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Photo of the day: THE SPECIAL FATHERS DAY THAT MARILYN MONROE CAME TO DINNER

Marilyn, Mozart (Kugeln chocolates) and Mom

Marilyn, Mozart (Kugeln chocolates) and Mom

Photo of the day: THE SPECIAL FATHERS DAY THAT MARILYN MONROE CAME TO DINNER – I had the most extraordinary fathers day! Mom celebrates fathers day for me every year since I am the ‘daddy’ to our dog Noel, so ‘Noel’ throws me a dinner party every year 🙂 To my surprise mom (age 88) had gone all the way uptown to 86th Street to go to Schaller & Weber delicatessen and got the ingredients for my favorite German dish: Rouladen with dumplings, gravy and green bean salad. I was in heaven, because I usually only just get this treat for my birthday and Christmas, but mom and I have started to work on our her/family’s memoirs together (finally! Its a page turner!) and she felt I deserved it, for all the research and writing I am doing.
But I had an extra special surprise guest, Marilyn Monroe came to dinner last night – in painting form.
To my great shock and surprise a very dear friend of mine gave me the painting as a present that I treasured and coveted from our “Whitewash” exhibit. Carlos (See TF) had painted a two story tall sepia tone Marilyn in the stairwell at 5 Pointz, sadly unseen to all visitors. I was in absolute awe of it. When 5 Pointz was destroyed they vindictively painted over the amazing mural as well – twice, despite the fact she was inside away from everyone’s view. I came to discover the amazing artist Carlos (See TF) and who he is and we developed a wonderful friendship.
This was almost two stories tall, done in sepia tones. here sadly whitewashed.

This was almost two stories tall, done in sepia tones. here sadly whitewashed.

For the exhibit Carlos brought back some of his famous ladies that he had painted at 5 Pointz, the fantastic geisha girls, a ‘Metropolis’-like masked woman and…Marilyn. I coveted that painting, and for those of you who came know how I feel about that MM painting!
It is so mesmerizing that when my own mother came to see my photos on display next to the Marilyn painting, she was so transfixed by it she didn’t even see/acknowledge her own sons photos at first. “Mom! My photos are here!…” LOL. “I know,” she said, “but I have never seen this magnificent Marilyn you have told me so much about.” The whitewashed Marilyn was one of the photos I included in the exhibit and one of the first to sell. They purposely hung side by side, corner to corner to tell the story. Mom gazed at her the rest of the night, oh and, my photos too.
This Sunday was my day to pick up my remaining photos from the exhibit. As I was packing them up, I remarked to my friend Meres that it was sad to see Marilyn gone. “Oh she’s downstairs all wrapped up…Carlos wants you to have her,” he said with the biggest grin. I froze and just exclaimed “What!” several times, still frozen I wasn’t sure I had heard right or if it was a joke. It was not, I right then and there received the most touching phone call from ‘the artist’ telling me why he wanted me to have the painting, I teared up. “She’s going to the right home.” And so my friend…she did.
I revealed Marilyn to mom at dinner and she was also stunned. “She’s so haunting, it draws you in,” and mom, as on opening night, starred at her the rest of the night.
There are people that cross your path in life, that are such unexpected treasures that make you so much richer. 5 Pointz brought many of these people together and even brought Marilyn Monroe to dinner and she stayed.
Thank you my friend.
What is so haunting about it, is that it is not 'wet lip Marilyn', or 'skirt blowing Marilyn'. It beautifully sad reflective 1962 Marilyn portrayed as a human being - not symbol. Notice the painting goes from light (right side) to the dark side (on the left).

What is so haunting about it, is that it is not ‘wet lip Marilyn’, or ‘skirt blowing Marilyn’. It beautifully sad reflective 1962 Marilyn portrayed as a human being – not symbol. Notice the painting goes from light (right side) to the dark side (on the left).


Photo of the day: THE PHONE CALL

#7 train, Court Street Station

#7 train, Court Street Station

Photo of the day: THE PHONE CALL – “I love you not only who you are but for who I am when I am with you, and words can not express how much I love you and care about you. I hope that you will never forget how much you mean to me & love. But I can’t keep going on knowing that you don’t feel the same way about me. If you love me let me know, if you don’t let me go, oh and…we need a pound of potatoes, oregano, chives and bean dip.”

Photo of the day: OMG! YOU KNOW YOU ARE OFFICIALLY OLD WHEN…PINE LAWN CEMETERIES SENDS YOU AN INVITE!

