Photo of the day: Gay Pride means…never being too old to wear your favorite blue sparkly dress
July 2, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: ageing drag queen, Fifth Avenue, Gay Pride Day Parade New York 2014, Gay Pride march New York City, Grannies for peace, Granny Peace Brigade, Greenwich Village, Hans Von Rittern, largest gay pride parade in the world, Latin drag queen, Manhattan, New York City, New York photo, old drag queen, old man in a dress, Photo of the day, photography, Senior Gay Pride, You;re never too old to... | Leave a comment
Photo of the day: Gay Pride means . . . never being too old to stand up for your rights
July 1, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: Fifth Avenue, Gay Pride Day Parade New York 2014, Gay Pride march New York City, Grannies for peace, Granny Peace Brigade, Greenwich Village, Hans Von Rittern, largest gay pride parade in the world, Manhattan, New York City, New York photo, Photo of the day, photography, Senior Gay Pride, You;re never too old to... | Leave a comment
Photo of the day: THE AGONY OF DE FEET – Ssssssnow! Soggy feet. Snowy feet. Soaking feet. Sweaty in those rubber boots feet. Salty feet. Sore feet. Slushy feet. Shivery feet. Enough already!
February 16, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 2014 blizzard, 2014 snow storms, 34th Street, Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, Hans Von Rittern, Manhattan, New York City, New York photo, Photo of the day, photography, Salty feet, Shivery feet, Slushy feet, slushy streets, snowfall on Fifth Avenue, Snowy feet, Soaking feet, Soggy feet, Sore feet, Sweaty feet in those rubber boots | Leave a comment
Photo of the day: ANOTHER TROPICAL NIGHT IN NEW YORK CITY –
The tropical breezes blow
The palm trees sway to and fro
As the piña coladas flow
The city seems to glow.
For a luxurious tropical night in Manhattan visit 230 Fifth Avenue’s rooftop cocktail lounge. All sorts of palms trees and lush fauna in giant white wooden planters let you forget you are in The Big Apple, but take a look at the skyline view – and you see the best view of one of the world’s most iconic buildings, The Empire State Building and it’s surrounding skyscrapers. Sip your Mai tai as you watch the magic of Manhattan’s sunsets turn the skyline from blue to orange to red to irridescent blue as the light come on the skyline starts to glow! 230 FIFTH is the largest outdoor rooftop garden in New York City.
230 FIFTH has two floors, an outdoor rooftop as well as a fully enclosed (Penthouse Lounge) and private event rooms underneath, both with breathtaking views of the NYC skyline. Their Rooftop Garden also has very large, oversize umbrellas for rainy days, or for very hot sunny days, they partially heat the rooftop in cooler months. 230 Fifth is a lounge that also offers a full food menu. Open every day, 365 days of the year to the general public from 4:00PM – 4:00AM. Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10am-4pm.
Location: 230 FIFTH AVE corner 27th street on 5th Ave. 212-725-4300
June 19, 2013 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 230 Fifth Avenue Rooftop Lounge, cocktails, Empire State Building, entertainment, Fashion's Night Out, Fifth Avenue, food, Hans Von Rittern, incredible views, Manhattan, Manhattan views, New York City, New York photo, night on the town, nyc skyline, penthouse lounge, Photo of the day, rooftop garden, skyline view, sunset views, tropical palm trees | Leave a comment
Photo of the day: EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS???? – This is one of them.
June 7, 2013 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: child screaming, child tantrum, Fifth Avenue, Hans Von Rittern, little girl screaming, Manhattan, Metropolitan Museum, New York City, New York photo, one of those days, Photo of the day, pink poodle back pack | Leave a comment
Photo of the day: MEET BETTE MIDLER IN PERSON MAY 9, AT KORVETTE DEPT. STORE – 36 years ago! May 9, 1977. It was a Monday afternoon, I am sure I played hooky from college, and I got there early and got in line with all my Bette Midler memorabilia which she gladly signed (in those days, stars did that!). It was the advent of Bette’s much anticipated ‘Live At Last’ 2lp record set. To capture the escence of 1970’s bawdy Bette – you need to hear her live, up till then there had been only three studio recordings of her. The ‘Live’ record album became one of the most quoted and mimicked in every drag queen’s act in those days. “Hello Cleve-land!”
Red head Bette was in true camp mode and kibitzed with everyone. Dig the groovy 1970’s graphics in the background of the smaller photo. Doesn’t her assistant look like ‘Laurie Partridge’?? I stayed a while and took some photos of the, then, rising superstar. On the way out of the old Korvettes Department Store – I grabbed this sign with the photo, right out of the standing sign holder and raced for the door. Today the sign is one of the few artifacts left of the long gone (then one of the first) discount department store Korvettes located at 575 Fifth Avenue/47th Street, to the consternation of SAKS Fifth Avenue, which was just two blocks up on the swanky avenue.
Eugene Ferkauf, owner of E. J. Korvette department store, standing outside by storefront on Fifth Avenue
(The store used both spellings: KORVETTE and KORVETTES.)
Now today, 36 years later, you can see blonde Bette on Broadway in the play “I’ll Eat You Last.”
May 9, 2013 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: "I'll Eat You Last", 'Laurie Partridge', 'Live At Last' lp record, 1970's New York, 1977, 575 Fifth Avenue, Bette Midler, Bette Midler and fans, Bette Midler memorabilia, Bette Midler signs autographs, Broadway, Broadway legends, discount department store, Fifth Avenue, Grace Jones, Hans Von Rittern, KORVETTE, Korvette Department Store, Korvettes Department Store, Manhattan, May 9, New York City, SAKS Fifth Avenue, shopping | Leave a comment
“In your Easter bonnet,
with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest ‘lady’ in the Easter parade.
