Monday, December 16, 2013

Underground music

     There are so many subway musicians and performers in NYC and some are world class . I did a short documentary that spotlights a handful. I hope you enjoy,


Friday, August 30, 2013

The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY

      The Old Stone House (,_New_York)is a historical site located in Washington Park(3rd Street at 5th ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The house played an important part in American History
   On August 27 1776 the Old Stone House was a key location in The American Revolution. It is where The Battle of Brooklyn took place which was the largest battle of The Revolution. General George Washington's troops were surrounded on two sides and had no choice but to escape across a Brouwer' Mill Pond  on The Gowanus Creek to Brooklyn Heights. 400 solders stayed behind to fight the British in front of The Old Stone  House. They were to become known as the Maryland 400. Many Americans were lost on that day and the British took occupation of the house during the rest of the Revolutionary War.

   The original Vechte-Cortelyou House was built as a farm house in 1699 by Dutch immigrant, Claes Vechte who later in 1797 sold the house to Jocques Cortelyou ,who bought the house for his newly married son, Peter. Peter's son Jocques (named after his grandfather) inherited the house in 1850 and his family was the last to live in the Old Stone House.
      In 1850 Jocques Cortelyou sold the the property to Edwin Litchfield and The Old Stone House was used as a clubhouse for the baseball team ,The Brooklyn Superbas who later became the Brooklyn Dodgers. The house was destroyed in 1897 and  rebuilt in 1934 to what you see now using stone from the original sight.
      Today The Old Stone House is a museum where visitors can learn about The Battle of Brooklyn through gallery tours and Historical reenactments of famous events. The house is surrounded by lush gardens which contain native plants that you would have found growing in the area during colonial times. There are many unique shops and restaurants in the Park Slope area as well

This week(Aug.17-24) is Battle of Brooklyn Week. Check the old stone house website for details. for details
 The museum is opened every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm or by appointment.
 For more info go to                                                                                                                                                                                                Text and photographs by Scott Korn

Monday, August 5, 2013

From Germany With Love

   Who would have thought that you can sit and eat lunch in front of The Berlin Wall right here in New York City? Well you can at 520 Madison Urban Plaza .The Plaza is actually on 53rd Street between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave. A lot of people pass it by not realizing that it actually is ,.indeed; The Berlin Wall.
     Back in 1984, in West Germany Thierry Noir and a hand full of other graffiti artists started panting segments of The Berlin Wall with the idea that it would be transformed into something ridiculous. Within 6 years the colorful cartoons covered nearly 5 kilometers of the wall. This became a mockery of what The Berlin Wall stood for. On November 9, 1989 the wall came down , once again unifying east and west Germany. The paintings became a symbol freedom across Germany and Thierry's wall painting were being auctioned off at nearly 1.5 million euros.
    As colorful as the front of the wall is, the back is blank and cold, a reminder of just how divided East Germany and West Germany once were.You can see the very panels that are in the plaza being painted in the film "Wings of Desire".
  Next time your in Midtown, you
can come to the plaza to enjoy lunch on your way to a museum or shopping and take in a piece of history. If you like world history then this is a must see

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Gardens at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields

The Gardens at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields

      The Garden at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields was built in 1821 and takes up nearly an entire city block in Greenwich Village. It contains over two thirds of an acre of lawn, walks and a fantastic collection of garden standards, rare hybrids, and plants that are native to American soil: it is one of the most admired gardens in the city.
      The brick wall at the south-west end of the garden provides a warm micro-climate which allows a wide variety of flora and fauna to thrive. Many migrating birds and butterflies stop at this garden in the spring and fall because of the abundance of berries and flowers. There have been over 100 species of birds recorded in the garden as well as 24 types of moths and butterflies.
     The garden can be accessed from either the Hudson Street entrance(487 Hudson St.) or from the entrance Barrow St. there is also a second entrance on Hudson St. that is opened during school hours.

