Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Throwback Thursday: Syracuse’s VW

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Singer/Actor Vanessa Williams at a fashion show produced by Syracuse Unviersity in NYC (circa 2011)

Singer/Actor Vanessa Williams at a fashion show produced by Syracuse University in NYC (circa 2011)

Is it us or does everyone take Vanessa Williams’ vocal ability for granted?

Insider’s Guide to the City Game

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Street Ball: The Love of the Game

Street Ball: The Love of the Game

Pass the rock.

Dribble, dribble, shoot.

Pick & Roll.

Give & Go.

Tighten-up on defense…

Pick-up basketball is part of a universal language that was well-chronicled by Alex Wielgus and Chuck Wolf in the early 80s.  The game is always the game, whether you are in Syracuse, DC, Kansas or Seattle. But there are some places where the game borders on religion. One of those places is New York

Later tonight hoops afficianado and writer Bob Garcia (aka D.J. Bobbito + Cool Bob Love) and Kevin Couliau will screen their film Doin’ It In the Park: Pickup-Basketball, NYC.  This self-funded project is an hour plus documentary on vim, vigor and vitality of NYC hoops.  In many ways the city and the courts and bball culture are the main character of the film, but there are some great interviews with Pee Wee Kirkland, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson,  Smush Parker and also some great vintage footage of the Doctor (Julius Erving) operating on a NYC blacktop as a youngster.
Dave Cain, the Director: He's got game

Dave Cain, the Director: He’s got game

Syracuse’s David Cain, who grew up in Harlem and played at St. John’s, is excited about seeing the film.  He says that there is a unique energy to basketball in New York. He talked about the allure of playing at Rucker Park, near where he grew up during a recent phone interview (listen below).

Dave Cain by SIF

Doin’ It will also be screened later this summer at the ImageNation Outdoor Film Series, which was founded by Syracuse’s Moikgantsi Kama.

I81: A Green Option

Monday, May 30th, 2011
High Line Park, NYC

High Line Park, NYC

The debate on the future of Route I 81 continues.

Last week, I saw High Line Park in New York and found it to be an interesting infusion of green space into the Chelsea neighborhood.

A Desperate Housewife (with Style)

Friday, May 20th, 2011
Vanessa Williams, Icon of Style

Vanessa Williams, Icon of Style

Syracuse University alum, singer, actress and former Miss America Vanessa Williams was presented with the 2011 Icon of Style Award last night at JP Morgan Chase, One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Williams, along with Coach Jim Boeheim, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, attended the event and watched a fashion show featuring the work of 12 students from Syracuse University’s  School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Here are photographs from the previous Icon of Style Award presentation and show we covered a few years ago.

The Three Wiseguys

Friday, December 24th, 2010
Moody McCarthy

Moody McCarthy

Central New Yorker’s turned New York City comics Moody McCarthy and Dan Frigolette came home to the Jazz Central stage last night for two shows.

McCarthy took a satirical view of his alma mater’s mascot (Moody’s a Corcoran alum) and family gift giving, while Frigolette (an SU grad) engaged the crowd about the chances of a Jersey guy picking up women from Manhattan and a comedian’s limitations in hierarchy of show business.

MC for the show was ESM grad Justin Taylor.

 Dan Frigolette

Dan Frigolette

Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

Inspiration

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet and gain insight from two pillars of contemporary photography: Chester Higgins, Jr. and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. I thank Mr. Higgins for meeting me on the way to an editing session and for the gifts.  Earlier during my NYC trip, Greenfield-Sanders suggested an alternative route for my next business venture.  Thanks also to my business advisors Alton Ritter and Marc Mayo for their hospitality.