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Day 340: Postcards from Havemeyer Street.

Séb has met my entire family, passed by where I grew up in Chelsea, has experienced about ten of my grandfather's Italian dinner prayers (both the abridged and extended versions), and helped me clean out my mom's garage where he found a box of horrifying photos of me from high school. I figured for his last day in town, I'd take him around my old neighborhood of Southside Williamsburg, to finish off his East Coast Ella Tour 2012.

Getting off at the Marcy stop of the J/M/Z train, it was as if nothing had changed. I could almost feel the ghost of my former self walking these streets, going to work, getting my blowouts at the boricua salon on South 3rd, and groggily picking up my morning coffee at the Italian café, Atlas. I was pleased to see my "boys" who passed their days on the stoop of my old apartment building were still there, and to my surprise, they remembered me and gave me a round of hugs to welcome me back! How sweet was that? Séb was totally impressed with my street cred. I'm so down.

I loved my "burg" days. It kept me grounded while working in the glitzy, superficial world of high fashion. Something about passing the Marcy Projects every morning kept it real, where I didn't let the drama of things like the "fall collection" change my perspective. It was nice to see that the neighborhood has developed a bit, but it's still an even mix of hipsters, Hasidics and the locals who haven't been shoved out due to the highrises and gentrification.

To think, I came from Southside Williamsburg to La Motte-Picquet within a month. What a surreal change of scenery!  


Here are some shots* from my beloved Havemeyer Street.

My former "chez moi".
The Havemeyer Flats. 
So fancy.

Jack's "Cancellation" Shoes.
What the hell does that even mean?
I asked myself that every morning on my walk to the subway.

Here's one way to recycle an old bathtub. Pretty kitchy, eh?
Séb and I want to bring this idea to Paris!
We just need to find an abandoned tub...no biggie.


Stopping in for a night cap.
A bar so cool it didn't have a name...
No, really. We asked.


A new whiskey bar with a photo of my hero Charles Bukowski 
hovering over the bar. 
The bar's name suddenly made sense...

*Sorry for the watermarks. I was tired of finding my images on Eastern European company websites. While I don't mind sharing, I'd at the very least like to be linked back. Am I shooting for the stars here? 

12 comments:

  1. So New York chic, makes me feel positively provincial!

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  2. Good to see the new whisky bar has continued the brooklyn trend of every place that opens looks like a 1920s speakeasy. i recently read an article at A Nous or whatever that weekly paper is and the whole thing was how the "speakeasy" trend is happening in Paris. Maybe whoever is opening these places should ask for our help.... since we both know it so well. Lovely photos & I'm so excited about your Etsy shop!

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  3. I love your photos Ella & hearing about your NYC childhood! Sounds so cool. :-) I haven't been to this part of Brooklyn, though I lived in Bk for a year. Too bad!
    Congrats on your Etsy page - I love the photos!
    I am going to start water-marking as well.. I've been feeling q bit uncomfortable letting out some of my beloved photos free on the internet.. before when I had 0 readers it was okay..

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    1. Thanks, D!

      Sorry I have been behind of responding to comments. But I'm here now!

      I was going to ask you how you protect your work because you take some good shots as well. At first, I was super against water-marking because anyone who is proficient in Photoshop can definitely edit them out or just crop the photo, but I just figured I'd add one more step if someone is going to take the photos.

      I know there are other tricks with sizing and wrapping, but I haven't had time to look into that. I will ce week-end! I'll let you know which works best because I hate the watermark!

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    2. Hey Ella!

      Well, one thing you can do, sort of like Web quality (fast-loading), is to lower the JPEG quality. On my mac it's from 1 - 12, so for websites (fast loading) I usually set them around 8 or 9, and if you put it on 7 the image will be a lot weaker, still visible, and very hard to use as a print (that AND re-sizing the image to be smaller).

      Right now.. I haven't posted in a while. I have SO many photos, but doing all this turns me off -- just creates more "work". But, I am wanting to exhibit/sell/do professional things with my photography too and I don't want people to be able to use them.. I already re-size them to 900 pixels (longest side) but now will add the watermark... Def keep me posted if you find a better option! I need to look into this too...!

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    3. Hey Ella!

      Well, one thing you can do, sort of like Web quality (fast-loading), is to lower the JPEG quality. On my mac it's from 1 - 12, so for websites (fast loading) I usually set them around 8 or 9, and if you put it on 7 the image will be a lot weaker, still visible, and very hard to use as a print (that AND re-sizing the image to be smaller).

      Right now.. I haven't posted in a while. I have SO many photos, but doing all this turns me off -- just creates more "work". But, I am wanting to exhibit/sell/do professional things with my photography too and I don't want people to be able to use them.. I already re-size them to 900 pixels (longest side) but now will add the watermark... Def keep me posted if you find a better option! I need to look into this too...!

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  4. Candeleria is supposed to have a "secret" bar in the back, but I haven't checked it out yet.

    It's cute to see your old apartment. Maybe when I go back I will take pictures of mine. I think I lived in like ten different places before I left.

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    1. It does! I hear it's great! I've only eaten at the counter and being a quarter Mexican who has lived in LA for several years, I wasn't impressed with the food but I'm sure the bar is as great as everyone says. This seems to be a hotspot for all the Paris bloggers.

      Check it out and tell me what you think! : )

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    2. I was disappointed also. I have finally realized that trying to find good Mexican food in Paris is like eating turkey bacon... totally pointless. But I am going to give this food truck a try....

      http://www.cantinecalifornia.com/

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  5. this is my old neighborhood! used to live on So4th back in the day before it was cool, and you could hear gunshots at night

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    1. When I was there, it was during the gang initiation slashings that were happening at like 8 and 9 am. People were getting slashed on the way to work. That really freaked me out. I think once a week, I got an email from my roommate forwarding some article of the crime there. We were there 2006 - 2009. Was this around your era?

      It's cleaned up a bit but not 100%.

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  6. I moved to France in 2006!

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