      Once inside, the garden is comprised of 6 areas as follows:

 1. The Barrow St Garden which has  four distinct flower beds and several benches where visitors may sit to relax.

 2. The Gene Morin Contemplation corner where you will find shade plants and sculptures.

 3. The south Lawn where parents bring their children to play.

 4. The ally path. This path is especially beautiful in the spring when the 22 cherry trees which line the path are loaded with blossoms. You will also find the barrow St. entrance here.

 5. The Rectory garden is the oldest part of the gardens.and can be accessed from Hudson St. Here you will find a remaining wall of the former parish hall. This area is loved by painters who come by often because of the dramatic imagery.

 6.The north garden with two 100-year old silver maple trees shade what was once part of the churches burial grounds.

For more information go to :

 The Gardens at Saint Luke in the Field
 Attn: Garden Fund
 487 Hudson Street
 New York, NY10014

Photography by Scott Korn


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Smorgasburg, Brooklyn, NY

Smorgasburg , Brooklyn , New York City

 Smorgasburg, every Saturday and Sunday; hosted by Brooklyn Flea; is a flea market for your taste buds. Smorgasburg is a foodies dream come true featuring 100 purveyors from NYC and across the region selling scrumptious packaged and prepared food in an open market setting. Everything from porchetta sandwiches from Porchetta to lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound  to macaroons and sweets can be found. All the venders  prepare food right in front of you filling the air with an aroma that will make your mouth water and belly hungry. There are many different types of ethnics culinary specialties  so there is something for everyone no matter what your taste.


Smorgasburg moves Indoors in Williamsburg for the Winter
This winter Smorgasburg move indoors to some mammoth new digs at 80 North 5th St. (at Wythe Ave.) in Williamsburg. With room for 175 vendors, including 50 food vendors, Smorgasburg will operate year-round, and you’ll be able to shop and chow your way through a proper giant market for the holidays and colder months.

  Smorgasburg does get crowded so it's a good idea to arrive  early to avoid long lines. .
open 10am-6pm all winter. 
Smorgasburg is a delicious way to spend an afternoon...Bon appetit.

*photographs taken at the Dumbo location 

 photographs and text by Scott Korn


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Free Ignition

Free Ignition

    If you enjoy playing with fire, poi, or other related flo arts and you have a renegade gene then Free Ignition is your ticket for a fun night out. Free Ignition usually takes place every Thursday from about 8:55 to 11:45 at the band shell in East River Park. It was started by Phoenix Feeley In 2008 after returning from a festival and wishing New York City Had a place to spin fire. It became popular quickly and now attracts about forty to 60 participants. Skill levels vari from novis to expert and if you never spun fire before, this is an excellent place to learn. It is where I spun fire for the first time.
   For more info you can check out there page on Facebook called Free Ignition. It's definitely a great way to experience underground NYC.

Text and photographs by Scott Korn
Video by Chris Ofner 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The High Line


    Stretching from Gansevoort Street to West 35th Street between 10th and 11th ave , you will find The High Line, a unique park, 30 feet above the street on a historic railroad freight line. The High Line was originally built in the 1930s to connect the then industrial west side of Manhattan. It wasn't until 1980 when the last train was used on it and then the structure sat in a state of neglect and was slated to be demolished. It was 1999 that Friends of the High Line , a neighborhood organization stepped in to save the structure from demolition with plans to turn it into a pedestrian park. In 2002 they gained support from the city of New York and in 2006 construction began on what is now one of the most beautiful and unique parks in the world.

     Today The High Line is considered a major destination. People from all over the the world come to see this landscaped train line. The plants you find there are plants which grew wildly on the tracks during the years of neglect. The architecture is modern yet you can still see the old tracks , combining old and new together in a refreshing way.
      I recommend a stroll on The High Line weather you live in New York or are visiting from somewhere else. You won't be disappointed.            

Text and Photographs by Scott Korn

For more information go to