Category Archives: my favorite places

“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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The Echoing Green

    Central Park, April 10, 2017 photo by Roger W. Smith       The sun does arise, And make happy the skies. The merry bells ring To welcome the Spring. The sky-lark and thrush, The birds of the … Continue reading

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Central Park

                  Yesterday was a beautiful late summer day. Central Park was uncrowded, quiet, and peaceful. Whole parts of it were virtually empty. It’s hard to believe that you are in the midst … Continue reading

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My Manhattan

    Now I am curious what sight can ever be more stately and admirable to me than my mast-hemmed Manhatta   Walt Whitman   ****************************************     photographs by Roger W. Smith      

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New York Public Library

    Below are photographs by Roger W. Smith of the main research library, New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, New York, NY.     *****************************************************     A wonderful place … Continue reading

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42nd Street in the rain

I took this photo in April 2016 on 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Manhattan is a wonderful place. The New York Public Library — a surprisingly uncrowded, peaceful facility that invites study and scholarship, that welcomes and affords … Continue reading

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Paris

    A day trip to Paris and back that I made on Monday, June 6, 2016 with my friend Patrice Petillot was a memorable one. I feel the urge to write about it and to share some of my … Continue reading

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