Category Archives: Churches

SKETCHES of New York

The book is called NEW YORK SKETCHBOOK………….and the artist is FABRICE MOIREAU.……….and he has captured the melting pot that is New York.  I especially like his drawings of Greenwich Village.  You can go on Amazon and buy the book.

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9•11 MEMORIAL……….Wall Street

Trekked down to Wall Street today to see the 9•11 memorial……….and went into Saint Paul’s Church……..where a small memorial remains in the corner of the chapel………items left there from families and firemen from around the globe.  An exhibit that is touching……humbling…..sad.

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THE LITTLE CHURCH AROUND THE CORNER

The Little Church Around the Corner……..is just that.

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The Church of the Transfiguration…..the chapel is open daily.

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JESUS CHRIST

 

The POPE doesn’t want you “breeding like rabbits”

POPE FRANCIS said…….”Catholics don’t need to breed like rabbits”…….but he rejects birth controls!

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  “OH DEAR…………I think his quote will go down in history!”

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 Czarina Rabbitski [of Russia] was not amused.

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 She currently resides in my art studio. And, yes, that is a Faberge Egg in her hand.

[This diorama was made for TIFFANY’S  window].

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OOPS!  What I meant was…………..

 

Strolling down FIFTH AVENUE on Christmas Day 2014

Gone are the days of a leisurely stroll down 5th avenue on 

Christmas day.

It was closer to a “nightmare”

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Scaffolding on nearly every block.

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Saint Pat’s Cathedral was finally cleaned up………now a ghostly form of it’s previous self.  At $175 million that was a lot of tithes…..for a lot of soot.

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The interior is also getting a facelift. Cardinal O’Conner was holding forth.

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Handbags all “bundled up”…………in case the cops descent he can grab the bundle and run.  There were 50 of these guys along the avenue.  Hey, everyone has the right to make a living…..and his rent is “free”.  Did you spot Don there on the corner.

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There were so many worshipers in the church………hundreds had to stand outside…….and couldn’t hear a word.  No Speakers.

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 It was 60 degree today………….but that mink had to make an appearance.

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Hot dogs and pretzels…………$5 for the dog….$3 for the pretzel.

 Mustard was free.

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He decided that right in front of Sak’s window was the best spot on the block.  He and 10 other vendors.  You could cop a fake CHANEL bag for $40.  $25 if you haggled.

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Don and friend….snapping away.

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Roasted peanuts……….and umbrellas go together like a _____ and _______!

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Your caricature only 5 bucks….and five minutes of your time.

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Alex was talked into 3 sketches……….$15 smackers.  Cute tho!

HOMELESS rate is up in NYC

Manhattan’s Homeless rate is up 7%, but on the Westside where I live…..it is up 14%.  56,000 are sleeping in homeless shelters….and thousands more are sleeping in the streets…….in the parks…….in the subways and on church steps all over town.

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any of these poor people and get a closer look at their condition

It is heartbreaking.

More than 1000 children are living with their families in these shelters……….this is a tragedy.  Many of these families have been evicted from their apartments unable to pay the rents that landlords are charging.   A studio apartment in Manhattan can cost between $3000 to $4000 a month.

Two PHOENIXES Float in New York

The PHOENIXES were born in CHINA …..and now they float in  New York City.

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These monumental birds soar in the nave of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Morningside Heights.

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Xu Bing…….a world famous artist………was in the Cathedral with a crew if 8 erecting the birds and then hoisting them 20 feet up into the air.

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This is HUANG……the female……..soaring toward the bronze doors of the church.

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She is poised to take flight in the middle of the night.

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The tail of FENG….the male……….sails away from the alter.

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The birds bodies are constructed from salvaged construction debris…….pliers, saws…..screw drivers….hammers and shovel heads.

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In China’s history, Phoenixes represent luck…….prosperity and power.

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Xu Bing.………a conceptual atist…… has used plastic tubing to create these fantastic wings…….tiny lights edging the “feathers”.

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The two birds weigh over 12 tons………they measure 90 and 100 feet long.  They take on a sacred quality in the Cathedral.  You can see them soar here for one year.