Thursday, December 6, 2012
NYC Creatures of the Night, New York, Times Square, NYYou've seen them if you have visited, that oddity that draws you near to them for that once in a lifetime facebook profile picture, your picture with Spiderman or a midget Elvis. Non the less, Tourist beware, for behind the cotton, the glitter and the metallic paint awaits another panhandler looking for the almighty dollar. The trick is to stealthily take the shot, a quick under the arm, cowboy draw that allows them no time to run at you to either confront your action or shove a basket in your face. Or...you can just give up the $1 or $2 and have Pikachu snap your picture with Patrick from Sponge Bob like I did. Pay attention to your valuables while distracted -Gentleman -Wallets front pocket, Ladies - Handbags firmly secured.
Yiddish Walk of Fame, New York, NY
Oy. I found the Yiddish Walk of Fame on the corner of 10th Street and Second Avenue, the side walk is embedded with brass stars memorialize Jewish artists that contributed to local, Broadway, and Hollywood fame. The sidewalk was on the site of the famous Second Avenue Deli in the East Village. It was owned by Abe Lebewohl, whose deli was in the center of Yiddish theaters along Second Avenue.
This neighborhood was typically German but many chose to leave their homes in 1904, when the General Slocum disaster claimed over 1,000 lives. Many Jewish immigrants moved in to their vacated homes and businesses.
Most of the names you will not recognize in this monument installed in 1984 and similar to its Hollywood Boulevard look-a-like, this one only having 30 Stars.
Hand Prints and Foot Prints of the Stars, NYC version of Grumman's Theater (Theater 80), New York, NY
Giant Dog Bone for the Dog Park, Memorial, New York, NY
The unique thing about this Dog Park and run at Tompkins Square is The Bone Memorial attached between the fences of two runs in the park. The large bone is a replacement for overlooks the dog park on the fence between the large and small run. When an old tree died in the center of the dog park, a local artist carved it into a bone with his chainsaw. It became a memorial to locals who began to attach tags and flowers to it when their beloved pets passed away. In 2008, when the tree wore away, the new bone monument was installed and the original tags from the previous monument were attached. Now, grieving owners can put their memorial tags on the bone by purchasing the hardware at a local hardware store.