Seediness Has Its Charms

When I look at pictures of wood buildings in the neighborhood which were taken when they were new, or new-ish, they looked dilapidated, even then.  What I like about the White Horse Tavern is that is has that look exactly.  Even though it’s famous as a former writer’s bar I read that it was once a longshoreman’s bar.  That’s what it looks like, a longshoreman’s bar.

Here’s a detail.  It looks seedy, basically, which is more authentic to my neighborhood (the far West Village).  At least for a certain period anyway.  I have good camera news, by the way!  A friend’s boyfriend is a fashion photographer, and she also has a Canon G9, (the camera I just bought) and he uses one as a back-up, and he is going to give us lessons on what all these billion controls mean!!

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Seediness Has Its Charms

  1. I want to buy one like yours, if you advise me to do so (hopefully you’ll share your lessons, too 🙂
    What I have now is a Fuji s5000 which doesn’t do much…Are you happy with yours?

  2. Mirela, I’m happy so far, but I haven’t really tested it yet. I think if you want something that is strictly point and shoot the SD850 IS might be better, but I might take that back once I see what this G9 can do. Because it looks like with only a tiny bit of effort you get a lot better than a point and shoot.

    Nadine, yes! Totally seedy. Almost depressingly so. I’ve had too much to drink in there many times, although not for many many years.

  3. I think the White Horse is where the poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death once upon a time….

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