Monday, November 23, 2015


         I love the creativity and diversity found in the many thousands of small
         businesses that still make up a huge part of the economic backbone of



E. Williamsburg



Bed Stuy, Brooklyn


Sunset Park

Coney Island

Staten Island

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 16, 2015


Last week, I was biking down from Washington Heights and noticed an unusual array of signs and stores that at first seemed like an unreal cluster of vintage NYC authenticity. Of course it was, unreal that is, and I soon learned that the whole block had been made over as a replica of late 1970’s Times Square for a TV movie called, “the Deuce”, an early reference to 42nd Street. 

I met a few crew members who were moving replicas of IRT Subway signs and getting ready for the night shoot. Their next task was to
empty many dozens of trash bags for authentic period decor. 

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 9, 2015


I can’t seem to shake my fascination with the
ongoing NYC pose-a-palooza ...

aliens in Willyburg...


kicking out the jams on the Brooklyn Bridge

Mom get's the shot of friendly technicolor rats in Times Square

first selfie stick observed

and later on Coney Island

also at Coney Island

except in pix

at the Met

getting intimate with the art at Coney Island Art Walls

and lastly, a souvenir selfie portrait with a NYC turd

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 2, 2015


          I sometimes wonder what travelers to NYC who were unaware
          of the transformational national holiday of Halloween, might 
          make of it.

sugared out kid takes a break

blue sharks cruise the East Village

God bless the kid with a home made costume

checking the loot with little bro

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, October 26, 2015


Over the past few years, when passing through Times Square, I always pause to watch the worlds biggest selfie in action.  A huge billboard screen (with various commercial enticements) also contains a lens focused on a modest plot of space at the "crossroads of the world”. As groups of tourists anxiously await their moment to see and be seen, the big screen interrupts the commercial to present a wide view of the audience below. They immediately explode into smiles, laughter, waves and the ubiquitous snapping of photos.  I love watching this small ritual of unadulterated joy.

the anticipation...

the joy...

the huge, 40x60ft. interactive billboard

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, October 19, 2015


                              some recent selections from the vertical pie...

Staten Island

Chelsea flea


Bed Stuy


Evolution Chinatown

"Uni-colonel" on Broadway

and a lazy Sunday in Columbus Circle

all photos ©Ken Brown