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Photo of the day: OMG! YOU KNOW YOU ARE OFFICIALLY OLD WHEN…PINE LAWN CEMETERIES SENDS YOU AN INVITE!– What happened to the days of one night club invitation after another!? Yesterday I was horrified to see someone has put me on the old/near death mailing list and thought I am in need of a cemetery plot! I won’t go!!!
(Although…for “as little as $40 a month” I can be happy for the rest of my dead life…)

Photo of the day: MORNING REQUIREMENTS: STALE TOAST AND TWO PEANUTS

OSCAR THE SQUIRREL AND TOAST

Photo of the day: MORNING REQUIREMENTS: STALE TOAST AND TWO PEANUTS – This is Oscar my ‘pet’ squirrel who comes by every morning to have his breakfast served by me. Every morning he has 2 unsalted peanuts and 1 pecan waiting for him on my third floor windowsill, but nothing gets him going more than a good old fashioned piece of stale toast! (But no coffee, it’ gets him too wired.)


Photo of the day: TAX DAY ! Even drunks file their taxes . . .

DOLLAR SIGN

Photo of the day: TAX DAY! – So how did you make out? Do you owe? Do they owe you? Or, is it a wash?
SUNNYSIDE POST OFFICE
I went to the post office yesterday here in Sunnyside Queens to mail my forms – only 2 windows open, with one drunk chatty guy who was enamored by his postal worker and didn’t want to leave. “They won’t and can’t give me a gun, ’cause I only would shoot my self!….I wouldn’t shoot you darlin’. Although, I could kill myself with my shoe laces, there are ways you don’t even know about, hee hee!” Twenty-seven people on line just went on about their business checking their iPhones, counting the minutes . . .

Photo of the day: THE CAVEMAN’S PREGNANCY COMPANION

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Photo of the day: THE CAVEMAN’S PREGNANCY COMPANION – Uh! Even cavemen need advice when it comes to the big day! I witnessed this priceless scene on the #7 train heading home yesterday.
“A three-trimester evolutionary crash course to guide the prehistoric papa-to-be through the prenatal, pre-parental wilderness. Every man should read it!

What’s a clueless caveman about to become DAD to do? After all, it’s tough carrying a child for nine months—for him as well as for her. He’s just not sure how to behave. But help is on hand, in the form of a reassuring (and hysterically funny) course for the totally perplexed. Along with a large dose of humor, it provides the father-to-be with all the know-how he needs to become a well-prepared, well-heeled partner who’s really ready to stand upright and embrace his new responsibilities…rather than cowering from them. Every cave-student will find out how to support his mate through this emotional time, cope with his own feelings, deal with baby-related projects, and perform admirably during labor and delivery. So whether it’s catering to his exhausted companion’s needs by preparing a nutritional and tasty meal or engaging in a snuggle session when she craves a little cuddling, with the help of this book a guy will become the proud Cro-Magnon caregiver he longs to be!” Book written by David Port and John Ralston.


Photos of the day! 5 POINTZ “WHITEWASH” GRAND OPENING TONIGHT! Come meet Hans 6-9pm

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Photo event of the day!: “WHITEWASH” OPENING TONIGHT! – Saturday April 5, 6-9pm. Jeffrey Leder Gallery. Sixteen of Hans’ photos are on display along with the great artists Auks, Cortes, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz and Zimad.

It is a mourning yet celebration of the perseverance of art! Curated with passion by Marie Cecile Flageul. COME JOIN US! I hope to see all my friends there 🙂 It’s “the” art event of the season!
(I might be hanging out mostly upstairs where mom can sit by my photos.)

Leder Gallery: 2135 45th Road, on the street of the Court Street #7 and G subway station.

I block away from 5 Pointz and PS1 MOMA.
Jeffrey Leder Galler 2137 45th Road, LII.C.
Click here for more photos and directional map. CU 2NiTE ! ! ! !
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Phot of the day: TWO DAYS TILL “WHITEWASH” April 5, 6-9pm !

TWO DAYS TILL

Photo of the day: TWO DAYS TILL WHITEWASH! – April 5, Saturday, 6-9pm. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is 1/2 a block down from the Court Street Station on the 7 Train, one train stop away from Queensboro Plaza. I am inviting all my friends to come to see my photos and enjoy a unique New York experience!

Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, 2 blocks from 5 Pointz and PSI MOMA.
Long Island City, New York 11101

Gallery 212-924-8944


Photo of the day: DESTROYED WITH PRIDE – 4 days still “Whitewash” !

