Jon Crispin's Notebook

Herman

Posted in Friends by joncrispin on 05/10/2010

I first met Herman Boykin in Ithaca when our friend Warren roped us all into working on the Strand Theatre renovation.  In the late 70s he moved to New York City.  It is always so great to get together and hang out.  Had time to meet the new puppies and have a few beers before catching the train home.

Vinny Vella

Posted in People, Windows by joncrispin on 01/10/2010

One of the coolest aspects of Albanese’s is that it is as much a community center as a butcher shop.   A young guy from down the street came in to eat his lunch, others would chat with Moe for a few minutes then leave, and others like Vinny Vello here would hang around and give Moe the business.  Vinny is an actor (really!) and the unofficial Mayor of Elizabeth Street.  He has a new movie coming out with Christopher Walken called “The Irishman”.  Google him and check out his credits.

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.

Moe

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.

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