City Diary

Washington Heights Diary

I hope my watercolor teacher, the great master Tim Clark, is reading this. After two years of struggle I am finally beginning to wrap my brain around color theory, and catch on to basic principles of watercolor. For this post I am publishing my sketchbook for


End of an Era: Pearl Paint Closes

Last week was a sad one for those who follow disappearing Manhattan landmarks. The closure of three stores was announced – places which to many people make the fabric of New York City memories.  They include J&R Music down by City Hall, Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street,


More Snow in Manhattan!

As the sixth storm of the season dumps more snow on the northeast, most of us are getting a little tired of looking at it. Two of the storms came as arctic blasts and introduced new verbiage in the form of the ‘polar vortex’ to our daily


Footnote to the 2004 Republican National Convention

Last week a news item inspired me to go into my old proof sheets and scan black & white negatives shot with my Nikon camera a decade ago. Nearly 10 years after New York City hosted the 2004 Republican National Convention, the city agreed to pay $18 million to


Manhattan Commuters in Watercolor

Over the past few years I’ve been exploring the medium of watercolor. The first choice that an artist has to make after buying paints and brushes is to decide on subject matter. I found a quite convenient visual topic to explore is the streets of Manhattan,


Tragedy at 5 POINTZ

This past weekend I bicycled across the Queensboro Bridge to photograph 5 POINTZ, the dilapidated factory building covered with graffiti. I had just learned that a federal judge denied a request for an injunction to block demolition of this building to make way for a glass walled


Signs of Old New York: Part One

This is the first installment of my visual journal of changing New York City. The 12 year administration of Mayor Bloomberg ushered in many benefits including the High Line and the end of smoke-filled restaurants, but a development boom erased many signs of the City’s storied and


The Masks of Manhattan

I’ve always had a fascination with the masks we wear, in daily living and cultural extravaganzas. I recently posted photos of festival masks from a remote location in the Peruvian Andes, and decided to contrast that with a post featuring masks from Manhattan. It was far


Sukkot at the Sages

One of my artistic influences is a man named Leon Israel. Born in 1887, he came from Pinsk, Russia in 1905 and made a living drawing cartoons for the Jewish Daily Forward. His sketches were published in a book entitled The East Side in Pictures, which


Jubilation and Aging Hippies in Times Square

As it became clear that Obama was going to win the Presidential race, I grabbed my camera and headed to Times Square to photograph the celebrating crowds. To my delighted surprise I ran into an old friend – an aging left wing activist and hippie named


Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.