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Photo of the day: DESTROYED WITH PRIDE – A perverse irony greeted us on the morning of November 19 as the painter’s lifts were still on site that had white washed the building, with – “pride”.
FOUR DAYS TILL THE “WHITEWASH’ EXHIBIT!
Opening reception April 5, 6-9pm! Come join me – you’re invited!!
Curated by Marie Cecile-Flageul. April 5 – June 8, 2014
Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad.
You can currently catch my photos on exhibit at The Gold Coast Arts Center “PHO-TO-GRAFFS exhibit

Photo of the day: ‘SEE’ “WHITE WASH” !

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Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad

Curated by Marie Cecile-Flageul
April 5 – June 8, 2014
Opening reception April 5, 6-9pm! Come join me – you’re invited!!
To read more click http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php


Photo of the day: GET READY TO GET ‘WHITEWASHED’!

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We’re getting ready for the Whitewash show opening April 5th 2014 #save5pointz #keepthelighton

 


Photo of the day: MERELY THE BEGINNING!! APRIL 5, 2014, Hans in “Whitewash” exhibit!

Jeffrey Leder Gallery    2137 45th Rd. Long Island City, NY 11101   jeffrey@jeffreyledergallery.com

Jeffrey Leder Gallery 2137 45th Rd. Long Island City, NY 11101 jeffrey@jeffreyledergallery.com

Photo of the day: MERELY THE BEGINNING! APRIL 5, 2014 – I am incredibly proud and joyful to announce I am one of 11 artists asked to be a part of this important exhibit here in Long Island City, New York!! The Jeffrey Leder Gallery (2 blocks from PS1 MOMA) will open with a unique exhibition featuring 9 Graffiti Artists and 2 photographers. These artists have created art that explores their strong reactions to 5 Pointz being whitewashed overnight.

Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad

Curated by Marie Cecile-Flageul
April 5 – June 8, 2014
Opening reception April 5, 6-9pm! Come join me – you’re invited!!
WW LOGO

“Whitewash, is an answer to the violent act of G&M realty on November 19th, 2013 in Long Island City Queens. Overnight thousands of murals adorning the building known as 5 Pointz were destroyed. It‘s a story of pain, sadness, and anger at times and reflection – An epic of an art community and its home coming apart under the pressure of economical trends and waves of gentrification.
Bringing together a cluster of resident graffiti artists and two Queens photographers, the exhibition enables the artists to express their true feelings and thought process since loosing their work to a white layer of paint, and their home to the pressing demands of real estate development. For the first time since the whitewash we will witness how affected this collective is by being eclipsed from their 11 years home.

The works in Whitewash aspire to such: Laying feelings on canvas, and letting go of the pain, the show brings together artworks that can be interpreted as confession, lessons, or reflection but also aspirations and hopes.

Whitewash is an obvious requiem for 5 Pointz the building but also maybe the beginning of a rebirth of 5 Pointz the community and its true core: the people.“
Marie-Cecile Flageul

http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php


Photo of the day: 15,000 HITS ON MY PHOTOGRAPHY WEB SITE – THANK YOU !

15,000

Photo of the day: 15,000 HITS ON MY WEB SITE – THANK YOU ! – This weekend I reached another milestone.
My http://hansvonrittern.com/ photography web site reached 15,000 views and climbing!  I am updating it daily in preparation of a really big announcement coming soon!
STAY TUNED ! !
Hansvonrittern.com

Hansvonrittern.com


Photo of the day: VANISHING VIEW

#7 train, Court Street Station, before the station's  renovation.

#7 train, Court Street Station, before the station’s renovation.

Photo of the day: VANISHING VIEW – As the over zealous, over greedy and over crammed building continues in the neighborhood of Long Island City in Queens, joyful surprise views like this one of the treasured Chrysler building, are rapidly vanishing as the new glass wall of condo towers obliterate the century old Queens view of Manhattan. Next stop, Blandville.

Photo of the day: NO SMOKE MARIJUANA HERE

NO SMOKE MARIHUANA HERE

Photo of the day: NO SMOKE MARIJUANA HERE – Since this sign went up in the staircase of mom’s apartment building, she’s just going to have to find another place to light up . . .

Photos of the day: STAY TUNED FOR GALLERY EXHIBIT NEWS!

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Photos of the day: STAY TUNED FOR GALLERY EXHIBIT NEWS!
I have been accepted into one if not two upcoming gallery exhibits!
Stay tuned for the details.

