Bed-Stuy, Biking, and Gig

John C. Kelley House
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I’ve spent much of the last few days on the bike, which is a good thing because I’m riding in the Five Boro Bike Tour on Sunday. I’m helping my friend Fran with photos for the AIA Guide (we were in the Times last week, you may recall). We drove around and took some photos for the Bedford-Stuyvesant chapter on Friday, and then I did more on my bike Sunday and yesterday. It’s such a beautiful neighborhood and mostly still intact, although I had a bad feeling when I got to St. Patrick’s and saw that it is now St. Lucy and St. Patrick’s, and sure enough, St. Lucy’s is no more. There are a few modern abominations, but mostly beautiful parks, blocks of gorgeous brownstones, and other treasures. I even ended up photographing some of mary_wroth‘s old neighborhood.

Meanwhile, I have a show coming up this Friday. Mike Skliar and I did our first show together almost exactly 12 years ago, at the late and not-especially-lamented Orange Bear. It’s been a few years since we’ve played together in New York City but we will be doing so this Friday night on the Upper West Side, playing a mixture of our originals, cover tunes and traditional songs. The show is at Cafe du Soleil on Broadway between 104th and 105th. Further details about that and other shows are are on my web site.

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