Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - News on Dr. Levine's medical and consulting practice, and reflections on our healthcare system.

Category: City Diary

End of an Era: Pearl Paint Closes

Last week was a sad one for those who follow disappearing Manhattan landmarks. The closure of three stores was announced – places which to many people make the fabric of New York City memories.  They include J&R Music down by City Hall, Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street, and Pearl Paint on Canal Street. The one that affected me most was Pearl Paint. Years ago after finishing …Read More

More Snow in Manhattan!

As the sixth storm of the season dumps more snow on the northeast, most of us are getting a little tired of looking at it. Two of the storms came as arctic blasts and introduced new verbiage in the form of the ‘polar vortex’ to our daily lives.  But life goes on in Manhattan as plunging temperatures, biting winds, and falling snow add an element of quiet …Read More

Footnote to the 2004 Republican National Convention

Last week a news item inspired me to go into my old proof sheets and scan black & white negatives shot with my Nikon camera a decade ago. Nearly 10 years after New York City hosted the 2004 Republican National Convention, the city agreed to pay $18 million to settle lawsuits by people claiming they were wrongly arrested during the event. Protestors sued for false arrest, punitive detention, …Read More

Tragedy at 5 POINTZ

This past weekend I bicycled across the Queensboro Bridge to photograph 5 POINTZ, the dilapidated factory building covered with graffiti. I had just learned that a federal judge denied a request for an injunction to block demolition of this building to make way for a glass walled tower of condos, and the developers planned to raze the structure. I turned on the news tonight to see …Read More

Signs of Old New York: Part One

This is the first installment of my visual journal of changing New York City. The 12 year administration of Mayor Bloomberg ushered in many benefits including the High Line and the end of smoke-filled restaurants, but a development boom erased many signs of the City’s storied and gritty past. I’ve been photographing the old signs of Manhattan and surrounding boroughs since I moved here in 1984, …Read More

The Masks of Manhattan

I’ve always had a fascination with the masks we wear, in daily living and cultural extravaganzas. I recently posted photos of festival masks from a remote location in the Peruvian Andes, and decided to contrast that with a post featuring masks from Manhattan. It was far easier to take the subway downtown after work than ride hours on dirt roads in South America, but the …Read More

Sukkot at the Sages

One of my artistic influences is a man named Leon Israel. Born in 1887, he came from Pinsk, Russia in 1905 and made a living drawing cartoons for the Jewish Daily Forward. His sketches were published in a book entitled The East Side in Pictures, which captured elderly Jews selling goods from pushcarts and going about their daily life as poor immigrants in New York …Read More

Jubilation and Aging Hippies in Times Square

As it became clear that Obama was going to win the Presidential race, I grabbed my camera and headed to Times Square to photograph the celebrating crowds. To my delighted surprise I ran into an old friend – an aging left wing activist and hippie named Aron Kay who was infamously known as Pie Man. Aron is a holdout from the radicals of the 1960’s. …Read More

9/11, Hurricane Sandy, and a Weeping Willow Tree

Trees are extremely precious commodities in Manhattan, and it makes me sad whenever I see one come down. I was extra saddened this morning on the FDR Drive when I noticed a favorite weeping willow tree partially toppled by Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t have my camera so I picked it up from my office and got back on the highway to take the shots posted …Read More

Manhattan After the Hurricane

My office downtown is dark with no phone service or water, but I am thankful because my home is intact and we have electricity. Not so for many people whose lives have been upended by this historic, devastating storm. I took my camera out in the storm’s aftermath to see joggers on a closed FDR Drive and downed trees all over the City. I stopped …Read More