Category Archives: Local Attractions

Coney Island – Off Season’

Coney Island has always attracted artists eccentrics and the locals who have it in their bones. It is more than an inner city amusement park, it is a state of mind.

It’s eye candy to an artist, visionary.

A dreamscape of joy and despair.

It was once called “The World’s Greatest Playground.”

It went down for awhile, but now. it is making a comeback.

There is currently a great exhibit about it going on at The Brooklyn Museum through March 13th, called Coney Island – Visions of an American Landscape.

It’s chock full of the history and American Eye Candy I love.
Here’s some pictures I took this past Saturday:

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Mom and Pop stores.

Back in the days, Mom and Pop stores, and of course the local hardware store were a big thing. Every village and town had at least 1, family owned. In the major cities, there was a Mom and Pop store every other city block.
But for many reasons they have faded. However they still exist but not like they use to.
I have always liked the atmosphere of these stores. And they have been a great help to be people who are on limited incomes.
Enclosed please find pictures I have taken of former stores.
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The lighting of the “Liberty Pole”.

Each year, during the first week in December,”The Liberty Pole” is lit up in downtown Rochester. It stands on the north side of Main street. Right next to the Sibley building.
This has always been a nice gathering with the cities Mayor, members of city government, and residents! It consists of bands, and various sorts entertainment, including Santa and some elves.
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Brighton Beach, setting for movies..

I’m at one of the famous Brighton Beach subway entrances, which were used in the movie “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” by Neil Simon. It is also the location of some of Woody Allen’s scripts.DSCN1519 DSCN1520

I’m not sure if it was this exact one or one at another spot,  but you get the drift. Some of the movie was filmed under the EL where I am standing today, Dec. 5th, 2015, after some shopping in the district.

Soup Du Jour! Even Big Bad Bikers like soup!

Outside Sweet Tomato next to Billy Joel’s Motorcycle Museum, 20th Century Cycles.

Damp last Sunday of November.

Great homemade soups in this place, a regulars hangout and tourists too.

Everybody Loves Soup!
Everybody Loves Soup!

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Published: December 2, 2015