Images of America: Forest Hills

Forthcoming book with photos of my hometown Forest Hills, a neighborhood in Queens, NY. Some of its notable residents,  some of whom attended my alma mater, Forest Hills HS, have included:

Alan King, Art Buchwald, Art Garfunkel, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), Branch Rickey, Burt Bacharach, Carroll O’Connor, Dale Carnegie, David Caruso, David Krumholtz, Ed Cassidy and Randy California (Spirit), Ernie Grunfeld, Geraldine Ferraro and John Zaccaro, Hank Azaria, Helen Keller, , Jacob Lew, Jerry Springer, Jimmy Breslin, Michael Landon, Paul Simon, Peter Parker (Spiderman), Pia Zadora, Ray Romano, Ronnie Earl, The Ramones, The Vagrants including Leslie West (Mountain), Walter Becker (Steely Dan), and Wilhelm Reich.

Is it dirty

Is it dirty
does it look dirty
that’s what you think of in the city

does it just seem dirty
that’s what you think of in the city
you don’t refuse to breathe do you

someone comes along with a very bad character
he seems attractive. is he really. yes. very
he’s attractive as his character is bad. is it. yes

that’s what you think of in the city
run your finger along your no-moss mind
that’s not a thought that’s soot

and you take a lot of dirt off someone
is the character less bad. no. it improves constantly
you don’t refuse to breathe do you

–Frank O Hara

Cliffnotes to the iPhone reviews

iPhone party

Very useful and properly succinct, in case you are interested.

“The reviews for the iPhone 5 are out. They’re unnecessarily long, in my opinion. Here’s everything you didn’t already learn from the marketing materials, sorted by publication. I read them and if there was something not covered in the marketing materials (tests, informed impressions) I put it in here. If it has been heard before or was hyperbole, I left it out.” (The Wirecutter).

Abandoned Places & Urban Exploring

Urban exploring, abandoned house

“This popular DRB series features the most fascinating abandoned environments around the world, best “urban exploration” adventures and artifacts of technology, left in the most unlikely places. Send us tips and pictures of the places you discovered, we will be happy to add to this collection.” (Dark Roasted Blend)