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

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Photo of the future: HELP SAVE NEW YORK, VOTE BILL DeBLASIO !

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Photo of the future: VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE DeBLASIO! – GO out there and vote! I want a real human being in City Hall. A man whose family looks like the rest of us. A man with feelings and a heart. Not ice in his veins. I don’t care if all his promises can’t be reached, or if he will screw up and falter – I want a mensch, a human being I can approach and relate to. I want my city back! I got rid of Christine Quinn, one of the most cold calculating, selfish, power mad, destructive politicians of modern times, lets make sure MTA-thief Joe Lohta losses by a huge margin!
YOU can make history and get rid of the elite detached nanny-rule of this Bloomberg tyranny. In my born and raised 57 years as a New Yorker I have never seen a mayor do as much to destroy and harm my beloved city as bastard Bloomberg. We have NEVER lost as many long time established stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, historical neighborhoods and places and business places as with his greedy rule of allowing quadruple rent increases to squeeze (in some cases) 100 year old businesses out of business so he could build yet another mirror glass ivory tower for his billionaire friends. He has done more damage than 9/11 and hurricane Sandy combined, both of which we are rebuilding from. You cannot rebuild from the onslaught over priced glass ivory towers, the destruction of historic neighborhoods, the squeezing out of the middle class, the invasion of chain stores in even the most historical of neighborhoods, the racial and socioeconomic division of this city, the genocide of the middle class as what has occurred in the last 12 years of Bloombergistan.
Bloomberg is a thief. Oddly enough he went from being the 18th richest man in the country to 10th richest man as the zoning laws, historic district laws and street patterns changed and Citi-bikes have invaded and devoured our city. All those deals went into his back pocket. The zoning commission is working around the clock to cram through all of Bloomberg’s excessive destructive plans such as encircling Grand Central Terminal and the iconic Chrysler building with glass super towers!
I am tired of the little dwarf who is about as much a part of the rest of us as a cold rock from outer space. His Napoleonic syndrome of dominant power over every little aspect of New York went too far.
DON’T “ASS-U-ME” DeBlassio will win or win big: May I remind you , that is how bastard Bloomberg got this third term because of the anger and apathy that let everyone assume he would win his bought third term. Apathy and laziness looses you your city. VOTE! – Take 15 extra minutes before or after work, take the dog on a voting walk, turn off the TV, grab a warm coat, take your children with you and let them know they are a part of something great, take someone you love and share this exhilarating chance, but most of all, know that this vote is one of the most crucial votes you will cast in the last 100 years of this city’s glorious history and certainly determine our next 100 years.
HELP SAVE NEW YORK – VOTE BILL DeBLASIO ! ! !  

Photo of the day: 9/11/2013 SO MANY LOSES / SO MANY GAINS

THE MOMENT & WTC
Photo of the day: 9/11/2013 SO MANY LOSES / SO MANY GAINS (and…karma is a bitch!) – On this day in New York when we remember the over 3,000 loses of loved ones at The World Trade, a work place I once called home on the 102nd floor, we also last night gained so very much back! A dedicated group of individuals who sought to stop the hemorrhaging of this city, banded together and defeated one of the most corrupt, cold hearted, and scheming politicians since Boss Tweed in 1853, councilwoman Christine Quinn last night.
Weiner's goodbye

Weiner’s goodbye

Donny Moss and 91 year old Natasha

Donny Moss and 91 year old Natasha

The mighty Quinn: For the past twelve years, Quinn and Bloomberg have systematically destroyed New York City as the city has become a city of the über rich and the very poor, 45+% now live near or at the poverty level. We have lost over 12 hospitals during their term in office, glass luxury apartments replace them. Quinn ruled the city and controlled the zoning laws with her slush funds making the city open season for the greedy real estate developers as zoning law changes have become the norm. South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 is being torn down, neighborhoods like Harlem, Greenwich Village and Soho are loosing their soul. Her tearing down of St. Vincent’s Hospital, it’s church and the 9/11 memorial is the most egregious. As the years passed, she became the most powerful politician only second to Bloomberg, a power that was had by vitriolic temper outbursts and control of the city funds.

