"POETIC POSTER DECAY"

Monday, January 16, 2017

FACES FROM THE NAKED CITY

               Eight and a half million faces in the Naked City and here’s 
               a small handful gathered over the past several years.

                                A door greeter at a club in Tribeca

At an art parade in Soho

got good brows, go to town...an Englishman in NYC

a stellar 'stache at the Garage flea market

future entomologist through a cafe window in Brooklyn

at the farmers market in Union Square...her friend did the braiding

A temporary santa and full time grandfather from Kentucky, he
is a plant vendor at the farmers market in Union Square.

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, January 2, 2017

"FEET FIRST"

                                                   "FEET FIRST" into the New Year









             
                                     all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, December 26, 2016

OVER THE TOP LIGHTS IN DYKER HEIGHTS

Last night we had the good fortune of a friend with a car offering a trip to view the over the top lights of Dyker Heights. This elegant Brooklyn neighborhood has a long standing reputation for Christmas displays that began in 1984. It has expanded yearly since to a current cavalcade of Christmas kitsch that will leave you bedazzled with your eyes ringing. There are moments of tasteful and ingenious engineering as well, and the fact that this neighborhood opens up for 
the tens of thousands of light seekers is commendable.











                    all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, December 19, 2016

END OF YEAR ODDITIES

                                     
                                                 a small batch of end of the year oddities...








                                  all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, December 5, 2016

"FELLOW CITIZENS"

                        A favorite ongoing category in my street side rambles is 
                   “fellow citizens”. You may even recognize a few of them…










                                                all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 28, 2016

HAND PAINTED WALL SIGNS

               I have been a long time fan, follower and advocate of the hand 
               painted sign. Original hand painted wall signs are a rarity in the 
               city and the combination of disappearing old buildings and the
               arrival of huge vinyl billboards have taken their toll. However, 
               I have noticed in recent years, there has been a renaissance 
               of this ancient craft with the arrival of several new mural 
               companies, all passionate about the combination of art and 
               design on large scale projects. 

                                   









                                            All photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 21, 2016

SHOE REPAIR STREET SIDE GALLERY

     Small street side businesses have a long history in NYC and though rare 
    today,there are still some wonderful examples. This shoe repair stall under
    an awning in Chinatown has been there for over 25 years and I always 
    enjoy the constantly changing gallery of artworks by the children and
    grandchildren of the owners.









all photos ©Ken Brown