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.
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.
I have been documenting political commentary on city walls since Ronald Reagan and, as we careen into these last days of the most painfully disruptive campaign I have ever seen, there is a palpable sense of dread and discomfort. The primary cause is a complex and alarming amalgam of America’s ugly side which manifests in the form of Donald Trump.This dark cloud of bloviating insanity has been creeping across the land for far too long and I can can only hope that human dignity and compassion will rule the day on Tuesday. Please Vote!