Sunday, December 23, 2012
New York Scene
I snapped this picture last night driving down Jamaica Avenue in Queens, New York. I was attracted to the bright holiday lights, contrasting with the dark urban environment. The scene is, I believe, visually arresting. Do you like it?
I was returning home from an evening with friends at a historic bar, Neir's Tavern. A small, overlooked establishment, Neir's Tavern is 180 years old. Really. It opened in 1829 and has been serving liquor ever since, even through Prohibition.
Mae West performed for the first time at Neir's. W.C. Fields used to drink there. The movie "Goodfellas" shot scenes there.
Historic places appeal to me, especially when you sense their age. Touching the walls at Neir's gave me goosebumps. It was like when I visited Sun Studio in Memphis and stood on the same worn floor-tiles that Elvis, Johnny Cash and other legends inhabited during their early recording days.
Have you ever been to a place that felt historic?