26 March 2010

The Blizzard Is Now Only a Memory.

❅ Elyaqim Mosheh Adam is surprisingly eager to play in the snow. —26 February { }


Photograph by Elyaqim Mosheh Adam.Snow on and hanging from every surface.
72nd Street between 35th and 37th avenues, Jackson Heights, 27 February 2010.

Is it safe to come out now? Spring is finally here after some nasty New York snowstorms. See more of my pictures of the 26 February blizzard that hit Jackson Heights between Taʻănît Estēr (תענית אסתר‎) and Pûrîm (פורים).



25 March 2010

Jewish Papercutting Critical of Religious Tenets.

British artist Jacqueline Nicholls is described as Orthodox, but her traditional Jewish papercutting can certainly have resonance to secular and atheist Jews as well.


Nasty and Nice in Jackson Heights.

Two examples of heterosexism.

In addition to the recent disgusting anti-gay electioneering of Hiram Monserrate, including his appeals to local religious communities with the knowledge religious people tend to be at least as intolerant and hateful as he is, here are two examples found on the Internet of heterosexism in Jackson Heights, one of which is admittedly related to Monserrate’s failed campaign.

• Gay Jackson Heights resident David Maddux described an altercation with a Monserrate worker at local eatery Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street:

While sitting outside in the glorious sun, a person with a fistful of Monserrate flyers approached us and offered one. We declined, saying, “Never!” and “He’s a bigot!” I don’t understand Spanish well, but know enough to comprehend when a mouthful of gay slurs is levied at me. There was no mistaking her vehemence. And her hatred. First time that’s happened in decades. (David Maddux, “Re: Special Election to replace Monserrate,” post on Jackson Heights Life, 16 March 2010.)

• And a micro-’blogger published this bit of hatred presumably after visiting the neighborhood: “Deres a lot of transvestites in jackson heights its disgustin.” (Anthony García, MrR0ttenApple micro-’blog, 8 March 2010.)

Polyglot Chhaya.

Speaking of 77th Street, local community development corporation Chhaya, 37-43 77th Street, has a sign with their name written in five scripts:

  • chhaya
  • ছায়া
  • छाया
  • چھایا
  • ਛਾਯਾ
The definition of the word, according to my dictionaries:
  • ছায়া n. shadow; image; shade. [Bengali]
  • छाया (nf) shade; shadow; … [Hindi]
  • ‎چھایا chhayá, H. n. f. Darkness; shade. [Urdu]
See the picture of it that accompanies the article Seema Agnani, “Bringing Basements to Code,” Urban Omnibus, 10 March 2010.

17 March 2010

Religious Experience at the Ambassador Program.

Photograph by Elyaqim Mosheh Adam.Pansit (便) palabok.
Ambassador Program at Tito Rad’s, 49-12 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, 2 March 2010.

The Ambassador Program’s visit to Tito Rad’s turned into a transcendent experience when the Flying Spaghetti Monster revealed himself in an otherwise ordinary bowl of pansit palabok. (See my other pictures of that event in my Facebook photo album.)

Update, 14:00: In an odd coincidence, another openly gay, non-Filipino Jackson Heights resident posted a ’blog article this month consisting of a picture of pansit palabok shot in a different Queens neighborhood: Tony Crespo, “At Red Ribbons in Woodside having Palabok and Mango cake,” NYC Gay Cop, 8 March.

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15 March 2010

Caja Musical Under Construction.

Photograph by Elyaqim Mosheh Adam.
Drag performer imitating Lady Gaga with an immense wig.
Tony’s birthday at Caja Musical, 40-08 74th Street, Elmhurst, 7 March 2010.

See my pictures of Tony’s birthday, the culmination of “Under Construction Week” at Caja Musical, Elmhurst.

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