Jon Crispin's Notebook

Albanese Meats & Poultry

Posted in Advertising, Buildings, Food, Friends, People, Windows by joncrispin on 30/09/2010

This block of Elizabeth Street runs just south of Houston, and I know it really well because my good friend Herman Boykin started living there in 1979.  Before I moved to the City in 1986 and while I was living there I would spend a lot of time in the neighborhood.  There were many more shops like Albanese’s back then, but the area is really different now.


Posted in Buildings, Food, History, People, Windows by joncrispin on 30/09/2010

I took the train into New York City on Tuesday and met Craig Williams at City Hall Park.  He took me over to One Liberty Plaza to meet some of the September 11 Memorial folks and have a peek at the WTC site.  We then went over to Engine Company 6 which is just an amazing place. / The main purpose of the trip was to photograph the Albanese Meats & Poultry shop on Elizabeth Street.  The history is a bit too involved to get into, but Moe has been cutting meat here for a very long time.  He worked with his mom, Mary for almost 50 years until she died in 2002 at the age of 97.  He is an amazingly nice guy.  I’ll post more soon.


Posted in Animals, Dogs, Family, Weather by joncrispin on 23/09/2010


The weather has been perfect for sitting on the deck and having a nice cup of tea in the afternoon.  Pearl has become much less likely to slink off and get into trouble in the neighborhood, so all in all it is very relaxing.  I love Autumn.


Posted in Family, Flowers, Food, Plants by joncrispin on 16/09/2010

Cris really likes honey in her tea in the mornings.  Usually we buy the cheap organic stuff at Trader Joe’s, which is pretty good, but this stall at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market had a really nice selection of flavors.  The guy selling it said that the wildflower variety would be good in her Earl Gray, so I bought a 2 lb. jar.

Royal Palm

Posted in Buildings, Friends, History, Windows by joncrispin on 16/09/2010

Peter Carroll and I went out for Indian food in Collegtown when I was in Ithaca.  The Royal Palm has been there forever without much obvious change.  It is a pretty cool building.

Willard Cemetery

Posted in Family, Graveyards, History, Landscape, People by joncrispin on 15/09/2010

Every time I go to Willard, NY to do some work relating to the Psych Center, I go to the cemetery and walk around.  The setting is really beautiful; a huge rolling field with a view of Seneca Lake.  It is also a very moving place.  For reasons I have never completely understood (or agreed with), the only names on headstones are in the veteran’s section.  All other graves are marked with a number.  I spent all day Friday photographing the wonderful people who worked at Willard before it was closed, and then Brad Edmondson and I walked across the road to have a look.  I was struck by the fact that it was late Friday afternoon on the 10th of September, the last day of Rosh Hashanah.


Posted in People, Travel by joncrispin on 10/09/2010

On Wednesday I was driving to the Ithaca area to begin a few days of shooting former employees of the Willard Psychiatric Center.  I had to stop for a piss and as I was coming back to my car I saw the nun on the right putting something into the back seat of her car.  The wind was really howling, and her habit was all over the place.  She and her companion were more than happy to be photographed, even as they were unsure as to why I would want to take their picture.

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Posted in Family, People, Windows by joncrispin on 08/09/2010

Autumn is always a  transitional time for me.  It is mostly my favorite part of the year, but it always brings up some mixed emotions.  I have felt kind of wacked lately, but am starting to leave the transitional phase and get comfortable again.  I am always a bit weird before Peter goes back to school, but once he gets settled I start to relax.  Cris and I dropped him off on Sunday.

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