New York City

Lower Manhattan Skyline featuring One World Trade Center - 

Lower Manhattan Skyline featuring One World Trade Center - 

For decades I have been fascinated by the big city.  On a  typical visit to New York, I take the subway from JFK to my hotel in Manhattan, and with camera in hand I immediately immerse myself into this street photographer’s paradise.   New York City has it all.   It has the hustle and bustle of the business districts, the flavor of the neighborhoods, the majesty of the architecture and skylines, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Rockefeller Center, the landmarks, parks, museums and zoos,  the subways and buses, the street vendors and taxi drivers, cultural diversity and an extensive range of local and international cuisine.     And without question, New York is blessed with many excellent delis.


PEOPLE

A NEW FRIEND IN NEW YORK   

A NEW FRIEND IN NEW YORK

 

TWO SMILING YOUNG LADIES SERVING AN ICE CREAM CONE   

TWO SMILING YOUNG LADIES SERVING AN ICE CREAM CONE

 

SERVER AT BARNEY GREENGRASS DELI   

SERVER AT BARNEY GREENGRASS DELI

 

PRETZEL VENDOR   

PRETZEL VENDOR

 

HOT DOG VENDOR

HOT DOG VENDOR

NUTS   

NUTS

 

RAPPER AT TIMES SQUARE   

RAPPER AT TIMES SQUARE

 

TRADITIONAL BUSINESSMAN'S LUNCH   

TRADITIONAL BUSINESSMAN'S LUNCH

 

STREET VENDOR COUNTING THE CHANGE   

STREET VENDOR COUNTING THE CHANGE

 

RECYCLING   

RECYCLING

 

I SHARED MY PASTRAMI SANDWICH WITH THIS GENTLEMAN   

I SHARED MY PASTRAMI SANDWICH WITH THIS GENTLEMAN

 

ICE SKATING AT BRYANT PARK   

ICE SKATING AT BRYANT PARK

 

IN A SHOP AT BRYANT PARK   

IN A SHOP AT BRYANT PARK

 

STUFFED ANIMALS   

STUFFED ANIMALS

 

COLORFUL ATTIRE   

COLORFUL ATTIRE

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE   

IT IS IMPORTANT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE

 

OUTSIDE THE COFFEE SHOP   

OUTSIDE THE COFFEE SHOP

 

ORCHIDS   

ORCHIDS

 

GREAT CONVERSATION WITH THIS GENTLEMAN ON HOUSTON STREET   

GREAT CONVERSATION WITH THIS GENTLEMAN ON HOUSTON STREET

 

NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED   

NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED

 

EXPIRED PARKING METER   

EXPIRED PARKING METER

 

WATCH YOUR STEP AS YOU EXIT THE SUBWAY TRAIN.   

WATCH YOUR STEP AS YOU EXIT THE SUBWAY TRAIN.

 

NEXT STOP

NEXT STOP

ON THE WAY DOWNTOWN   

ON THE WAY DOWNTOWN

 

MOTHERHOOD   

MOTHERHOOD

 

LUNCH BREAK   

LUNCH BREAK

 

HAPPY TO SEE YOU   

HAPPY TO SEE YOU

 

I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON   

I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON

 

EVEN A DOG NEEDS AN OCCASIONAL SPA TREATMENT   

EVEN A DOG NEEDS AN OCCASIONAL SPA TREATMENT

 


PLACES

VIEW TO THE SOUTH FROM ROCKEFELLER CENTER

 

VIEW TO THE NORTH FROM ROCKEFELLER CENTER

 

CEMETERY   

CEMETERY

 

    

 

 

COLUMBUS CIRCLE   

COLUMBUS CIRCLE

 

ROCKEFELLER CENTER      

ROCKEFELLER CENTER

 

 

SHRINE CHURCH OF ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

SHRINE CHURCH OF ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

SUBWAY   

SUBWAY

 

BEHIND THE SCENES   

BEHIND THE SCENES

 

TAXIS AT THE STARTING LINE   

TAXIS AT THE STARTING LINE

 

TIMES SQUARE   

TIMES SQUARE

 

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING   

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

 

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL   

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

 

MANHATTAN SKYLINE   

MANHATTAN SKYLINE

 


PASTRAMI

2nd Ave. Deli

I have visited 2nd Ave. Deli on a number of occasions.  It is always a great spot for an outstanding deli meal.  On this visit I was greeted by Steve Cohen, the manager.  I have enjoyed many of their delicious menu items, including chicken soup, chopped liver, gefilte fish and, of course, pastrami on rye.

