Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sheldon Silver sentenced to 12 years for corruption schemes

New York Daily News sketch by Jane Rosenberg
Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for using his vast power to line his own pockets with $5.3 million.
Manhattan Federal Court Judge Valerie Caproni slammed the adulterous Lower East Side Democrat as one of the most crooked elected officials the state has ever seen.
“Silver's corruption cast a shadow over everything he has done," Caproni said

To view entire NY Daily News story, link here 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Village Voice on the downtown Assembly race: great illustration by Victor Juhasz

For as long as most New Yorkers can remember, our state government has been a dark and corrupt place, a foreboding swamp swathed in a noxious miasma. Good ideas that made their way inside quickly became lost, bogged down, entangled, eventually sinking below the surface, never to emerge. The creatures that thrived in this dark realm were well adapted to life in the shadows, gorging on kickback schemes and poorly regulated campaign donations,blocking any effort to drain the fetor. Among the greatest monsters of them all was Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who, having built an impregnable political machine on Manhattan's Lower East Side, choked the dreams of popular governance without fear of consequence.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter: City Hall Park/Jacob Wrey Fountain

  • Architect: Jacob Wrey Mould ( he designed bridges in Central Park)
  • Description: Square pool with candelabrum at each corner; central column consisting of circular basin with umbrella above, surmounted by fixture
  • Materials: Pool and column (except for fixture)--granite; Candelabra, fixture--bronze
  • Dimensions: Pool L: 30' W: 30'; Basin Diameter: 10'; Column H: 15' (all approximate)
  • Cast: 1872
  • rededicated by Mayor Giuliani 1999

 In 1999 a $34.6 million project fully restored the park, adding a central walkway and gardens and replacing pavement with grass and trees.  The Mould fountain with its original granite base was returned to the park with a reconstructed centerpiece and lighting fixtures.  A circular tablet at the southern end of the park was added to educate visitors about the history of the site.  At the park’s rededication, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani called the renovation “a final gift from the 20th century to New Yorkers of the 21st.”

More on the fountain

Monday, February 29, 2016

Bar and Gallery Space To Open in Seaport Space Closed Since Hurricane Sandy

Bar and Gallery Space To Open in Seaport Space Closed Since Hurricane Sandy: Artists Loft plans to serve drinks and small bites while being an active gallery space, an owner said.

 Artists Loft, a bar and gallery space at 181 Fulton Street, is set to open by May.

Artists Loft, a bar and gallery space at 181 Fulton Street, is set to open by May.

DNAinfo/ Irene Plagianos
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — On tap at this new Seaport bar: art for sale.

Loft, at 181 Front St., is planning to serve drinks and small bites,
while also being an active gallery space, said co-owner Harry Young..

Friday, January 1, 2016


Times Square morning after New Year's Eve
with 1 World Trade in background.
Happy New Year 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015


The National Christmas Tree in the White House Elipse.

The National Christmas Tree is surrounded by 50 smaller trees, one for each state.

Monday, November 30, 2015


ILLUSTRATED COURTROOM: SHELDON SILVER GUILTY ALL COUNTS: Judge Valerie Caproni, seated far left reading the verdict sheet to the jury foreperson. The responses to each count was "guilty&quot...

Monday, November 23, 2015

ILLUSTRATED COURTROOM: SHELLY SILVER TRIAL NY Observer: Prosecution and Defense Deliver Clos...

Manhattan Youth head Bob Townley was in court today, seated far right is Preet Bharara.

ILLUSTRATED COURTROOM: NY Observer: Prosecution and Defense Deliver Clos...: Steven Molo gives closing statement describing the prosecutor's case " A theory in search of a case" Mr. Molo’s argum...

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Trinity Church: Lower Manhattan 
“Easter is…
Joining in a birdsong,
Eying an early sunrise,
Smelling yellow daffodils,
Unbolting windows and doors,
Skipping through meadows,
Cuddling newborns,
Hoping, believing,
Reviving spent life,
Inhaling fresh air,
Sprinkling seeds along furrows,
Tracking in the mud.
Easter is the soul’s first taste of spring.” 
― Richelle E. Goodrich