Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Few Words on Yorkville's Nuts

Squirrel enjoying a nut up a tree @ Carl Schurz Park
The New York Giants poor play today brought up a painful Yorkville memory.

When I was a boy getting punched in the nuts and handling it well was a badge of honor. You were expected to tell the attacker, "nice shot," if indeed, it was a good shot.

You could stay down on your knees or roll in the fetal position for as long as you needed to recover, but it was bad darts to immediately strike back.

Protocol called for a sneak attack sometimes days later, and if you did it in a classroom, or better, in Church, you got extra points from your friends. You got bonus extra points if you didn't tell on the attacker and sought your revenge with your own future attack. It was considered a Grand Slam if you hit a guy in the nuts good while he was flirting with a girl.

And you never answered this question unless it was asked in school by a teacher.

"What is the capital of Thailand?"

Rory sharing his nuts with a squirrel @ Central Park

Yorkville Creperie at 1586 York Avenue is currently hosting an exhibit of my photography. The work will be on display through the end of this year. All framed work is for sale and my photographic prints are available for purchase @ Thomas R. Pryor Photography. There is a price list on the wall at Yorkville Creperie. The manager has a flyer describing the exhibit with the price list and my background. Please ask your Creperie server or the manager for a copy.

Also on display are photographs of the Creperie storefront and The Saloon storefront from 1960 and 1962 when they were known as Joe's Candy Store and the Old Timer's Tavern. One is my first photo of Dad and his pals in the bar looking out, and the other is my Dad's shot of my cousin Bobby, Rory and I on Christmas Day with my first two wheeler. That bike and Dad's camera kicked off my interest in photography when we rode all over Manhattan every weekend we could.

There's an opening reception for the exhibit on Tuesday, October 1st @ 7pm to 9pm next door the Creperie in The Saloon. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served. Come visit Yorkville, we'll have a nice time.

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