 Arrogance
How much is that doggie in the window? To show her lack of character, she was against all animal rights activists to the point of refusing to pass a bill that would now make it mandatory to require sprinkler systems in pet shops. Let the puppies and kittens burn, along with the workers.
Daniela and ABQ friends

Daniela and ABQ friends

Karma is a bitch! In 2011, I lost my Gray Line tour guide job of seven years thanks to Quinn. She single handedly destroyed the double decker tour guide industry by pushing through a ‘headset bill’ in order to please a few well heeled residents of Greenwich Village who had complained that tour guides on the open mics were “too loud”. The original bill did not provide for the headsets to be connected to a live tour guide, me. Councilwoman Gail Brewer added the proviso in the bill that a live guide must be giving the tour. Since Twin America the monopoly that owns the double decker tour bus companies City Sights and Gray Line are heavy contributors to her Christine Quinn’s campaign, miraculously the ‘live guide’ proviso was taken out of the bill in the middle of the night. No sound tests were ever done as required. I headed a group called “Keep New York Live” and protested at every TV station and at city hall with the help of my fellow tour guides. On the final day of our fight we had a twelve noon rally planned on the steps of city hall. No press showed up. At 12:15 I called friend and transit reporter Greg Mocker of WPIX11 and asked ‘where you all?’ Greg’s response “well it’s canceled isn’t it? Quinn said it was canceled.” The bill passed with Quinn’s single authority. Over 200 tour guides were no longer ‘allowed’ to come to work or were given insulting low buy out packages. No work, no health care, nothing.
Well Ms. Christine Quinn – karma is a fierce bitch. YOU took MY job away in 2011 and now I  have taken YOUR job away in 2013 ! ! !
2011 TOUR GUIDE PROTEST at NBC STUDIOS

2011 TOUR GUIDE PROTEST at NBC STUDIOS

The heir to the throne: With an arrogant sense of entitlement as covered in the New York Times, she also had the ’empty chair syndrome.’ At many of the local mayoral forums chairs were set up on stage for all the mayoral candidates, hers – was usually empty. If she did deem to show up, her head never looked up from her blacberry.
NEW YORK TIMES AND PRESS COVERAGE

NEW YORK TIMES AND PRESS COVERAGE

The cowardly lioness: Donny Moss became the monkey on Christine Quinn’s back, she could not leave her house without Donny trailing her as he held up his signs and calling out the truth about her record. No matter what camera angle she tried, there were either Donny or the ‘ABQ’ people behind her. It came to the point that Quinn would not enter any venue through the front door, she had security sneak in her the back door for fear of bad publicity photos and press. What sort of beginning is it to your term as office when you run and hide from your public? Too yellow, spineless and cowardly to face your constituents.
The awesome DONNY MOSS & DANIELA watching DeBLASSIO'S victory

The awesome DONNY MOSS & DANIELA watching DeBLASSIO’S victory

Rag tag group takes down Quinn – Crazy cat ladies, people who dress up their dogs, horse lovers, gay activists, passionate New Yorkers like the incredible Donny Moss, Arthur Cheliotes, Allie Feldman & Wendy Kelman Neu formed groups “Defeat Christine Quinn” and “NYC Is Not For Sale” respectively which then morphed into the “ABQ – Anybody But Quinn” campaign, unprecedented in New York’s political history. We canvassed subway stations every night, manned phone banks and hounded Quinn wherever she made and appearance, Donny Moss being the most wonderfully persistent of all of us! In that time Quinn went from leading in the polls by wide margins to plummeting weekly. No greater plummet than election night when, as other candidates percentages went up….hers went down from 26% to 18% to an embarrassing 15%.
Brian Gari "cat calls" republican mayoral candidate Catsimatidis

Brian Gari “cat calls” republican mayoral candidate Catsimatidis

Picture election night: Each candidate had their large expensive venues filled with their high paying donors and political strategists in their expensive suits with the media tripping over them. Yet here we were, in a little bar called Mustang Sally’s on the west side, fifty of us in the back room, in our sweaty t-shirts and jeans, none of us rich, only rich in passion and conviction. It wasn’t the Bloomberg/Romney-like dollars that Quinn had, it wasn’t all the New York newspaper’s endorsements, it wasn’t the political pundits who said she would win, no, it was the people with pet hair on their now iconic red ABQ (Anyone But Quinn) t-shirts that had all the might. It was volunteers like 91 year old Natasha and my 87 year old mother Ursula. We have changed the course of New York’s history. Never underestimate the passion and the anger of the crazy old cat lady!
AUNT MIA AND HANS

AUNT MIA AND HANS

DONNY MOSS AND HANS VON RITTERN

DONNY MOSS AND HANS VON RITTERN


Photo of the day: TWIN TOWERS 2013

High rise and Verbascum Thapsus (Great or Common Mullein).

