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Sunday, January 12, 2014

I Can Sit At the Counter

On February 1, 1960 Franklin McCain Sr., with Ezell Blair, Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), Joseph McNeil and David Richmond walked downtown and “sat - in” at the whites–only lunch counter at Woolworth’s. They would refuse to leave when they were denied service, their expectations were fully achieved, service was denied.  They went back day after day and the word spread.  On July 25th, Woolworth made the counter available to everyone. Read More

Although there were other sit-ins, this one made a great impact, inspiring other college student and youths.  Getting the attention of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the most effective civil rights groups, was born in Southern Black colleges.   They were powerful beyond their own realization.  

January 9, 2014 Mr. McCain Sr, made his transition and today I went to a minority owned restaurant and sat-in, because I could.


Monday, December 23, 2013

My Annual Christmas Walk 2013

New York City has a rich history with their Christmas windows.  I can't remember when I didn't go down 5th Ave in December and enjoyed the animated figures accompanied with music.  Christmas window display has a rich history and blossomed from the late 1800's (check out The History of Department Store Holiday Window Display).  

For the past 2 years I have taken photos and created a slide show of my walk. I thought would do the walk in a few days, starting out at Union Square to see the ABC Home and Carpet, then take the other part of the walk, another day. But I was motivated by the Holiday Season.  I did the whole ride, from Union Square to 34th Street then all the way to up Bloomingdales at 60th Street and Lexington Ave.  

At the end of the day, my legs were killing me, my back hurt and I had over 800 photos.....Thank God for the digital age.

Here is my Christmas in NY 2013 video.......well edited. 

on Vimeo

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Shoebox of Memories

I have looked at this shoebox of super 8 film for years and with a broken projector, had no way seeing these memories again.....until now.  There are services that will turn your old film into a DVD along with music, but that meant the service would have control over the images.  The editing process is the fun and they don't know my people or my story.

Dijifi, is an absolute God send, I had been searching for a company that would take my film and make a digital format for me to be able to edit the way I want to.  They take your film, turn it into a digital format (they give you some choices depending on your project).  When it's done, all is transferred to your laptop or external hard drive.  

I grew up here in Lindsay Park, which was built in 1964.  2014 will be it's 50th year.  This film highlights a day in the Pool #1 (Lindsay has 3).  Below is the page from a brochure about the pool, which is hilarious, because I remember the promise of Ice Skating in the winter.  That never happened.

This is the first of many (remember I have a shoe box filled to the rim).

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Where People Work/ La Finca

La Finca is like one of those old fashioned grocery stores.  All that's missing is the sawdust on the floor (which was used to soak up the wet droppings and make sweeping easier).  La Finca is located on 39 Debevoise Street (off of Graham Ave) and I think a gem in the hood of Williamsburg.  

I was in there the day before Thanksgiving and even though it was a bit more crowded than usual, it was not crazy.  This grocery store caters to a Latin pallid and you may find spices and brands less familiar, but what a treat to find and try something new.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank-ful for Pie

It's not even my favorite pie (pecan is), but it is a close second.  Sweet Potato Pie is the unsung holiday pie and I set out to search for the best in New York City.  Although my search (for now) has only rendered 3 video, my sweet journey is not over, there are more pies to taste, test, and enjoy.  
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Little Known Sweet Potato Pie History [source Black American]
During the sixteenth century, Brits from Europe brought the tradition of making pumpkin pies for dessert to West Africa. The tradition was soon brought to America during slavery, where the African slaves transformed the dessert into something sweeter using yams, then sweet potatoes. Coincidentally, yams and black-eyed peas was a common food slaves were fed during the Middle Passage. 

The name of the food was inconsistent at first, because the yam and sweet potato come from two different types of plants. The word yam in African dialects was either “Oyame or Yam Yam” or a few other terms with a few other meanings. Yams are monocots from the Dioscorea family. Sweet potatoes are from the Morning Glory plant family. 

Sweet potato pie recipes made a cookbook debut in the 18th century. In the late part of the 19th century, Fannie Famer featured a recipe for glazed sweet potatoes in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Soon after, inventor George Washington Carver began to find various uses for the sweet potato, including in a candied version. He released over 100 uses for the vegetable.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Where People Work: Settepani Bakery

I needed a break today, so I stopped by Settepani Bakery in Brooklyn (602 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY (718) 349-6524).  Sometimes a little self indulgence, is just what the doctor ordered and Settepani is the place to pick up your medicine.  The pastries are a triple D threat, delicious, divine, and decadent.  However, if you are on a diet, keep it moving, it will set you back a few thousand calories. Settepani Bakery

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Where People Work: Shevon Gant

Shevon Gant is a Ceramic artist who works out of a studio in Brooklyn, where she fills the shelves with creative clay creations.  Fill your home with any one of her originals and make everyday extraordinary.

Where to find Shevon:
449 Nostrand Ave 
Brooklyn, NY

Mug and Teapot available at Dahlia's Cafe

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's That Time of Year Again

One of my favorite things in fall is the Bedford Stuyvesant House Tour.

This is its 35th year and every year the homes are more and more magnificent.  I usually come home filled with ideas (that I can't afford to do), but I make a determined list always.  I can't wait.

Saturday October 19th, 2013
11am - 4pm
Rain or Shine
$20 in advance
$25 day of tour 
Purchase Tickets at these locations

It is advisable to purchase advanced
tickets; recent tours have sold out to
over 1,000 patrons.
Brooklyn Swirl
445 Marcus Garvey Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 915-1949
Open every day 1pm to 10pm
Sista’s Place
456 Nostrand Avenue at Je fferson
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 398-1766
M-F: 1pm to 5pm 
Bed-Vyne Wine
370 Tompkins Avenue at Putnam
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 915-1080
M-F: 3pm to 10pm; Sat: 12pm
to 10pm; Sun: 12pm to 7pm
See you on the tour.
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