Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sundays for Murphy

A Sunday spent canvassing near Troy, New York, on roads such as Auclair Way, top, ended at the Country View Diner where the Democratic candidate for New York's 20th Congressional District, Scott Murphy, bottom left, joined forces on the campaign trail with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the seat that she vacated in January. The special election, which pits Murphy against Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, will be held Tuesday, March 31st.

The race has taken the district from relative obscurity to national prominence as politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle have treated the contest as a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies to date, including his handling of the nation's economic recovery. Murphy has battled back from 12 points behind in the polls to take a lead of 4 percentage points in a poll released on Friday by Siena College. Each candidate has raised more than $1 million to supplement the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by national political action committees and party campaign committees on the race.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fire on Avenue B

Fire Department of New York Battallion Chief Clifford calls in instructions as firefighters battle a blaze on Avenue B between East 2nd and 3rd Streets Thursday afternoon.

A firefighter breaks the window of the apartment in which the blaze originated.

The blaze at 28 Avenue B started a little before 2 p.m. on Thursday and was under control within minutes of fire personnel arriving on the scene.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Parade on a Fine Day

A member of the Amityville, New York, American Legion Pipe Band laughs in the staging area on 45th Street before the start of the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Tuesday.

A little drumming practice before heading up Fifth Avenue.

With the size of the parade, one would assume that any and all law enforcement are Irish or simply enjoy marching in parades.

Patch Adams makes a brief stop at 49th and Fifth.

A quick check-in to tithe at St. Patrick's Cathedral on 51st and Fifth.

He was wondering where all his buddies were to take his picture with the drunken Marymount College girls.

Where do these guys come from? I saw more handlebar mustaches today than I've seen in 9 months in New York.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The East Village-Inspired Portfolio

A man, whose name I did not get, gazes down 23rd Street.

A garbage can outside of Stromboli Pizza on St. Marks and 1st Avenue.

This color combination reminds us all of the movie "The Sixth Sense." Foreboding, patterned.

The doorway to Dolphin Gym on 2nd Street and Avenue B.

Reminds me of the grittiness of early James Nachtwey...if Nachtwey covered 1st graders from PS 364, Sixth Street and Avenue B.