High rise and Verbascum Thapsus (Great or Common Mullein).

Photo of the day: TWIN TOWERS 2013 – The iconic twin towers of The World Trade Center are gone. But today in this era of overbuilding in New York City, if you look closely and use your imagination, there are still some ‘twin towers’ to be seen . . . some more beautiful than others.

“Chicago”/Zimmerman-Omara song of the day: “WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN!”

CHICAGO FLORIDA WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN

“WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN”

(Altered just slightly to fit the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case. Frightening how almost identical the two scenarios are. )

[REPORTERS]

Where’d you come from?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Virginia

[REPORTERS]

And your parents?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Middle class.

 [REPORTERS]

Where are they now?

 (OMARA (as George)]

Sanford, Florida.

 [MARK OMARA]

But he was granted one more start

[OMARA (as George)]

Attending catholic school!

 [REPORTERS]

When’d you get here?

[OMARA (as George)]

2003

[REPORTERS]

How old were you?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Don’t remember

[REPORTERS]

Then what happened?

 [OMARA  (as George)]

I joined the neighborhood watch,

Convinced I would be a cop one day

[PRESS (spoken)]

A catholic boy! A cop wannabe!

oh, it’s too terrible. You poor, poor dear.

[REPORTERS]

Who’s Trayvon Martin?

[OMARA (as George)]

An unknown  boy.

 [REPORTERS]

Why’d you shoot him?

[OMARA (as George)]

I was suspicious.

 [REPORTERS]

Was he  angry?

[OMARA (as George)]

Like a madman

Still I said, “Trayvon, move along.”

 [OMARA]

George knew that he was doin’ wrong.

 [REPORTERS]

Then describe it.

[OMARA  (as George)]

He came toward me.

 [REPORTERS]

With a pistol?

[OMARA (as George)]

From my waistband.

 [REPORTERS]

Did you fight him?

[OMARA (as George)]

Like a tiger.

 [MARK OMARA]

Trayvon had strength and George had none.

[OMARA (as George)]

And yet we both reached for the gun

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes we both

Oh yes we both

Oh yes, we both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

Oh yes, we both reached for the gun

For the gun.

 [OMARA AND REPORTERS]

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun,

Oh yes, they both reached for the gun

For the gun.

[OMARA]

Understandable. understandable

Yes, it’s perfectly understandable

Defensible. Defensible

Not a bit reprehensible

It’s so defensible!

 [REPORTERS]

How’re you feeling?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Very frightened

[REPORTERS]

Are you sorry?

[GEORGE]

Are you kidding?

[REPORTERS]

What’s you’re statement?

[OMARA (as George)]

All I’d say is

Though my choo-choo jumped the track

I’d give my life to bring him back

 [REPORTERS]

And?

[OMARA (as George)]

Stay away from

 [REPORTERS]

What?

[OMARA  (as George)]

Guns and skittles

 [REPORTERS]

And?

[OMARA (as George)]

And the boys who

[REPORTERS]

What?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Wear a hoodie who run

[REPORTERS]

And what?

[OMARA (as George)]

That’s the thought that

[REPORTERS]

Yeah?…

[OMARA (as George)]

Came upon me

[REPORTERS]

When?

 [OMARA (as George)]

When we both reached for the gun!

[FLORIDA PRESS]

Understandable, understandable

[OMARA AND FLORIDA PRESS]

Yes, it’s perfectly understandable

Comprehensible, comprehensible

Not a bit reprehensible

It’s soooo defensible!

[OMARA (spoken)]

Let me

Hear it!

[REPORTERS]

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun,

The gun

Oh yes, they both reached

For the gun

 [OMARA (spoken)]

A little louder!

[REPORTERS]

For the Gun.

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached

For the gun, the gun,

[OMARA (spoken)]

Now you got it!

[REPORTERS]

The gun, the gun

Oh yes. They both reached

For the gun

For the gun.

[OMARA AND REPORTERS]

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

Oh yes, they both reached for the gun.

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

[OMARA]

Both reached for the…gun

[REPORTERS]

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

Both reached for the gun.

WATCH THIS VIDEO, THE CASES ARE IDENTICAL !