SECOND AVE. DELI - 33RD STREET LOCATION   

SECOND AVE. DELI - 33RD STREET LOCATION

 

STEVE COHEN - MANAGER   

STEVE COHEN - MANAGER

 

PASTRAMI ON RYE   

PASTRAMI ON RYE

 

PICKLES AND COLE SLAW   

PICKLES AND COLE SLAW

 

 

Katz's Delicatessen

There are only a handful of delis at which pastrami is presented as nothing short of an art form.   Katz's Delicatessen, located at 205 East Houston Street,  is one of them.  Order a sandwich from the deli man at the counter and he will take the cut of pastrami right out of the steamer and hand carve the pastrami for your sandwich.  The slices of pastrami are stacked high on rye bread, and the steam from the meat adds just the right touch of moisture to the bread.   On this visit I had the pleasure of speaking with Jake Dell, the third generation Dell family member in charge of Katz's Delicatessen.    A trip to New York is incomplete without a stop at Katz's for an outstanding pastrami sandwich. 

KATZ'S DELICATESSEN AT THE CORNER OF HOUSTON AND LUDLOW STREETS   

KATZ'S DELICATESSEN AT THE CORNER OF HOUSTON AND LUDLOW STREETS

 

JAKE DELL   

JAKE DELL

 

DELI MAN, ELI, HOLDING A PIECE OF PASTRAMI JUST TAKEN FROM THE STEAMER

DELI MAN, ELI, HOLDING A PIECE OF PASTRAMI JUST TAKEN FROM THE STEAMER

HAND CARVING THE PASTRAMI   

HAND CARVING THE PASTRAMI

 

PASTRAMI ON RYE   

PASTRAMI ON RYE

 

ANOTHER VIEW OF PASTRAMI ON RYE

ANOTHER VIEW OF PASTRAMI ON RYE

 

Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery

After having a sandwich at Katz's it was time for dessert. So I walked just a block or two west to Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery, located at 137 East Houston Street. I had - you guessed it - a potato knish, served to me by Yonah's great nephew and manager, Alex Wolfman. The knishes are baked in the basement and brought up to the store level by a dumbwaiter.   It is my understanding that this "institution" has the same decor as it did in 1910 when it opened at this location.   

YONAH SCHIMMEL'S KNISH BAKERY (Notice the misspelling in the sign.)   

YONAH SCHIMMEL'S KNISH BAKERY (Notice the misspelling in the sign.)

 

THE SIGN THAT HANGS ABOVE THE DUMBWAITER   

THE SIGN THAT HANGS ABOVE THE DUMBWAITER

 

ALEX WOLFMAN CARRYING A TRAY OF FRESH KNISHES

ALEX WOLFMAN CARRYING A TRAY OF FRESH KNISHES

THIS KNISH LOOKS GOOD   

THIS KNISH LOOKS GOOD

 

TWO TRAYS OF KNISHES RIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN   

TWO TRAYS OF KNISHES RIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN

 

 

Mile End Delicatessen

Not more than an hour after leaving Yonah Schimmel's, I received a text from my friend, Seth Front,  creator of the Jewish Zodiac.  He insisted that I visit the Mile End Delicatessen and have Montreal style "smoked meat," a north of the border variation of pastrami.   I immediately headed directly to Mile End's Manhattan location.  As this was the first time I experienced "smoked meat," my server, a very upbeat and enthusiastic young lady, suggested that I have a sandwich with both the leaner and fattier cuts of meat.  This delicious "smoked meat" sandwich was a perfect follow up to my "pastrami & knish" lunch and a perfect mid-afternoon snack before my Italian dinner.

MILE END DELICATESSEN - MANHATTAN   

MILE END DELICATESSEN - MANHATTAN

 

TYPICAL OF AN ARTISAN DELI, MILE END DELICATESSEN HAS A LIMITED MENU

TYPICAL OF AN ARTISAN DELI, MILE END DELICATESSEN HAS A LIMITED MENU

MONTREAL STYLE "SMOKED MEAT" ON RYE   

MONTREAL STYLE "SMOKED MEAT" ON RYE