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.

An Escalator

We went into New York City to see a production of what turned out to be an extremely good production of “Kiss Me Kate”. I was waiting for my wife in Grand Central Terminal – leaning on a railing at the top of an escalator. As I looked down it occurred to me to take a picture of the people on the escalator. There was also a small triangular area (top left in the pictures) where people would from time to time pass by. I wanted to include that too.

These two pictures are what I ended up with. The first one clearly show the two women on the escalator as well as the man passing by. However, it doesn’t give much sense of movement. The second also shows figures on the escalator and in the triangular area. It shows the movement much more, but I think it’s a bit too blurry and indistinct. I don’t think either of them is quite right, but I prefer the first one. If I had it to do again I think I’d try to come up with something in between: something that captures some of the movement (but not too much).

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Geneva – Augustins

Augustins spreads out to the East of Rue de Carouge between Plainpalais and Carouge around the Place des Augustins. According to the website of the Republic and Canton of Geneva this square gets its name (translation from the original French):

…from a monastery, founded in 1480 by the brothers of “Notre-Dame-des-Hermits”, of the Augustinian Order, on the site of a hermitage (first references in 1461), at far end of the Faubourg Saint-Léger, very near the Pont-d’Arve.

It appears to have enjoyed the favor of the princes of Savoy. The largesse of Renee, bastard of Savoy allowed the order to build, from 1498, a new chapel in which they placed a renowned painting of the Virgin, which was credited with wonderful cures. The Reformation and the general demolition of the suburbs of Geneva (begun in 1530) was the death knell for the last monastery founded in Geneva. On August 9, 1535, a group of citizens went to the monastery church, “Notre-Dame-de-Grâce”, and completed the destruction: the painting of the Virgin was burnt, the large bell melted, and the sacred gold objects sold to meet the needs of the city.

As the main tram line between Geneva and Carouge passes through Augustins I’ve seen the area along the Rue de Carouge many times, but only from the tram while in transit. This time I decided to walk back from a visit to the Old Town/Parc des Bastions along the Rue de Carouge on my way back home.

I’ve never liked this area much. The Rue de Carouge is a long street with lots of small stores and numerous restaurants like the one above – with outdoor seating areas in Summer. There are a few interesting buildings (see below), but there are many, more picturesque locations in Geneva. However, it seems I’m in the minority. As I passed the restaurants were mostly full of people having a great time. We even went there one evening and had a lovely meal at an Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant: Meskerem.

The Ville de Geneve website describes the Casino-Théâtre as follows (translation from he original French):

Venue for the traditional and annual “Revue Genevoise”, the Casino-Théâtre nowadays also hosts plays and operettas, concerts and comedy shows. The Casino-Théâtre is one of the cultural highlights of the City of Geneva.

The origin of the Petit Casino dates back to 1881. Eugène Henri Villard and his wife Joséphine Dubouloz built a brewery and a performance hall, called “Brasserie de l’Espérance”. Over the years, the hall has changed hands several times, before being bought by the City in 1983.

According to Ville de Geneva website (translated from the original French):

The Community Centre of Plainpalais (parts of which – the Large Hall, the Assembly Hall and the kitchen located in the basement – are available for rental.) is ideal for a variety of different events. It is frequently reserved for major cultural events supported by the City of Geneva.

The Pitoëff Theater, on the first floor, is managed by the Department of Culture and Sport.

The maximum number of people allowed in the large hall is 1,000 without furniture, 600 with chairs and 500 with tables and chairs.

The maximum number of people admitted in the Assembly Hall is 200 without furniture, 150 with chairs and 100 with tables and chairs.

Built in 1908-1909 according to the plans of the architect Joseph Marschall, the Community Centre is part of the heritage of the City of Geneva. Here you can admire stained glass representing seasonal flowering and a mural by Edmond Ravel.

The southern border of Augustins: Buildings along the Quai Capo-d’Istria as seen from the Pont de Carouge.

Pictures taken with a Sony RX-100 M3