Photo of the day: MELT GOD DAMMIT !

MELT GOD DAMMIT!

Photo of the day: (Message to the ice and snow) MELT GOD DAMMIT !

THIS IS MY 500th POST ! !

Photo of the day: HAPPY 88th BIRTHDAY URSULA VON RITTERN !

MOM 88th BIRTHDAY SOUND MUSIC

Photo of the day: HAPPY 88th BIRTHDAY URSULA VON RITTERN – This is almost a scene from “The Sound of Music”, the photo was taken about the same time the famous von Trapp family was roaming in those hills as well singing their hearts out. This photo was taken approximately in 1938, mom is about 12 or 13 years old here wearing her traditional German dirndl dress. With not a care in the world picnicking in the mountains not knowing what horrors she was about to experience in Germany. Her teen years were spent in World War II, the stories are gruesome yet fascinating. We are in the process of writing our family history and her life story now. Ursula finally immigrated to the United States in 1952, I arrived three years later in 1955, and so the story continues. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag and Happy Birthday mom!

Photo of the day: 1973’s poem “THE SEA”

"The Sea", 1973

“The Sea”, 1973

Photo of the day: THE SEA – Part of Mondays on Memory Lane, a few weeks ago I found my junior high school poetry project from 1973 (see last Monday’s post for the story) called “Reflections on My World”. There are twelve poems, here is the second “The Sea”.
THE SEA
Oh great and almighty sea!
How I wonder what lies down
beneath your dark and murky depths.
You hold the secrets of the earth –
the creator of life.
Majestic in your vast greatness –
beautiful in your shallows –
lighting up the hearts of many.
Bearing the wonders of the sea
exotic fish of all colors
there for me to see,
your endless waves rolling into our minds.
Oh God! How I hope we will never
destroy you!

Photo of the day: CROSSED PATHS

Calvary Cemetery, Queens Blvd., New York

Calvary Cemetery, Queens Blvd., New York

Photo of the day: CROSSED PATHS

If someone comes into your life and becomes a part of you,
but for some reason couldn’t stay,
don’t cry too much,
just be glad that your paths crossed
and somehow they made you feel happy even for just a while.

Photo of the day: EVERYBODY WAS HOME SATURDAY NIGHT

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Photo of the day: EVERYBODY WAS HOME SATURDAY NIGHT – Living in New York City many of us have an Alfred Hitchcock-like “Rear Window” view. Mine happens to be out the front of the building onto 46th Street, one of the nicer streets in Sunnyside and Sunnyside Gardens.

A few weeks ago New York City was visited by a chilling Arctic Vortex, but lately it had warmed back up to 50F (10C) degrees and I was keeping my window open a bit nights. But last night the cold temperatures came back and I went to my window at 8:00pm to close it for the night. As I looked out my window, I noticed a warmer glow than usual coming from my street. There was more than just the warm glow of the street light, but also the entire building across the street seemed to glow like a miniature toy model. It was then that I noticed that something very unusual was occurring in the apartment building across the street – every single apartment, on all six floors, every window had lights on, everybody was home! That rarely ever occurs! This is New York, someone is usually out on an all night job, at a party, with a date, shopping, vacationing or what not. But on January 18th at 8:00pm, on one of those cold January nights…all these diverse neighbors at 41-29 46th Street had all decided to be snug as a bug and snuggle up to their big flat screen TVs, computers, cat, dog or loved one. As diverse as they are, for this night they were “one”.

(And no, I didn’t get out my Jimmy Stewart binoculars to look in the windows, I just enjoyed the warm glow of the city life.)


Photo of the day: CHOOSING MEAT (my first 2010 photo)

September 26, 2010.

September 26, 2010.

Photo of the day: CHOOSING MEAT – This was my first ‘photo of the day’ (called ‘Unique New York’ then), posted on Facebook on September 26, 2010. She was dressed just right in her Perdue yellow outfit as she went scrutinizing the yellow Perdue chicken department at the now defunct Sunnyside supermarket. In a way, she was what started it all. I had just gotten a new Nikon camera and felt like I could capture the world. It was so easy – open your eyes and…click 🙂

Photo of the day: SHANNON POT AT 5 POINTZ SERVES IT’S LAST FROZEN DRINK

The Shannon Pot, 14 years at 45-16 Davis Street/Jackson Avenue

The Shannon Pot, 14 years at 45-16 Davis Street/Jackson Avenue

Photo of the day: SHANNON POT AT 5 POINTZ SERVES IT’S LAST FROZEN DRINK – Friday January 3rd, 2014, was yet another nail in the coffin of what was a vibrant neighborhood block. After the destructive whitewashing of the art work at 5 Pointz by greedy owner Gerry Wolkoff, it was also the final night of the neighborhood hangout bar The Shannon Pot.

