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Balloons, Music, CELEBRATE!

In NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

On Thanksgiving Day in New York City, a one of a kind celebration marches down Central Park West to Herald Square.  This Thanksgiving will mark my third year as a balloon handler…a new tradition has begun for my family.  But how long has this event been going on?  What was it like in the beginning?  Read on….

Balloons, Music, CELEBRATE!*

In 1924 the first holiday parade was organized by Macy’s Employees.  Animals were featured from the Central Park Zoo.  The crowds loved it and a tradition was born!

In 1927 the first helium-filled balloons were included in the parade.  They were released as part of the grand finale, but unexpectedly burst over the city.

The following year the balloons were redesigned.  A return address was included on each balloon in case it floated away and a reward was given to those that returned it to the store.

Rain or shine, the Thanksgiving Day Parade marches from 77th Street and Central Park West to Herald Square.

*information found at www.macys.com

 

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

51st and Broadway

In NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm

As a NYC photographer finding unique moments, unique opportunities to document black and white landscapes of the city is an ongoing challenge.  Over the next 25 entries, I will share with you images partnered with interesting pieces of new york city history.  Let the stories unfold…..

Dreams can come true!

Al Jolson lived “The American Dream.”  Born in Lithuania, Jolson rose through the ranks of vaudeville as a comedian and a blackface “Mammy” singer.  By 1920, he had become the biggest star on Broadway.

Jolson was born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, Lithuania, sometime between 1883 and 1886 and was the first openly Jewish man to become an entertainment star in America.

Al Jolson was to jazz, blues, and ragtime what Elvis Presley was to rock ‘n’ roll.  He paved the way for African-American performers like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Ethel Waters.

*information found at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/broadway/stars/jolson_a

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

It Happened on 125th Street

In NYC History, NYC Today on August 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

On June 30, 2009 I headed uptown to the NYC Business Solutions Center .  We were a few weeks into our marketing class so I was focused in thought on business as I rode the subway.  Not for a moment did I connect the dots to what had happened five days prior and how it would impact the next few hours of my life.

The class was located a few doors down from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.   As I climbed the stairs from the station to street level, I was hit by a wall of people.  It took a few moments for the activity to resonate and then clarity!  This was a celebration of Michael Jackson’s life.  The sidewalk was packed.  People were lined along the parade barriers on both sides of 125th Street.  Cars were not allowed to pass.  The road was empty except for police in bright orange rain gear monitoring the crowd on either side.  Stores had their doors wide open; mobile music devices were set up everywhere sharing the amazing music of Michael Jackson.  People of all ages were singing and dancing in celebration.

At first I was focused on getting to my class as I was already a few minutes late.  Going against the flow of the crowd was a foolish idea, so I walked east on the south side of the street trying to find where I could cross.  The police would not let anyone through other than the designated openings further down.  So onward I went.

With each step I began to engage more and more with the activity of my surroundings.  The longer I was part of the crowd, the more I felt the energy of the moment.  The life  celebration of such an amazing performer.  And I too began to sing “Billie Jean…”

Events happen throughout NYC every day.  And if you are fortunate to find one, stumble upon one, the experience will match no other.  Being part of this celebration connected me to Michael Jackson on some level knowing that he and his brothers performed right here on this street so many years ago.

This is also the day I came to realize the power of the small camera I carry.  The amazing (in my opinion) iPhone.  A celebration that would never be repeated again.  A celebration that needed to be documented.  A celebration that happened on 125th Street.

Until next time.

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

With Patience & Perseverance, Dreams Do Come True!

In NYC History, NYC Today on April 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Marisha, the absolute Professional you want to help design your wedding invitations!

I have the pleasure to announce a very exciting  partnership.  On April 1, 2010 I met with Jessica Paulen of Judy Paulen Designs.  She is the buyer as well as owner of the stationery shop at the 59th street bloomingdale’s.  I shared with her “aTouchofYellowinNYC”.  She loved the note-cards!  So much so that they are now part of the assortment in her shop.

This is a dream come true!

Here are images of the cards and the shop.  When you are in town, please visit the 6th floor and tell them you are a friend of 51art.


Until next time!

teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

An Eye-Opening Spring Day

In NYC Today on April 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I began this blog as an extension to my stationery line “aTouchofYellowinNYC”. The note-cards are designed to share a bit of what it’s like to live here, a slice of New York City life.  So much happens that if you stand still on a street corner for a minute you will experience something unique, unexpected.  With my designs, the everyday/mundane has a bit of character and a bit of history to give perspective as to why the city is what it is today.  This entry shares what I experienced yesterday while walking my dog.

