*The Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn*

AKA the (now defunct) Parachute Jump on the Boardwalk in CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn, NY.  It’s pretty cool and you’d be surprised at its beginnings.  You can check it out HERE if you’re curious and also check out the STUNNING BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS that show the changing landscape of  Coney Island’s many theme parks.

THE CONEY ISLAND ‘CYCLONE’ CELEBRATES 85 YEARS

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*Hot Dog Stand*

A really big hot dog stand! Built in 1916, this is Nathan’s Famous Original Restaurant in Coney Island, NY.  HERE’S the story!  Oh, by the way,  the hot dogs are delish!

 

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*This guy…..*

…..was walking around Nathan’s taking pictures of everyone but it seems he’s not too thrilled about having his taken!  😦

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*Really Really Red*

 

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*Portrait*

 

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*Night*

 

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*Extreme Close-up*

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*Faces*

These are some of the many faces of Charles Roman, one of the most remarkable people I know. His is one of the featured stories in a new documentary entitled “A Pause in the Holocaust.”  You can find some info about it under Charles’ photos.

I took these photos as he was telling someone the story of his journey from Austria to France to Italy that began when he was 10 and he and his family fled to escape as the Nazi’s began their occupation. His father was sent to Auschwitz and was killed and he and his mother escaped to the French town of Saint-Martin-Vésubie and then crossed the Alps, with others, on foot, to a little town in Italy named Cuneo. He brought a box camera along with him that he had previously received as a gift for his birthday and took photos during his journey.  Some of these photos are the only known ones in existence.  I took photos of his photos and will gladly post them if anyone is interested.  Eventually he came to New York where he started a very successful business which he recently sold.   Charles is 82 & sharp as a tack. His story is incredible and believe it or not, has a bit of humor to it as well.  I would guess that his sense of humor served him well.

An interesting side note…..after going through everything he did and finally getting to the United States, he was drafted and sent to fight in the Korean War! He didn’t even speak English!  Seems they took both citizens and non-citizens then.  Maybe they should consider doing that again.

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A Pause in the Holocaust

In the summer of 1943, thousands of Jewish refugees in Italian-occupied southern France enjoyed a rare respite from persecution, protected by an unusual force: the occupying Italian Army, who temporarily shielded local and foreign Jews despite pressure from the Germans and the French Vichy administration. In one Alpine village, Saint Martin Vesubie, life was, briefly renewed as Jews attended synagogues, schools and cafes, and Yiddish was heard as often as French. With the invasion of Nazi troops in September the lull was broken and most of the Jews were deported. Veteran French filmmaker Andre Waksman, whose family survived the Holocaust in southern France, reconstructs this little known World War II history. Torino Film Festival (Italy) 2010 (France, 2009, 52 min)

If you’d like to know more about this period in history, read  “HOLOCAUST ODYSSEYS: THE JEWS OF SAINT-MARTIN-VESUBIE AND THEIR FLIGHT THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY” by Dr. Susan Zuccotti    Quite a bit of Charles’ and his mother’s story is in it.


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*Beach Scenes*


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*Seaside*

Seaside at Gurney’s Inn, Montauk, Long Island (NY)

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*Nautical*

Montauk Point Lighthouse, Montauk, Long Island, NY. Commissioned by George Washington~Constructed in 1796~First lightouse in New York State

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*Strange*


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*Musically Inclined*

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*Lacy*

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*Leading Lines Redux*


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*Leading Lines*

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*In Shadow*

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*Depth of Field*

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*Remember Me?*

I was posting this as a reminder of what’s around the corner (just in case you might have forgotten : )) when I noticed something in the sky near the bridge.  I think it’s an eagle!  I hadn’t noticed that before!

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*Advertisement*

This was WAY to funny not to share!

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*Ground Level*

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*Sunshine & Summertime*

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*Glittering*

Can you see what’s glittering?  : )  That large building on the left is RIVERSIDE CHURCH IN (HARLEM) NEW YORK CITY. I think it’s more like a cathedral, the inside is magnificent! Click HERE for the Official Church site.

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*Tiny*

I took this with a 60mm macro lens AND I could not have gotten any closer!  It was teeny tiny.

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*Juvenile*

We found this little guy (a juvenile robin) hanging out in the garden.  He stayed for quite awhile, napping while on the ground.  I hope he wasn’t ill and that mom came and scooched him along.  He wasn’t there last time I checked.

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Edit: I’m sorry to report that this little guy didn’t make it.  : (

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*Trio*

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*The City*

…aka New York.  Maybe it’s because we’re right across the Hudson River from NY, but everyone has always referred to it as “The City.”  As in, “What are you doing tomorrow?  We’re going into The City.” Here it is just as sunset is beginning.  Please enlarge to see the detail.

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*Panorama*

From June…..

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*Flags*

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*Fragile*

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*Vegetable*

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*Red*

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*Movement*

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*Patriotic*

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*Embellished*

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*The Sporting Life*

From May…

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*Green*


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*Sky*

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*Farmer’s Market*

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*The Great Outdoors*

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*Portrait*

From the May theme list….

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*Lily*


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*Black Redux*

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*Dozen*

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*Vehicle*

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*Shadows II*

 

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*Shadows*

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*Ball*

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*Morning*

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*Black*

I don’t know about other parts of the country/world, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen a black squirrel in New Jersey, or anywhere else for that matter.

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