Tag Archive | broadway

National Read A Road Map Day

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Another day worth celebrating–I love maps.  Useful, yet full of abstract and often mysterious beauty.

A few years ago I did a stitched map Sketchbook Project of Main Streets based on Google Maps.  Google Maps are a mainstay of any traveling I do into unfamiliar territory.  That softball field in Queens?  It’s right there, along with the nearest subway stop.

There actually is a Main Street in NYC, and I stitched it (above right), but it’s on Roosevelt Island, the entirety of which has always seemed to me to be superimposed onto the five boroughs.  The Real Main Street of New York City?  For almost 40 years, I’ve lived on or steps from Broadway, which travels from the bottom of Manhattan to the Bronx and 18 miles north to Sleepy Hollow.

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That’s my Main Street.

They’re digging up Broadway
at night the clatter of wheels over metal plates
provides a rhythmic accompaniment to music from car stereos
double-parked outside the 24-hour deli on the corner

Sunday mornings the finery of congregants mingles with
the dog walkers
and the finery of the refugees from Saturday night

Headlines announcing Politics As Usual
step into the street dance
the Daily News of space and Times

“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…”
blinking red hand
“They say there’s always magic in the air…”
neon green walk

crossing Broadway

Lyrics borrowed from “On Broadway” by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  (The Drifters, 1963)

Thanks to Charlie at Doodlewash for inviting everyone to share his “month of days”.

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Birds on Broadway

Rusty Blackbird by Taylor McKimens

Rusty Blackbird by Taylor McKimens

One day last fall I’m walking down Broadway and I see someone painting on one of those metal gates that come down over stores when closed.  It’s a bird…I think it’s a crow…cool!! A photographer with tripod is nearby.  An art project?

Wild Turkey by N. Soala

Wild Turkey by N. Soala

A few days later in the NY Times:  a photo of the bird, the painter, and an explanation.

Mallard by Graham Preston

Mallard by Graham Preston

After reading about the National Audubon Society’s “Birds and Climate Change Report”, Avi Gitler, Hamilton Heights gallery owner (Gitler &_____ Gallery), was inspired to commission a series of murals depicting some of Audubon’s birds.

Bald Eagle by Peter Daverington

Bald Eagle by Peter Daverington

Painted on security gates and buildings on the west side of Broadway between 149th and 150th streets, they add life and color to the neighborhood, as well as hopefully increasing awareness of how climate change is reducing and altering habitats for birds (and–once again I might add–for humans).

Tundra Swan by Boy Kong

Tundra Swan by Boy Kong

It is also a fitting tribute to John James Audubon, the bird artist, who once lived in the area, and is buried in Trinity Cemetery.

Audubon with Cerulean Warbler by Tom Sanford

Audubon with Cerulean Warbler by Tom Sanford

http://www.audubon.org/news/introducing-audubon-mural-project
http://gitlerand.com/
http://www.audubon.org/

Common Loon by Kristian Glynn

Common Loon by Kristian Glynn

You can see my post on Trinity Cemetery here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/halloween-countdown-trinity-cemetery/

Vulture

Vulture

and the rest of the “Endangered Species” series here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/painting/endangered-species/

Rusty Blackbird #2

Rusty Blackbird #2

Buddha on Broadway

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Also seen on Broadway this weekend:

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