A Chilly Chinatown Night

New York at night holds a seductive allure. The landscape changes as the shadows, colors and shapes morph into grays and oranges and the reflection of traffic light reds, yellows and greens dance on the city’s bumpy streets. The Chinatown bustle, … Continued


Quirky Colombia: Mompox Part 3

For all its beautiful colonial charm, Mompox still has a quirky personality. And like most small towns, Mompox is too small to hide the eccentricities that reveal themselves while wandering its dusty streets. For me, there’s a lot of aimless … Continued


The Colombian Town Time Forgot

500-years ago, the Magdalena River’s rushing current transformed the Colombian island town of Mompox from a dusty village into a bustling commercial center. For years it thrived until times changed and the businesses moved to more accessible cities upriver. For … Continued


Life and Death at a Colombian Cockfight

Death’s doorway opened in 3 minutes and 13 seconds. Harsh blue light from two fist-sized coils of compact fluorescent bulbs illuminated the fighting pit, its dirt floor framed with a green cement ring and rickety wooden bleachers 4 benches high. … Continued


Cartagena’s Moody Romance

Cartagena breathes a moody romance – especially as the sun sets and silky shadows drape the city’s historic walls. It was only a few hours after my arrival and I was exploring the old city’s fortifications, waiting for my Courchsurfing … Continued


Running Cartagena’s Ramparts

It was like running through butter as thick, humid air melted the beads sweat pouring from my pores. The morning sun rose higher in the brilliant-blue sky, casting broiling rays on the mustard-painted buildings, their colonial facades stained with ages … Continued


A Movember Stash to the Rescue

Friends, these are challenging times and I need your help. No, I wasn’t robbed in London and need a wire transfer for a plane ticket home nor have I fallen and can’t get up. In my calendar, November is scratched … Continued


Boozin’ at the Van Brunt Stillhouse

Good things come in small batches at Van Brunt Stillhouse, a Red Hook boutique distillery founded in 2012 by the husband and wife team Daric Schlesselman and Sarah Ludington. “I was an avid home brewer and distiller and my wife … Continued


Such Great Red Hook Heights

At 120-feet off the ground with only a few metal bars and a pane of glass separating me from the concrete dock far below, most people might have felt nervous. Had I not been so focused on capturing photos of … Continued