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Archive for June, 2011

You Can’t Go Home Again


I returned to my hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to attend my Dad’s funeral this week and was saddened not only by the event, but also by the fact that my hometown has become a picture of an aging, depressed and rusting Midwestern city. There has been very little growth, very few new buildings and tons of old buildings that are now abandoned.
 

Downtown Toledo's rverfront

An attempt has been made to breathe new life into the downtown area with the construction of a new baseball stadium, convention center, and a new bridge across the Maumee River. I was, however, able to seek some solace in the food. (more…)

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Chelsea Dresses Up


It is so refreshing to see a city as vibrant and full of life as New York renew itself and remain the center of the universe from so many perspectives. The restaurants are cutting edge, technology is invented and some of the most creative minds in the world live there. As the world’s population increases and demographics shift, New York has done a wonderful job of going with the flow, instead of trying to swim up stream like so many other cities do.

Chelsea from The Hudson river with the Empire State Building in the background

Chelsea and the Meat Packing District are prime examples. It wasn’t long ago that Chelsea was anything but (more…)


Lunch at Carnegie Deli


It was lunch time in The City and the rush was on for a seat in the deli. This may not have been the most attractive presentation of any meal I have eaten, but it was my first time at Carnegie Deli and I was jumping in with both feet. A classic Reuben sandwich. Two pieces of rye bread, what had to have been nearly an entire pound of corned beef, sauerkraut and plenty of Swiss cheese melted over the top with Russian dressing on the side. I had always heard that the sandwiches are large enough to split, but I had no idea this single sandwich, served open face, would cover an entire dinner plate.

A Reuben at Carnegie Deli

The corned been was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The flavors were amazing. Now I know what all the fuss (more…)


Making Lemonade from Lemons


One of the problems with being a photographer and traveling to a specific location with a  particular shot in mind is that you either have to do a lot of homework to insure that the scene you shoot will be what you want it to be, or play a little Russian roulette. I was in NYC in February for just one night and I wanted to shoot the downtown Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn, shooting across the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge in the frame. Sadly, on the one night I was in town, it rained.

Times Square

I was unexpectedly back in New York again a few weeks ago. Ah ha! Another chance for that shot. I was staying in a downtown hotel which would be close by, the weather was supposed to be perfect, but something (more…)


The Best Little Steak House in Florida


I typically don’t recommend restaurants. Too many times I have returned to a restaurant where I had a fantastic meal in an effort to duplicate the experience, only to be disappointed with the second visit. Everyone’s restaurant expectations are different. However, my visit to Berns Steak House in Tampa, went way beyond even my level of expectation, and those who know me know that my standards are extremely high.

Bern's Steak House Lobby

Bern’s has absolutely no curb appeal, looking like an old warehouse on drive-up. One step through the doors (more…)