My First 2014 Halloween Shots Around the Neighborhood

October 24th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Halloween decorations are starting to appear! Yay! I love my neighborhood (the West Village). People are so creative. I should do something. I have a fire escape in front of my window. Few people would look up and see it, but still. Hmmm.

Halloween Decorations, Greenwich Village, New York City, 2014

This one is pretty creepy.

Halloween Decorations, Greenwich Village, New York City, 2014

This skeleton was actually at the same place as the hand above. Oh my god! Do you see the spider on the pumpkin?? That is the scariest part!

Halloween Decorations, Greenwich Village, New York City, 2014

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The Stop Mass Incarceration Network Protest

October 23rd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Yesterday I passed by a protest organized by a group called The Stop Mass Incarceration Network. From their website:

“The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is building a movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; and the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; and to support the rights of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. We call on all to join us.”

These movements are so necessary. The system is unfair. As far as I know, and there must be statistics, whites do as much drugs as blacks, why aren’t they jailed to the same extent? The repercussions from white collar crime are certainly more far reaching and devastating, why don’t the police throw them against cars or the street, and drag them off to jail?

There were a lot of names on this poster that these women were carrying.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Protest, New York City., October 22, 2014

The Stop Mass Incarceration Protest, New York City., October 22, 2014

The Stop Mass Incarceration Protest, New York City., October 22, 2014

The Stop Mass Incarceration Protest, New York City., October 22, 2014

I didn’t see whether or not this soldier took the card this woman was offering.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Protest, New York City., October 22, 2014

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Canada, We’re Thinking of You

October 22nd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

In case you don’t know, our news channels (and Twitter and everywhere else) are all focused on the shootings that took place today. I just saw the picture of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier killed while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Oh man. Heart breaking. Now I’m reading that this is the second attack on soldiers in the past few days. Why Canada, for the love of God. What countries has Canada invaded?? Fucking insane people. This guy?? This guy was your enemy??

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

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Halloween Decorations

October 22nd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

They should start showing up all over the place now, except not today, we’re having a monsoon. Halloween is a week from Friday! I passed this window by on my way home from choir practice last night. I love the hands. Let me out!

Halloween Window, Greenwich Village, New York City, 2014

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A Day of Research at the New York Public Library

October 21st, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Nothing makes me happier than to spend a day with archives and collections. I was exploring the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library this summer. (Thank you very much, Thomas Lannon and Tal Nadan.) Among other things, I went through some of the Francis J. Schneider records of marriages, who “was known as the ‘marrying parson’ for the nearly 20,000 marriages he performed from 1869 to 1906.”

Apparently he’d marry anyone, no questions asked, so I was looking to see who’d pop up, like an interracial marriage perhaps. I’ve only looked at a few volumes so far, but I saw that it was pretty rare for a man to marry someone older in those days, and maybe the only reason this guy did was because his profession (undertaker) may have made it harder to attract a spouse? But of course he could have been marrying for love! Notice how they have a space to list the profession for the man but not the woman.

Rev. Francis J. Schneider Marriage Records, New York Public Library

The shot below is of the diary of Elizabeth DeHart Bleecker, aka Mrs. Alexander L. McDonald, and the entries go from January 1, 1799 to January 11, 1806. There’s a description of the shooting and subsequent funeral of Alexander Hamilton. “Thursday, July 12th, A Fine day — General Hamilton is still alive, but no hope of his recovery … about 2 o’clock the great Hamilton died.” There’s more but I’m having a hard time with her handwriting (always a problem with these things).

(The collections at the New York Public Library are IMMENSE, you might start here. I always like to to look at the list of what they’ve recently added.)

The Diary of Elizabeth DeHart Bleecker

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