Category Archives: my city and neighborhood

an island … a city surrounded by WATER

                  photographs by Roger W. Smith       *****************************************************     The photographs posted here above were all taken by me within the past few months in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, … Continue reading

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a Carnegie Hall concert

    I attended a concert yesterday evening at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. It began with Beethoven’s symphony No. 1. I felt like I was lifted off the floor. An experience not unlike what Walt Whitman describes in Leaves of … Continue reading

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epiphany II

    The following is an email of mine.   — Roger W. Smith    September 28, 2017     *****************************************************     Janet and Scott —   In my blog post “epiphany”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/08/23/epiphany/   from a month or … Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue, Wednesday afternoon (where are the cars?)

          I took the above photo yesterday (September 20, 2017) on Fifth Avenue at 1:40 p.m. The photo was taken on a Wednesday afternoon on the avenue near 45th Street. In other words, in the heart … Continue reading

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“3rd Ave. El”

    My good friend William S. (Bill) Dalzell, who introduced me to art films, recently called my attention to a film he loved from his early days in New York City in the 1950’s: 3rd Ave. El, directed by Carson … Continue reading

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epiphany

    Scott and Janet —   It’s almost 7:30 p.m. The library is about to close, and I’m heading uptown on Lexington Avenue to 47th Street. It was another beautiful day. I love summer evenings. I’ve been having a … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman on Manhattan (plus my own impressions and thoughts)

    MANNAHATTA.   I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city, Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name. Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane, unruly, musical, self-sufficient, I see that … Continue reading

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