Monthly Archives: June 2012

ROCKAWAY BEACH – A new book by Vivian Rattay Carter from Arcadia Books “Images of America” Series

I want to thank Vivian Rattay Carter for her permission to use her wonderful photograph of a beautiful sunrise on the Rockaway Boardwalk for my video about Playland.  The Rockaway’s are a place of continual change. There is the past, the present and the future in all things. Her extraordinary photograph is of the present, where life is going on now. She continually captivates the Rockaway’s in it’s continuous cycles of blossoming. In her new book “Rockaway Beach” from Arcadia Books “Images of America” series she takes us to the past and shares with us much that we have not known before. Through people like Vivian Carter who captures the ever changing peninsula of the Rockaway’s, we will find the future of this extraordinary place. For once you have been to the Rockaway’s, it never leaves you. Please visit her fabulous blog, Oy Vey Rockaway to buy your signed copy.

 The publisher Arcadia Books website says about the author:

Vivian Rattay Carter is a columnist for Rockaway’s The Wave newspaper and publishes a local events website, Oy Vey Rockaway. A lawyer and civic activist, she has served on the board of directors of the Rockaway Civic Association and as a lay leader of the First Congregational Church, whose earliest members included many of the pioneers of Rockaway Beach.


The Rediscovery of the Photographs of New York by Eugene de Salignac

Read the book and find out how this great man was forgotten and how he has been rediscovered. This is only a small sample of this mans work.

The photos here and on my online archive are courtesy from the following book:






New Artwork by my Life Partner Andrew Reach – Dance of the Broken Parts

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Andrew’s newest artwork is somewhat of a departure for him and I wanted to share it with you. He’s created it in two irregular shaped canvas panels. Each panel will be mounted on concealed slides. The parts can be slid together to complete the work and make it whole or it can be split apart. It’s a metaphor for his body.

Each canvas panel is approximately 65 inches high by 55 inches wide.

This piece was created with the intention for it to become a work of public art. It is part of his mission to bring more awareness to the importance of the arts in healthcare. We hope to see this art in the new Medical Mart currently under construction in Cleveland. They have already visited our home to see his work and he created this work specifically with the Medical Mart in mind. The Medical Mart is owned and operated by the same company as the iconic Merchandise Mart in Chicago which opened in 1930.

Andrew’s blog says about the work:
Dance of the Broken Parts 
is about the reparative power of art to promote wellness and heal.  In this work, all the parts are distorted and in tension both in shape and color with the other parts and the edges are jagged. The spheres enshrouded by mesh represent organs. Other elements represent moving parts.  Disease or Dis-Ease is when working parts are askew, not at ease, and thus don’t work properly. My “Whimsies” are at play among these parts. They represent the opposite of Dis-Ease; Ease and that’s what art can bring. Although all the parts are seemingly at odds which each other, when put together all the parts make sense and work to make the composition whole.

To see more of his work visit his website

Playland & Summers In Rockaway – Music by Martha Reeves, Sam Cooke, Bobby Darin & Percy Faith

“Dancing in Streets” by Martha & the Vandellas
“Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke
“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
“Theme to a Summer Place” by the Percy Faith Orchestra