair today. The crowds on a Passover Tuesday were twice what they expected – and I was one of the lucky ones that got in to see the New York State Pavilion, those very George Jetson looking buildings still standing. Some of you may remember it as the 1997 “Men In Black” towers.
Mom and my parents took me to the fair several times and to be there today with good friends was surreal. I was even a part of a CBS news feature (video to follow). I took over 500+ photos so it will take me a while to sift, sort and edit since I am touring till Monday. I even have photos of a world champion rock climber climbing the Unishpere! Stay Tuned!

PhotoS of the day: 5 OF MY 5 POINTZ PHOTOS HAVE SOLD!

5 PHOTOS SOLD 5 POINTZ EXHIBIT collage

PhotoS of the day: 5 OF MY PHOTOS HAVE SOLD! – I had the best Easter surprise yesterday I could ever dream of. I stopped by the “Whitewash” exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery to say hello and was shown that I have 5 red dots – meaning 5 of my photos have sold. OMG! I was speechless (a rare occasion!). 5 photos/5 Pointz! Thanks to my dear friends Marie Flageul and Meres Cohen you are making a dream come true. I am so proud of the fantastic, stirring, emotional and historically significant show – come see the amazing art work of artists Auks, Cortes, Jerms, Just One, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Hunt Rodriguez, Topaz and Zimad documenting a piece of art history destroyed forever. The burning passion of 5 Pointz lives on!
The Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, Long Island City. #7/G train Court Street stop. One block from PS1 MOMA and 5 Pointz. Wednesday – Sundays 12noon to 6pm. Admission free. Art priceless. http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php

Photo of the day: AN EASTER BUNNY TAIL

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Photo of the day: A BUNNY TAILThe Nestle’s Quick bunny made an appearance at a local Greenwich Village Easter fair recently. He was very adorable and bounced around and danced so much with the little kids that his tail came loose. His cameraman quickly alerted “Quick” so they tried to find a secluded corner over by the vegetables and flowers that were still being set up.
That excited these two little girls who wanted to know if even chocolate bunnies really do love their carrots so much. The entire time they were so enchanted by Mr. Bunny that they were clueless that he was having his tail put back on.
“Ah, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I love carrots.”
“Ok, move it along kids.”
“Yeah, I’m gonna eat the carrots, in a minute, now give Mr. Bunny some privacy, move it along kid….”
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE !

Photo of the day: COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL FOR EASTER!

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Photo of the day: COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL, IT’S EASTER! – Liberate yourself for Easter!
Awesome visual provided by the Third Rail Projects dance group performance of “Yolk”.

Photo of the day: JESUS ‘CROSSES’ THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

JESUS WALKING ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRODGE

JESUS ‘CROSSES’ THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE: (Re-post from Good Friday 2013) I was conducting a walking tour across the Brooklyn Bridge this Good Friday and wondered why I was hearing this mass amount of voices singing up ahead of us. When we got to the center of the bridge there was Jesus and his followers crossing the bridge. Hundreds of people recalled the suffering and death of Jesus with a procession over the bridge in observance of Good Friday.

Called The Way of the Cross, the traditional Catholic pilgrimage began at St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn where Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over a short service. Observers then spilled out of the church doors to follow the Rev. Richard Veras, who carried a large wooden cross over the bridge.

The Way of the Cross procession in Brooklyn began in 1996 with a small group of friends. Participants visit five symbolic stations of the cross at St. James Cathedral, a point on the Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall Park, Ground Zero, and finally ending at St. Peter’s Church on Barclay Street in Manhattan.

People of all ages followed the somber Friday morning procession — some praying and singing out loud while others stayed silent. My Swiss guests were astounded to see so many people in the procession. I told them, “Having once lived at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, I have seen all sorts of people cross the bridge, from racers, protestors, 9/11 survivors and politicians – now I have seen Jesus crossing too.”