Photo of the day: DISTURBING AIRPLANE PHOTO OF FINISHED WORLD TRADE CENTER

WORLD TRADE CENTER

Photo of the day: DISTURBING AIRPLANE PHOTO OF FINISHED WORLD TRADE CENTER – Friday May 10th, 2013 marked the final topping of the new World Trade Center with the last top portion of the spire being put in place. The finished symbolic height 1,776 feet. 1776 the year of the birth of our country. The Twin Towers were 110 floors high, this new tower is 111 floors high. While photographing the new spire on it’s monumental day, I happened to catch this disturbing image as a jet airliner passed by.

Photo of the day: A ‘BITTER’ COLD – Police ignore frozen homeless man

FOZEN 2-11-11
Photo of the day: THE ‘BITTER’ COLD – On today’s front page of many papers is a picture of police officer, Larry DePrimo in the bitter cold,  buying a homeless man a pair of shoes. The photo was taken on cell phone by a passing Arizona tourist and has gone viral world wide. While it is  a beautiful and touching story – I have a contrasting one I posted over a year ago here on Facebook.
On Tuesday February 11, 2011 that night it was 22 degrees freezing with wind chills below zero, this man seemed frozen over his cart. He did not have gloves and his hands had turned brown from frostbite. He did not move. No one helped him. Notice his left hand, his fingers are straight together, it is an unnatural way for your hand to be if you are ‘sleeping’. His hand was frozen. I stepped near the grate, the so called ‘warm air’ was at best minimal. I have been told to freeze to death is somewhat merciful, you numb and fall asleep. Whether he survived the night I don’t know. I am conflicted to hope he survived or if the merciful wish was for him to ‘fall asleep.’ It took me a long time to  flag a police car, they said he is on top of a grate and therefor “warm and fine”. I called 911 & 311 repeatedly, because supposedly the NYC law is that if it goes below freezing it is manadatory for the homeless to be brought to a shelter –  but  no one came. The traffic cop on the corner said there is nothing he could do. I went home with tears in my eyes and could not sleep that night.
It truly is a ‘bitter’ cold.
deprimo-homeless

Photo of the day: PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS

PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS: It is estimated that between the two major candidates, over $6 billion, 700 million dollars ($6,700,000,000.) was spent on the 2012 presidential campaign. Endless TV ads, mail flyers, robo calls, hats, stickers, t-shirts, posters, pins and pickets. Republicans broke all financial spending records and democrats broke all donation records.

Then there is this guy, Jeff Boss. He spent just a few thousand dollars printing a lot of posters with eye-catching phrases, but the middle-aged man wasn’t creating street art, nor putting up outdoor ads. He also ran for president. You may have seen his “campaign” here in Manhattan.  The stark white posters with bold black lettering featured slogans such as:

“DID THE NSA KILL JFK, RFK, MLK, ETC?”

“NO ONE KNOW JEFF BOSS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WANT THE TRUTH TOLD.”

“JEFF BOSS WITNESSED THE NSA ARRANGE THE 9/11 ATTACK, I HAVE PROOF!”

Boss scattered them around Manhattan, focusing his efforts on highly trafficked areas on 42nd Street near Times Square where these ads were posted on a construction site wall. He didn’t win. But what he does have is the right to free speech and because of that – we are though still left wondering . . . ‘who the heck is Jeff Boss?!’

God bless America.

(NSA = National Security Administration)

 


Photo of the day: NEVER FORGET

NEVER FORGET: Every Sept. 11, St Paul’s Church is covered with remembrances of 9/11. St. Paul’s church is quite old, it was built in 1766, it was George Washington’s church – his pew is still inside. It is also right across the street from the former World Trade Center Towers. On the day of the attack, the air pressure of the buildings collapsing and the flying debris damages all the buildings in a three block circumference. Windows were blown out, wall smashed in, roofs destroyed.  The church was buried under two feet of ash and debris.
But this little church, old as it is, right across the street from the WTC didn’t have one crack in the glass nor one crack in the stone. So, whether you’re religious or not – there’s something to it, this little church remained untouched, all the other buildings were damaged. The red cross workers dug their way to the church and set up headquarters for the rescue workers in side the church for their food and sleep, this was their home for many months. There is even a children’s book written about it by author and mother A.B. Curtis, based on a poem she wrote for her children called “The Little Chapel That Stood”.