I’ll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I’ll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade.
On the avenue, Fifth avenue,
the photographers will snap us,
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
And of the guy I’m taking to the Easter parade.”
There are certain people that are just “so New York” – this is one of them. “Ms.” Columbia.
Nothing but sheer unmitigated joy streams from him/her and people absolutely light up when she appears. The gall, nerve, insanity, craziness, devil-may-care attitude with a broad grin is absolutely infectious. The delight of living in New York, is you never know where she, the parrot on her head and her dyed-to-match-poodle are going to show up! Saks Fifth Avenue, parades, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Broadway, Chelsea or on the Queens number 7 train heading for her own Easter parade 🙂
March 31, 2013 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 7 train subway, crazy man, drag queen, dyed poodle, Easter bonnet, Easter parade, Easter parade lyrics, Easter Sunday, fashion, Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Village, Hans Von Rittern, New York City, parrot on head, SAKS Fifth Avenue, transportation | Leave a comment
STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT . . . :
Star Light Star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
The UNICEF Snowflake has been a New York City tradition since 1984. It is a gigantic crystal ornament that resides on the intersection of 57th St & 5th Avenue. Everybody at one point in their lives has thought of stars in sort of a dream sense. However, when you are approaching the Snowflake from either direction you would swear that you are on another planet traveling right next to a star, only you are in NYC. This Snowflake is 23 feet in diameter, 28 feet high and approximately 3,300 pounds. Perfect location for such a star like image, the intersection where it hangs is right smack in the center of some of the finest shops, restaurants and theatres in the world. From Tiffany’s to Bergdorf Goodman, from Henri Bendel’s to Nobu 57 and Carnegie Hall just around the corner on 57th and 6th Avenue. People from all over the world take photos of the Snowflake. It’s not only the magnificent structure consisting of 16000 illuminated crystal prisms but a symbol for hope.
More than a symbol, the UNICEF Snowflake is the centerpiece of an ambitious campaign to raise millions of dollars in support of health, immunization, nutrition, clean water and sanitation, education and protection for children in developing nations. It’s a reminder for UNICEF’s dedication to reach a point in time when zero children die of preventable causes. The Snowflake was dedicated to UNICEF by the Stonbely Family Foundation in 2002. Last year, acclaimed lighting designer Ingo Maurer and the French-based luxury goods company Baccarat unveiled this new UNICEF Crystal Snowflake, the world’s largest outdoor crystal chandelier of its kind.
(This is my 200th post! Thank you all!)
December 29, 2012 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: Babbarat crystal, Bergdorf Goodman, Christmas, Fifth Avenue, Hans Von Rittern, intersection of 57th St & 5th, largest outdoor crystal chandelier, Manhattan, New York City, snowflake, star, star light star bright, Tiffany, UNICEF | Leave a comment
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal – 24
SSGT John C. Bene – 38
Specialist Jeremy Brown – 20
LCPL Brandon T. Lara – 20
SSGT. Eric James Lindstrom – 27
PFC Thomas F. Lyons – 20
PFC Jason F. Lemke – 30
CPL Brett L. Lundstrom
SGT Adrian J. Lewis – 30
Marble Collegiate Church at 272 Fifth Avenue, corner of 29th street in Manhattan founded in 1628, is one of the oldest continous Protestant congregations in North America. Built in 1851-1854, originally called the Fifth Avenue Church, has the facade covered in Tuckahoe marble for which now the church is named. Marble Collegiate’s senior minister between 1932 and 1984 was the famous Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and in case you forgot precisely why he was famous, it’s because he was the man who, among other things, wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking.”
In honor of the old song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree”, they have lined it’s old cast iron gates that surround the church, with yellow ribbons honoring the soldiers lives lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are over 4,000 of them . . .
November 11, 2012 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 'The Power of Positive Thinking', 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree', 29th Street, 4000 names, dead soldiers, Fifth Avenue, Hans Von Rittern, Manhattan, Marble Collegiate Church, New York City, Pastor Norman Vincent Peale, politics, soldiers names, Tuckahoe marble, Veterans Day | Leave a comment
“WHY DO THEY ALWAYS LOOK LIKE UNHAPPY RABBITS?”: Marilyn Monroe’s (as Miss Caswell) query to Addison DeWitt played by George Sanders when asked to go and meet the theatre producer Max Fabian played by Gregory Ratoff and “go do yourself some good”. She puts back her shoulders and puts on a big smile and goes to do herself ‘some good’ at Margo Channing’s (Bette Davis) ‘blasted party’ for Bill Sampson’s (Gary Merrill) birthday.
Photo taken during the Bryant Park and HBO Film Festival showing of “All About Eve”. Monday, August 13th, 2012. Bryant Park is behind the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. 10,000 people showed up to see Marilyn, 50 years after her death. Marilyn lives eternal.
Marilyn Monroe and George Sanders
August 19, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: 1950 classic film black white, 42nd Street, Addison DeWitt, All About Eve, Bette Davis, Bill Sampson, Bryant Park, classic films, Fifth Avenue, film quotes, Gary Merril, George Sanders, Gregory Ratoff, Hans Von Rittern, HBO, Manhattan, Margo Channing, Mariln Monroe, Marilyn Monroe's death, Marilyn's 50th anniversary, Max Fabian, Miss Caswell, New York City, New york Public Library | 2 Comments