Tag Archive | NYC

Mural of a Guy Who Could Be Caesar Chavez in Chinatown

Caesar Chavez Mural
All Photos By Gail

This mural depicting what appears to be the likeness of Union leader and labor organizer Caesar Chavez can be found on a building located on Layette Street between Canal and Howard.

Mural Detail
Mural Detail

However, despite the close resemblance to Chavez, the group of musicians clearly visible above his head makes me think that this man might actually be a famous musician. Sadly, I could find nothing about this mural on the Google, believe it or not.

RIP Ziegfeld Theater

Ziegfeld Exterior With Snow
Ziegfeld Theater Exterior the Morning after Winter Storm Jonas (All Photos By Gail)

The legendary Ziegfeld Theater closed its doors for good on Thursday, January 28th with a 10 PM sold-out showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What a way to go!

Ziegfeld Marquee

We’d heard the rumor for just over a week that the place would be shutting down to be renovated into an event space, so Geoffrey wisely suggested we head over for a matinee of Star Wars on the day after Winter Storm Jonas dumped two feet of snow on the city. It proved to be a good call, because I had, for whatever reaosn, never been there before. Better late than never, you aren’t kidding.

Ziegfeld Poster

Ziegfeld Posters

I took a few photos of the interior of the lobby spaces, but they didn’t turn out that great because I never like to use my flash. The thing I love about these photos though is that their darkness really does accurately reflect the glamour of the red velvet walls, and ornate brass and crystal light fixtures. Brightly lit photos would just ruin the mood.

Ziegfeld Stairway

Lobby staircase to the second floor.

Ziegfeld Lighting 1

Ziegfeld Lighting 2

This is the reflection of a chandelier shot into an oval mirror.

Ziegfeld Lighting 3

We had a great afternoon because The Force Awakens is just fantastic (Adam Driver as Kylo Ren: swoon), even though there was a tinge of melancholia in the experience, understanding that this beautiful movie palace would s0on join entertainment venues from  Roseland Ballroom to CBGB that get closed down the name of the almighty dollar. They aren’t very sentimental  in New York City. Read more about the final night at the Ziegfeld at This Link!

Pair of Art Deco Gates from the Chanin Building

Pair of Gates from the Chanin Building
Photo By Gail

Designed by Rene Paul Chambellan (1893 – 1955) and fashioned from wrought iron and bronze, these gates from the entrance to the Chanin Building’s executive suite, are excellent examples of the important role that metalwork played in defining the art deco style of New York skyscrapers from about 1925 to 1940. The gates’ largely linear, radiating design created an industrially informed aesthetic that was part of the machine-age era.

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Museum on New York City.

NYC Public Phone Booth, Post-Jonas

Snow Booth
Photo By Gail

Winter Storm Jonas dumped Two Feet of white, fluffy snow on NYC on Saturday, January 23rd, and the aftermath is fairly Instagram worthy. This public phone booth, which appears to be “occupied,” stands near the corner of West 53rd Street and 6th Avenue.

Video: David Bowie Ad on Electronic Billboard


I shot this video – a fun ad for David Bowie’s Blackstar album — while standing on the corner of 8th Avenue and 34th Street, in front of the Port Authority.