Fat City Rockers at the Downtown Peekskill Music Series

Every Saturday evening during Summer the town of Peekskill, NY closes a section of North Division Street and presents a band of some kind. This part of Division Street has a number of restaurants, which put tables and chairs outside so that you can eat while listening to the music. The whole thing has a very European feel to it.

On this particular evening (June 15, 2019) the featured band was “Fat City Rockers:

… a Band performing Rock (50’s-60’s), Instrumental, and Swing/Jump, Big Band music. We are a high energy three-piece group called “The Fat City Rockers” from Northern Westchester County, NY. We are rocking and swinging from Philly to Boston!!! Everything from pubs, restaurants, car shows, breweries, radio stations, county fairs, public and private events.

We are different!!! Performing: The Stray Cats, Dion, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, The Ventures, The Shadows, Danny Gatton, Eddie Cochrane, Dick Dale, Robert Gordon, Bill Halley, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and much, much, more.

We appeal to a wide age groups & have a solid following. We try to play material that the older generations have not heard in years, as well and super important, turning on younger age groups. The feedback has been nothing less than amazing!!! (Hudson Valley Music).

I must admit that they were pretty good.

As I recall we ate at “The Quiet Man“, an Irish Pub.

Very animated guitarist.


Guitarist and lead singer looking very cool in his sunglasses.


This little guy was dancing up a storm.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A walk around Cold Spring, NY – Overview

Back in June I decided to have a walk around Cold Spring, NY. I’ve been there many times but there are still areas that I have not really explored, so I decided to focus on them. However, inevitably I found my way into familiar areas including the picturesque area around the bandstand and promenade shown in the picture above.

According to Wikipedia:

Cold Spring is a village in the town of Philipstown in Putnam County, New York, United States. The population was 1,983 at the 2010 census. It borders the smaller village of Nelsonville and the hamlet of Garrison. The central area of the village is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Cold Spring Historic District due to its many well-preserved 19th-century buildings, constructed to accommodate workers at the nearby West Point Foundry (itself a Registered Historic Place today). The town is the birthplace of General Gouverneur K. Warren, who was an important figure in the Union Army during the Civil War. The village, located in the Hudson Highlands, sits at the deepest point of the Hudson River, directly across from West Point. Cold Spring serves as a weekend getaway for many residents of New York City.

Taken with a Canon 5D and Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM.

Birthday Celebration at “The Falcon”

A while back our friend Joan invited us to a celebration in honor of her birthday. It was to take place at ‘The Falcon‘ a live music venue on Route 9w in Marlboro, NY. From the road the falcon doesn’t look like much, but it’s actually rather interesting. It’s built on multiple, terraced levels, with a waterfall running by.

The music was OK, the food was fairly typical pub fare but the overall experience was great.

Joan, the birthday girl.

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix performing.

One of the terraces as seen from a higher terrace.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

At Lincoln Center

We recently went into New York City to see a concert at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The all- Beethoven Programme featured the Violin Concerto in D major & his Symphony #3 in E flat major ‘Eroica’. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra was conducted by Andrew Manze and the soloist was Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang. In a pre-concert recital Drew Petersen on piano played Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major (“Wandererfantasie”). Before the concert we had an early dinner at Boulud Sud.

The picture above shows The Plaza at Lincoln Center as seen from the outside terrace at the David Geffen Hall. On the right the Metropolitan Opera House and on the left the David H. Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet. The green space in between them is Damrosch Park. I’d already taken some pictures of the plaza at ground level, but I prefer the view from the higher elevation of the terrace.

The man himself. Ludwig van Beethoven. The plaque reads: “Beethoven, a tragic mask” by Bourdelle. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Dreitzer.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Downing Park, Newburgh – Overview

I’ve often passed Downing Park in Newburgh, but this was the first time I’d visited it (while taking the dog for a walk).

It has an interesting history. According to the City of Newburgh website:

Most of Downing Park was a farm owned by the Smith family, whose 1750s farmhouse stood at the present location of the pergola.

The idea to build a park was conceived by Mayor O’Dell in the late 1880s. Citing the population growth and increases in property values, he acquired the 25-acre Smith estate, later adding ten more acres.

The City offered the commission to design the park to Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the designers of New York City’s Central Park. The landscape designers agreed in 1889, stipulating that it be named after their mentor (and Vaux’s former partner) Alexander Jackson Downing.

Actual construction began in 1894, and the park was opened to the public in 1897.

In addition to the farmhouse, the park originally featured an observatory and a bandshell. The observatory, designed by Calvert’s son Downing Vaux, rested on the highest point in the park, commanding spectacular Hudson River views. The structure was torn down in 1961 as part of an “urban renewal” project.

Little is known about the original bandshell, and no clear pictures exist. Described as being built in Downing’s ‘rustic style,’ it was removed in the late 1920s.

At the turn of century, the farmhouse was turned into a smallpox sanatorium. In 1908 the flu epidemic ended; the city condemned the house, and it was burned to the ground. Later that year, architect Frank Estabrook designed the pergola to be built on the farmhouse foundations.

The Shelter House, designed in 1934 by Gordon Marvel, provided shelter in the winter for those ice skating on the Polly Pond.

The outdoor amphitheatre was built in 1946. Used for weekly band concerts for many years, the amphitheatre originally had a moat filled with goldfish at the front of the stage


According to Heritage Newburgh:

Though many who pass by the beautiful park do not realize its illustrious history, in fact it was designed by two of America’s foremost 19th-century landscape architects, themselves superseded in prominence only by the park’s namesake, Andrew Jackson Downing.

Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux were commissioned by the City of Newburgh in 1889 to design the park in honor of their late mentor Andrew Jackson Downing.

Downing born and raised in Newburgh had achieved great fame as one of the most distinctive style-makers of America’s 19th century influencing both landscape design and residential architecture, some of which can still be seen in Newburgh’s East End Historic District.

However, Downing and 79 others perished horribly in 1852 in a fire on the ill-fated steamboat, the Henry Clay, which was racing from Kingston to New York. Boats in those days eclipsed by railroad travel, frequently raced for bragging rights, despite the danger it posed to the steam engine boiler rooms aboard the wooden ships.

Downing was not quite 37, but had left an incredible mark and a huge void.

Downing revolutionized designs for urban green spaces, advocating for large and beautifully conceptualized public spaces, aristocratic in scope but intended also for the masses. He was the genius behind the idea for New York City’s Central Park.

In his absence, Downing’s protégés Olmstead and Vaux were commissioned to actually create Central Park, and they did, engineering a public masterpiece.

It’s not a stretch to consider Downing Park and see similarities to Central Park. And why not? The landscape architects employed the design vernacular that had made Downing famous:

design serpentine walkways
unexpected vistas
peaceful rolling hills
a central water feature
native specimen trees.

These are all the hallmarks of Downing’s inspired approach to landscape architecture which his two students executed effortlessly.

An article in the New York History Blog is also worth reading: “Newburgh’s Downing Park, A Short History

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.