Our neighborhood is very nice by New York City standards.  The buildings that surround us are quite grand each with their own doormen;  the streets that grid the neighborhood are lined with very regal and very old trees.  We are right on the East River and stroll the promenade each time we take our walks.  Amidst all the landscaped beauty and the well coiffed people that live in this neighborhood, there are some folks that take temporary residence in this part of town.  They are transient folks, nomads that carry their goods on their backs.  These folks most of us refer to as the “homeless”.  They find sanctuary under foot bridges along the rivers’ edge, on stairs at churches and schools, in concealed doorways of darkened buildings.  During the late night hours these folks are sleeping in these places, but during the day what do they do?  Where do they go?  Since most of us are working, that question is not readily answered.  (Unless you ride the subway where entertainment abounds-sing for your supper I suppose…)

Yesterday, my dog Kodi and I had a glorious spring morning greet us.  On our walk, we passed the doormen and maintenance men & women washing their sidewalks.  This daily routine begins on the first warm day in spring and ends on the last warm day in fall.  With so many 2 and 4 legged friends sharing this space, the cleaning is a necessary task.

As we were watching the hose spray in the sun light, trying to avoid getting wet ourselves, I noticed a man walking down toward the river.  He was in the street and had a black suitcase in tow.  This gentleman was graying and I could only guess his age to be mid 50’s to early 60’s.  He stopped at the corner where a puddle of water was gathering from the side walk run off.  Letting go of his bag, he bent down to the street and began scooping the water with his hands, washing them.  It took a moment to realize what he was doing.  Kodi and I kept walking so as not to distract him.  We made the corner and when I turned back, he was gone.  For some reason, this act made me stop and I began to cry.  (Thank goodness for sunglasses!)  I bent down and hugged Kodi trying to shake off my emotion.  Once I was composed, the photographer kicked in.  I wish I had taken the shot of him washing, but in hind site I prefer to keep this man’s dignity.

We take so many things for granted.  This moment helps put things back in to perspective.  Such a basic need as having water to wash your hands becomes a challenge for a street person.  The expression “out of necessity comes invention” was demonstrated at a very rudimentary level.

There is an organization on the Upper East Side that allows individuals who want to improve their circumstances to do just that.  “Ready, Willing & Able” takes folks with the desire to enter back in to society and teaches them the necessary skills to succeed.  The progress is monitored ensuring each individual adheres to the program.  They have a very high success rate.  Please take the time to learn more about this group and do what you can to help.

All our life choices have brought us to this current place in time.  Most of us can navigate through the tough times.  Those that cannot, need to know there are groups that can help.  Empower each individual and watch what happens!

until next time!

teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

Inspiration in the most Unexpected Places

In NYC Today on April 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

On February 13th as I was walking to the subway, I noticed a message written on a discarded futon mattress:  “become your dream”.  (It was trash day…)  My first thought was that a college student was creative and upon moving left a final thought.

Crossing over First Avenue in another pile of trash I saw the same message written on a discarded box:  “become your dream”.  The message began to resonate-it was powerful.

As I crossed Second Avenue I wondered where the message would surface on this block.  I was not disappointed.

Today on April 13, (uncanny that it’s the same date 2 months later) walking by my local ice cream shop Sedutto, I saw the words “become your dream” on the base of their front counter.  I had to go in.  The manager stated the artist was “James De La Vega,  a well known street artist“.  A very simple message that has created a movement throughout the world.

You just never know where inspiration will be found!

Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

Part 2: The Elephants Come to Town

In NYC Today on March 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm

There is a movie called “The Paper” which reminds me of what I experienced this past Monday night while shooting the elephant walk.

The movie is about a typical/hectic day at a New York City newspaper.  Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall are a few actors in this film.  It’s a crazy story, very energized, very funny.  Mainly, there is a battle between two editors vying for a front page story-one wants to go for sensationalism the other wants to run a correct story.

The only staff photographer available to shoot the art for the front page is very new, very green.  She is sent out into the jungle where the seasoned press photographers know how to maneuver for a great shot in less than ideal circumstances.

The exciting part for me is that after she is elbowed and knocked down, she still manages to shoot the action.  When she gets back to the paper and develops the negatives, what she has is a great shot.  She got it!

In my previous entry I mentioned I had two camera’s with me on this rainy Monday night, the night the elephants came to town.  You saw what I was able to capture digitally in The Elephants Come to Town (part 1).  I was hopeful camera 2 (b&w film) would deliver me the shot I really wanted.  When I saw my negatives today I felt like the young photographer in this movie.  I was hopeful that one image on that roll of film would be of the circus elephants.  And there it was, the lead elephant of the procession as it walked into Manhattan.

I GOT the SHOT!

Enjoy.  Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

The Elephants Come to Town

In NYC History, NYC Today on March 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

As a photographer, I look for new ways to document New York City life.  To discover moments that may be overlooked as we hurry along with our days; to share the unexpected.  Tonight was one of those occasions.

