Urban Art

New Yorkers are an expressive lot, and they don't always confine their efforts to the typical media.

When I was eight we moved from the old walk-up on 106th Street to a newly constructed building on West 97th. No more ancient fire escape; this apartment came with a 36 foot terrace. Said terrace was industrial grey, which immediately displeased my Italian grandma.

"Franzee Franzee go outside and draw some bella fiori on the floor - roses."

What fun it was to paint giant red and yellow roses, with a pathway lined with muli-colored daisies. The terrace floor stayed just that way until Grandma left that apartment for the last time in 2003. Though faded my thirty-four year old fiori were still quite visible.

Since 2000 I have photographed quite a bit of what I like to call Urban Art.

Here's a few bits from my personal album.

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Truck - Union Square

Lower East Side Eye 02

East Village Wall Art

Red Shoe - Soho

Red Shoe II - Soho


Trendy Trash

"running between the raindrops" - nyc on a rainy afternoon

So Sunday past I hit the streets for a photostroll. Within a few minutes it was pouring. Undaunted this daytripper popped open her bumbershoot and started shooting.

The title "running between the raindrops" is something my dad used to say all the time.

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classic and modern

Grand Central Station (left), Penn Station (right)


street performer and abstract lights
Popinjay - a concept photography challenge. This week's theme is: Alive
At left, Frances - "music makes me feel"
 At right, Lissa - going with the meaning of alive - "full of activity or animation" - it's a shot of street lights

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a day on the brooklyn bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, January 04, 2010 (photo by lissa / click on image to see larger view)

a stroll through chinatown

Chinatown, New York, December 22, 2009 / lissa (click on image to see a larger view)


a memorial at Marble Collegiate Church (left)
labels with names who was lost on September 11, found inside 14th Street Union Square train station (right)

waiting to begin again

frances | lissa

Happy 2010!

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Just saying it, "Twenty Ten," makes me feel good. I spent part of New Years Day strolling around town camera in hand. The city was quiet. Quite a few folks were off, and the weather was nice, so many of us were downtown to see who was open.

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Not every store was, but the ones that were had some amazing clearance sales. Believe me I took advantage of ever buy one get one free, buy two and get two free & coupon I could get my hands on. But of course I left one hand free for shooting.

After shopping I strolled down to Madison Square Park where everything is not quite so green anymore. Faded flowers and bare branches don't make me sad; after all it's the natural order of things. The same for holiday decorations that have served their purpose.

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When I started to take the photo of the bench there was an adorable squirrel sitting on the corner of it. As usual when I pressed the shutter button...

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I was so persistant, that he decided to be a sport.

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Lissa and I are already working on photos for upcoming posts. I am really looking forward to working with her, and sharing with all of you.

May all your dreams come true.