4-21-13 The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden~ Project Harmony, Inc.

As I said in yesterday’s post, I spent much of Saturday shooting various sites for New York Cares Day Spring cleanup. I try to shoot some part of  NY Cares’ big city-wide events as well as volunteering for small events when I can.  They are a wonderful caring organization who do a lot of extremely important and good work and if you live in NYC or the Metro New York area you should try to volunteer for one of their many projects.

Today’s photographs are from Joseph Daniel Wilson Garden (run by  Project Harmony ) at 216 West 122nd Street.  It is a sweet little garden that is open during the day. If you live in the city I encourage you to visit.

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4-20-13 New York Cares Day Spring

Today New York Cares held its annual spring cleaning in many of NYC’s smaller parks. I was assigned to shoot two of them – The Daniel Wilson Garden at 216 W 122nd Street and the William Harris Garden at St Nicholas Avenue and 153rd Street and tripped over a third. In between that I crossed the Macombs Dam Bridge, visited Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum, walked 155th Street where the skateboarders play and walked the river. I shot over 800 pictures today. Here are a few from New York cares. The others will be up over the next few days.

The Daniel Wilson Garden - A few members of "Team Fun"

The Daniel Wilson Garden – A few members of “Team Fun”

The William Harris Garden - Lori Harris in the center.

The William Harris Garden – Lori Harris in the center.

Me: "You're working hard" She: We're HR!" (HSBC) Riverside Park and 148th Street.

Me: “You’re working hard” She: We’re HR!” (HSBC) Riverside Park and 148th Street.

Daniel Wilson Garden

3-9-13 Picture Orgy! (Taken Not Shown)

I spent much of the day today at NYU’s Kimmel Center photographing New York Cares Leadership Conference:  Gathering; Opening Remarks; Keynote; 9 Breakouts (x 2 sessions); Lunch.  I took a lot of pictures. It was a very interesting conference. The breakouts were all good. Anyway more on that to come.

Then I walked out into Washington Square Park on the first warm Saturday of the almost spring. College students dressed in bright colors, dancing and wearing horns; bagpiper; Guitar/Banjo duo;  An African-American comic/gymnastic duo; sand painter; International Women’s Day  March and speeches; people. I took a lot more pictures.

Roy and Anne are coming over in an hour for dinner.  I certainly don’t have time to process much.

So just one shot chosen almost at random because I liked its 1/2″ x 1/2″ preview.  Many more to come. If you would like to support New York cares text ICARE to 85944 and donate $10.

Linda I. Gibbs - Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (l). Gary Bagley - Exececutive Director New York Cares (r).

Linda I. Gibbs – Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (l). Gary Bagley – Executive Director New York Cares (r).

11-19-12 You Say It’s My Birthday

To celebrate my neither here nor there birthday (doesn’t end in a 5 or a 0), Katherine and Abigail took me out to a lovely dinner on Sunday night.  Today, the actual day, I went out to The Rockaways with New York Cares.  They asked me to shoot their volunteers at work.  We spent the day at a disaster relief food distribution center. Because we were short two volunteers I ended up jumping in so didn’t shoot as much as I expected.  We served from 11-4. First sandwiches, 6 juice and 6 boxes of raisins, At 1PM we changed over to a full hot lunch. Over 2000 meals were served.  The people who were running the site asked me not to take pictures of the people being served which seemed reasonable. But I still like a few of the shots.

Team Leaders in conference

5 pallets of water given out in 30 minutes

10-13-12 New York Cares – Harlem Renaissance High School

If you have followed the blog for six months or more you know that I shoot for New York Cares on their two big volunteer days each year.  NY Cares is the largest volunteer organization in New York. They have things going every day of the year but twice a year (Fall and Spring) they put together a citywide clean up, spruce up, fix up day. Today was that day. I was assigned to the Harlem Renaissance High School on E 128th Street.

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4-21-12 New York Cares Day

Today was the annual spring New York Cares Day. I was assigned to shoot at Marcus Garvey Park.  This is a park in the heart of Harlem. 10 years ago it was not a place where falling asleep on a park bench was advised.  Since then the community rallied around it and it is now one of the nicest “small” parks in Manhattan.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t need love and some extra help. Lots of volunteers from lots of different organizations came out to paint, weed, collect trash, and in general spruce up.

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10-15-11 “I love this town!”*

Today was a real NYC day.

Started off as a volunteer photographer for New York Cares Day, a day that benefits the public schools.  New York Cares is the largest volunteer organization in NYC, they run programs for over 1200 groups ranging from schools, to non-profits to city agencies. I spent about three hours shooting at PS 75M…

and then moved on to the river.  I spent several hours on the bike path in a very brisk wind just walking and talking with people and watching the river change.

Came home for a few hours and hung with Gracie (up from Philly) and Katherine and Abigail. Then my friend David and I headed off downtown for the Richard Thompson concert at Town Hall.  As we hit Times Square we walked straight into an Occupy Wall Street demonstration.

Taken with iPhone

Warning Political Diversion ahead…

It hard for me to estimate how many people were participating, given a Saturday night in Times Square with the thousands of tourists, but it was at least 750-1000.  The demonstrators worked very hard at communication with those folks who were passing through.  Despite what certain politicians (Herman Cain: “Don’t blame Wall Street,” Cain said. “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” – to me this sounds the same as telling a robbery victim, hell don’t blame the gang of thieves, blame yourself) – and members of the media would have you believe the OWS folks were all ages, clean, rambunctious, but respectful.  They make some excellent points about the massive economic inequality – oh hell call it what it is class warfare from above – in our country.  To my ears, these folks have a lot more in common with the original Boston Tea Party folks then that group which calls itself the Tea Party.  The difference? Not “No Taxation” but “NO Taxation WITHOUT Representation.

I don’t know who Eric Cantor and his gang represent – well I do – it is those people (as defined by the Supreme Court) known as Multi-national Corporations – but it isn’t anyone I know in any part of the country.

In Less Than A Minute Alan Grayson Explains Occupy Wall Street To The 1 Percent

End of rant…

Richard Thompson is a stunning guitar player, raconteur and performer. With just his guitar and voice he made more sound than many bands and it was cleaner and much crisper. He manages to play both the lead and the harmonics all by himself.  If you enjoy folk rock, a certain type of Celtic blues,  and rock, and want to see a true virtuoso on guitar,  do go see him if you have the chance.

Lousy picture taken with iPhone

*Winston Zeddemore” – Ghostbusters