Archive for the ‘what the hell’ Category

That Yayoi (woman in a window)

July 12, 2012

Renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is in Louis Vuitton’s window at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. She looks real, though her hair purposely doesn’t. (Madame Tussaud’s could learn a few things from this tableau.) Kusama’s currently having a retrospective at the Whitney, and it’s sponsored by a luggage maker with the¬†initials “LV.”


Flip flops in March

March 20, 2012

The temperatures are in the seventies. Fashion-wise, that means wool coats for some and flip flops for others, or a combination of both on the same person. I’m not ready to naked toes (even my own)¬†on the street until May.

American shopping commuter flashback

June 11, 2011

Wow, too much to take in. Any moment, Peter Fonda is going to slide into the image and help the woman turn her bad trip into something beautiful. And everyone else will get safely home on their preferred form of transportation.

Holding a truck

May 16, 2010

Everyone in NY is always schlepping something.

What’s warty, green, & bitter?

April 11, 2010

I can’t take my eyes or hands off these bitter melons. (They feel a little rubbery.) That’s the extent of my curiosity, though, because the taste is described so bitter it’s barely tolerable. Also known as karela (in Hindi) and paria (in Filipino), the vegetable is used in traditional and natural medicine to treat diabetes.

Moment of impact

April 8, 2010

The sprinkle-covered cone succumbs to the magnetic pull of the be-denimed man’s mouth as he prepares to hand over cash to the driver. A little strange, I’d say, but yesterday, with temperatures in the 90’s, wasn’t normal.

Strange picture (coffee counter)

February 19, 2010

A good photographer knows what will happen when the shutter is snapped. For the rest of us, there’s more mystery involved. I’m still trying to figure out what is going on in this picture. People are having coffee at a counter; that’s about all I know.

The midtown yeti

November 17, 2009

Rarely seen, often talked about, almost never captured on film, the midtown yeti (also called the Manhattan sasquatch) is an urban legend. I’m honored to have taken this picture on a recent rainy day. Don’t be surprised if someone pays me big bucks and I disappear on a fancy vacation for a few days.

Fat Elvis impersonator drinks Diet Coke

August 20, 2009

yes, ma'am

Lunchers didn’t notice who was standing next to them! He may be a little diminutive for a Vegas Elvis, but the guy was sporting the requisite white jumpsuit, black wig, and sunglasses. The anniversary of Elvis’ passing, August 16, went by with nary a media mention, though I think I heard the Viva Viagra song/commercial on TV within the past couple weeks.

Found objects: blue rubber glove on Fifth Ave.

August 5, 2009


That’s all there was, a single glove. People on the crowded sidewalk were careful to walk around it.