Jon Crispin's Notebook

New York City/Roosevelt Island Historical Society/Olive

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I had a quick 24 hours in New York City on Thursday/Friday.

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After a great lunch with Zoë Crossland (click on the pdf download media button) in Harlem I went downtown to the 9/11 Memorial.  It is really quite moving.

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The reason for going to New York was to hear Robert Kirkbride‘s presentation on asylums to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.  I’ll be back there talking about the suitcases on the 10th of May.  Please come if you are in the area.

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It is always nice to take the Tramway over to the Island.

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Cheap as chips and great views as you cross the East River.  Plus Roosevelt Island is a really cool part of the City.

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Judy Berdy is the director of the RIHS and is amazing.  We crossed the street for drinks after Robert’s talk and she just happened to have a set of plans for the Goldwater Memorial Hospital building designed by Isadore Rosnfield.

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I stayed with friends Pieper and Merrill on the Lower East Side.  This is a view of Grand Street from the window of my room.

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I often get requests for more photos of the Olive, so here is a recent one.

Hope to see some of you in New York on the 10th.

Pieper and Sarah

Posted in Family, Friends, People, Travel by joncrispin on 11/03/2012

Every weekday morning Pieper walks his daughter Sarah to the subway for her trip to school.  He then heads uptown to his office to begin his work day.  /  It was great to stay with him and Merrill and to see them interact with Aidan and Sarah.  They are a great family.

Oyster Bar

Posted in Architecture, Art, Buildings, Cities, Food, History, Travel by joncrispin on 19/02/2012

Sorry, it’s been a while. /  I took the Metro North train from New Haven to New York on Friday.  I could have taken Amtrak from Springfield, but it goes into Penn Station and I prefer Grand Central.  I arranged to arrive with time to spare, so I had some Cotuits and a pan roast at the Oyster Bar. / Just after my Kickstarter page went up, Zoe Crossland from Columbia University contacted me about coming down to give a seminar on the Willard suitcases project.  She connected me with Brian Boyd who set it all up, and at 5.30 I was sitting in a room with a great group of faculty and students from the anthropology and archeology departments.  I was hoping for lots of feedback and dialogue and wasn’t disappointed.  I showed selected photos from what I have done so far and we had a great discussion. / Had a very productive day at the museum last Thursday and will be back shooting in the next few days.

ElementalManhattan / Pieper

Posted in Art, Cities, Friends, People, Science, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 16/08/2011

This is my friend Richard Pieper.  I took this photograph in the elevator of his building in the East Village back in January.  (I think he is wearing earmuffs!)  Pieper is a great friend and a very interesting fellow.  Click here to see his latest project.  It is truly amazing.

Snow in NYC

Posted in Architecture, Automobiles, Buildings, Weather by joncrispin on 30/01/2011

Snow on Car

New York City has gotten slammed with snow this year.  On Thursday in the late afternoon when I was shooting outside of the Broadway Theatre, I saw a guy in a very late model 911 trying to park in about a foot of snow and slush.  How sad.  My first thought is that if you can afford a Porsche, you should also be able to own something that is suitable to drive in the snow. /  This car was one of many on 96th Street somewhere between Columbus and Broadway.  /  On Tuesday, I am off to Tilghman Island to continue shooting the waterman story with Peter Carroll. Can’t wait.

Grand Central Station

Posted in Architecture, Buildings, People, Travel, Windows by joncrispin on 29/01/2011

Grand Central

I like taking Metro North into New York as opposed to Amtrak since the New Haven line goes into Grand Central and Amtrak goes into Penn Station.  I know this shot is a bit of a cliché, but I love it anyway.  What a place.

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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