A year ago in March there was a news story that intrigued me.  Every year, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey marches their elephants through the city streets when the circus comes to town.  Since elephants don’t usually wander around Manhattan, I knew this was a spectacle that needed to be photographed.  Planning a year out, I put this on my calendar to get the details.  In February I contacted customer service. They told me “The elephant walk is scheduled for Monday, March 22 @ 11:59 PM”.

I tried to gather information from past events, but very little existed.  The Mommy Poppins Blog had a possible explanation/origin of this walk:  “the circus elephants can’t go up the Penn Station escalators, they need to get off the circus train a stop early in Queens and walk through the Mid-Town Tunnel, and straight across Manhattan to Madison Square Garden”.

So based on this information (or lack thereof) I envisioned a slow moving, large animal procession that would last at least 30 minutes.  I prepared my two camera’s and waited on 34th Street near the tunnel exit.

It was a rainy night, so from time to time a downpour would break up the waiting/anticipation.  There were a few people in the crowd that had contacts on the Queens side and were giving status reports of the elephant progression through the tunnel.

About 1:00am the Elephants Came to Town!  There were 6 baby elephants with their handlers that moved like horses trotting down the lane.  It took me a moment to realize that what I expected to happen and what actually happened were two very different things.   The shot I was dreaming about, planning for days was not going to happen!

The elephants were followed by a group of small circus ponies and then some bicycle riding clowns.  POOF! it was over.  In less than 5 minutes the circus passed me by…

Aside from the long wait in the rain, it was a great experience.  Next year I will know better, and be ready for those quick moving pachyderms.

Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

March 17, 2011:  Due to construction at MSG, the circus will not be in NYC this year.

New York City Life Along the East River

In NYC Today on September 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

As with most of us, the details of our surroundings are taken for granted until we are ready to see them.  As a NYC photographer, I am fortunate to live on the East River.  Each day I try to appreciate the wonder before mStone House on Roosevelt Islande.  My view across to Roosevelt Island is not as exciting as the view back (where the residents see the NYC skyline), but I actually love watching the activity on and off the water.  There is a little stone house across the way and seems lost among the new buildings.  I wonder what its story is, how does it fit into the fabric of New York City history.  And more than once after a summer shower,  I have seen a rainbow end at this cottage.  Could there be a pot of gold?  Could the Wizard live there?  These pictures of landscape are magical!

The East River CurrentAs you discovered in the “East River Mystery” , the river is salt water.  Depending on which direction the wind blows it actually smells like the beach.  And just like the ocean, the water can be active or calm depending on the storms and the tides.

On a daily basis there are many pleasure crafts, barges, tugboats and working vessels that sail down to New York Harbor and back.   On this particular day, I noticed the water was very choppy and the wind was remarkably strong.  The sun was brilliant and reflected off the river back to me like shimmering diamonds.  I wanted to share these images with you so that you too could see what a beautiful, summer day was like on the river here on the East Side of Manhattan-a bit of New York City life.

Circle Line sails down the East River toward the 59th Street Bridge

Activity along the river edge

Each day this vessel sails up and down the river

A view down the river from East 81st Street

81st Street Footbridge

The need for speed

When I came home that night the movement of the river was completely different from the afternoon.  The winds were gone and the surface of the water was still.  I wanted to capture the light reflection just as I did during the day.  The night seems to be a bit more intriguing.   I hope you feel the same.

Night life on the FDR

East River Lights 1

East River Lights 2

East River Lights 3

East River Lights 4

Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®


A Slice of New York City Life

In NYC History on September 5, 2009 at 5:45 am

The East River MysteryNew York City photography has existed in many forms over many years. As long as there has been a camera, photographers have been drawn in to capture the essence of this vibrant town.

I am one of these photographers-my niche is the street. From the everyday adventure of living in New York City, to finding a new perspective on the mundane, my photography is a “moment in time” captured on black & white film.

I have taken these fine art black & white images and designed a new line of note cards with “a Touch of Yellow” and a little bit of history. These designs have been inspired by living here and “seeing” what happens on the street, on the rivers, on the subways, and so on.

Going forward, I will share the historical “tid-bits” that unfold as I do my research.  Some findings are truly fascinating and could only happen in New York!

This photograph of the Chrysler building I took while cruising around Manhattan on the Circle Line-what an amazing structure!  As fascinating as the building continues to be, what I found more interesting was the East River.  The behavior of the current was not a natural flow.  I needed to uncover what was going on (unless I was losing my mind!).  I did some inquiring with the local Tug Boat Operator; he stated that the current changed it’s flow four times a day based on the tide.   How wonderful to finally have the answer!  Read below for more details:

East River Mystery Solved!

Until next time!

-Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®