The burst pipes added the final touch

The New Years Eve balloons were still hung...

The New Years Eve balloons were still hung…

The bar

The bar

♫♪ "Who's Zat Girl?" ♫♪

♫♪ “Who’s Zat Girl?” ♫♪

The extremely cold 10°F degree weather added to the morbid feeling in the air. Only a few of the die hard regulars showed up including Meres One and Marie Flageul to join co-owners Maureen and Salah for a final round of drinks. To my surprise, as I arrived I was greeted by water dripping down from the ceiling. The frigid temperatures had burst the pipes and was flooding the bar. The water had been shut off but it was still ‘raining’ inside the bar. The water from above had damaged the juke box with Meres’ disco favorites causing the sound to go from high to low every few seconds only adding to the eerie feel of the night.

Gin Sin shot $2.00

Gin Sin shot $2.00

Final shots

Final shots

So there we were, with our coats and jackets on in the cold bar and no water except for what was coming from the ceiling, which made for slippery dangerous last dance. Instead of dancing the walls were tagged, good times and future times were discussed as 14 years of Maureen’s and Salah’s ‘home’ were coming to an end. How to remove the wonderful old hand carved wood bar and all it’s contents were strategized. “They don’t do woodwork like this anymore” said Salah proudly. I looked behind the bar itself and at the ancient wall paper on the wall which seems to be of impressed plaster work painted gold. No one knows just the exact history of the bar but if these walls could talk, we would have 100 years of Long Island City history to tell. All the 5 Pointz events the had been held here, the celebrations of hip hop and street art add so much more history to this little Irish style pub. (My awesome surprise birthday was just celebrated here a few weeks ago.) Another beloved place gone in the era of mass destruction of New York’s past.
The loyal group

The loyal group

Maureen, Salah and friends

Maureen, Salah and friends

A final Shannon kiss

A final Shannon kiss

During the evening Marie stepped out for her usual cigarette, as she stood in front of the bar she observed a pigeon flying towards the building to seek refuge form the cold, and seconds before it could reach the building, it simply fell out of the sky succumbing to hypothermia. Marie’s mission was to rescue the bird. We got a box, lined it with tissue paper and gently placed it in the box. It did not even resist. We placed it in the back hoping it would warm up. (It was in desperate need of sleep as well.) Every so often we would check to see if Marie’s pigeon was reviving, it barely was, but towards the end of the night was fluffing itself up, a hopeful sign. As a final act of kindness, Meres and Marie took the pigeon to their garage to let it warm up and revive. Two days later it flew off to join the world again.

The last round

The last round

Giving Gerry the finger

Giving Gerry the finger

A bitter cold ending . . .

A bitter cold ending . . .

Keep on burnin'

Keep on burnin’

The man with a mission

The man with a mission

Meres and Marie and all the fantastic 5 Pointz crew are greatly symbolized by our little pigeon – we may be down, but with a little help from our friends – we are not out. Maureen and Salah will reopen at a new nearby location at 21-59 44th Drive, off of 21st Street soon. 5 Pointz will rise again like a phoenix (or our pigeon) and with the creative force of the artists and minds behind Meres and Marie, look out for a brighter and bolder future for Pointz! !

Final exit - (with the pigeon).

Final exit – (with the pigeon).

SHANNON POT©

MORE CELEBRATIONS TO COME !

MORE CELEBRATIONS TO COME !


Photo of the day: “SERIOUSLY? YOU EXPECT ME TO PEE IN THIS COLD?”

"Where's the eau de dogue?"

“Where’s the eau de dogue?”

Photo of the day: “SERIOUSLY? YOU EXPECT ME TO PEE IN THIS COLD?” – “Besides, I can’t smell a thing!” Noel my sheepdog/terrier  mix dog has been none to happy about our walkies for the last few days. First the blizzard and the bitter cold, then the burning salt on her paws and she’s still frustrated that she can’t quite get her eau de dougue scents as she usually does.  ‘The sun’ll come out tomorrow’, the temps are going up to 40°F (4.45°C) – let’s hope for Noel’s sake, because there’s nothing like sniffing a good fire hydrant!  🙂