NEW YORK, NEW YORK – In the late afternoon I took a walk Riverside Boulevard, the extension of Riverside Drive south from 72nd Street. The street may actually be called Trump Place between 66th Street and 70th Street. I was attracted by an article in the New York Times to the effect that the American Institute of Architects has designated the buildings along here as the 6th ugliest buildings in New York. What I found is that the southern extension of Riverside Park is now mostly completed, and is sensational. I’ll be back there. But for today the entrance to one of the buildings, 100 Riverside Boulevard, not one of the Trump buildings.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – It’s possible to walk most of the way around Manhattan on the water. This is a relatively recent development = there are gaps (for example on the East side in the 50s) but construction continues. To an important extent this relieves the sense the Manhattan is cut off from the water by major highways (the Westside Highway and the FDR Drive). Anyway, here we are on the East River in the 60s.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A truly beastly day. We’re suffering under a record heat wave in the Northeast. I sought refuge in the shade of the plaza of Lever House and shot passers by against the backdrop of Hello Kitty. Not a good day to be outdoors.
NEW MILFORD, CONNECTICUT – I decided to drive back to New York early. The light in New Milford was interesting so I stopped to photograph. One of the grandest buildings on the green of this slightly troubled town is the Lillis Funeral Home. Here’s a link to the iMortuary entry for Lillis: Lillis Funeral Home.
The Lillis’s are evidently a prominent New Milford family. A Google search identifies a Deputy Chief of Police named Lillis; the town has a Lillis Road; the school board was housed in the Lillis Building which is now apparently abandoned.
I’m going to go out of my way to collect mortuaries over the next few months.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Well here I am in Warren for the Fourth of July. A quick personal inventory: Maria, my wife, is in Capri at a literary festival (no kidding); our son, Alexander is in Puerto Rico on vacation proposing to his girlfriend (she said “yes” so she’s now his fiance); our daughter is in Southampton with an old friend of hers. So I’m here by myself doing the lonely guy thing. After the excitement of Ecuador this seems dull. I picked up a different camera hoping for inspiration – not much came of it.
NEW MILFORD CONNECTICUT – I went to Clamps, a roadside burger stand on route 202, for a burger for lunch, arriving just before the 2:00 PM closing, in time to place an order. By the time that I got my wits together to reach for camera the closed sign had gone up.
Clamps is a dying breed: a roadside hamburger stand that’s seasonal, has limited hours and isn’t part of a chain. The following is from Roadfood: “The business card of Clamp’s Hamburger stand says, NO SIGN, NO ADDRESS, NO PHONE, JUST GOOD FOOD. In fact, there is a sign about the size of a license plate on the side of the wood-frame hut: “Clamp’s Est. 1939.” Despite the lack of a billboard and a street address, you will have no trouble finding this place because there are cars and people crowded around any time it’s open … which is late April to early September every day from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm.
“Edwin and Sylvia Clamp started the business sixty-six years ago, and now their great-nephew, Tom Mendell, is the boss. Tom told us that since 1939 Clamp’s has never advertised and never had a phone (and therefore was never in the phone book), and while it did have a prominent sign, when the sign blew down in a windstorm back in the 1960s, it was not replaced.”