Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Party at The Comic Strip Live, 2009

Hello Bob and Gladys and Dean Obeidallah!

Who is this? Why it's Bob and Gladys and Howard Feller!

This is the very funny Michele Balan.

This is the inimitable Robin Byrd.

This is the great and talented Nore Davis.

See ya next year!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

my building, a movie set

It was bleak and rainy in NYC today so when I finally left my apartment at about 4:30 PM to go downstairs to run some errands, I literally walked out of my building and onto the set of "The Other Guys," starring Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, and Will Ferrell. All the trailers were lined up in front of my buidling. They were filming a scene in Peter McManus Cafe which is on the corner of my block. I saw a few good exterior photo ops, but when they started to shoot the outdoor scene some set guy said I couldn't take any pictures with a flash. So, I went upstairs and listened to some Bessie Smith and had a cup of coffee with a danish. Every day is an adventure in this naked city...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jack Kerouac was here

This is the building, on West 20th Street, where Jack Kerouac, in 1951, wrote "On The Road."

I stood in front of the door today where he must have passed on so many days so many times.

And this is the southwest corner of West 20th Street where: "Dean, ragged in a motheaten overcoat he bought specially for the freezing temperatures of the East, walked off alone..."

"and the last I saw of him he rounded the corner of Seventh Avenue, eyes on the street ahead, and bent to it again."

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, reality TV couple

I was in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and decided to go up to Borders. I saw a notice saying Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt would be doing a signing for their new book, "How to be Famous." I smelled a photo op and got a few pictures before I decided to take a hike down to Godiva Chocolatier for my free monthly truffle. I chose raspberry dark chocolate. I am always health conscious!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Irish Hunger Memorial

I went on Sunday... and then stayed for a while in the beautiful park.

the school

I taught sixth grade at this school in Hell's Kitchen for 15 years... it is next to the soon to be demolished Shamrock stables.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

it was 1990, now yellowed with age

The clipping above is from the "Daily News" City Lights Guide...
This isn't a "where's Waldo!" Click to enlarge and find me!
I sit here now, and I am so happy I had the courage to pursue my hobby. Some people never experience their passion on any level. They make excuses. I did stand-up comedy not to "make-it," but to have fun! And I sure accomplished that goal.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention

October 24, 2009: The Holiday Inn in Newark, NJ

This is the very talented, Brian Gari. He is an outstanding panel host who is exceedingly knowledgeable and he moves things along with a huge amount of enthusiasm and contagious joy. He and Stu Weiss moderated a discussion with guests Clay Cole, Eugene Pitt, Tracey Dey, and Billy Goldenberg. The hour included film and audio clips.
Brian is the grandson of Eddie Cantor.
Here is my interview from last April with Brian Gari.

This is the very beautiful Janet Cantor Gari, the daughter of the phenomenal entertainer, Eddie Cantor. She is Brian Gari's mother.

This is the infamous hoaxer, Alan Abel.

This is Tracey Dey, Clay Cole, and Brian Gari.

This is the legendary Joe Franklin. At the convention, he was the host of the Joe Franklin Show with Mary Owen, Lillian Murphy (Harvest of the Stars) and Cherie Becker (wife of Sandy Becker).

This is "Billy" Goldenberg. He is the composer who wrote the scores for many of Steven Spielberg's films and also for the TV series Kojak and Columbo.

This is the great Eugene Sampson Pitt who sang with "The Jive Five."

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Owen, the daughter of Donna Reed, at the convention. She told me about letters she found that were written to her mother. Mary Owen speaks in the NYTimes about the G.I. letters sent to her mother, Donna Reed, during WW II.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

45th-year high school reunion

These were taken in the lobby of my apartment building after the reunion. I took no photos at the reunion.

These were not taken at the reunion. They were taken that night after the reunion, in the lobby of my apartment building.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

"Grey Gardens" and me

Tonight, Jessica Lange won the Emmy for Lead Actress in the movie "Grey Gardens." She thanked Al Maysles, the filmmaker of the documentary "Grey Gardens." This is a photo (taken in June 2009) of me and Albert Maysles, who created that "artistic smash."

And these are photos of Jerry (Edie Beale's "Marble Faun,") Albert Maysles, and me! How wonderful it was to see them together again, almost 35 years after that legendary documentary was made.

The Grand Concourse, a boulevard in the Bronx

Roosevelt Gardens apartments, in 1922 the world's largest apartment house

a kiosk

a boulevard most grand

unidentified, now "Citizen's Advice Bureau"

The Andrew Freedman house

1150 Grand Concourse, an Art Deco residential building

The Loew's Paradise

Concourse Plaza Hotel

1244 Grand Concourse

Although this was not "an interview," the experience of visiting this once great boulevard today was very moving. I enjoyed it so much I never even felt the heat... and trust me, today was a typical New York summer shvitz bath.
You can read more in these NY Times articles:
here and here.

At Forgotten-NY: