Monthly Archives: December 2009

New York, quit calling.

After a whirlwind trip to DC and back for Christmas, I stopped off in New York to grab a quick bite with an old friend of mine in Chelsea, as well as to give my brain a rest from dealing with near-horizontal rain and crazy holiday traffic.

So much rain over the weekend, so I didn’t get many opportunities to make any pictures outdoors, save for these iPhone photos.

12.26.2009 — NEW YORK — 16th Street and 9th Avenue. This pedestrian signal makes my head want to explode.

12.26.2009 — NEW YORK — This storefront display at the Moschino Boutique on 14th Street pretty much sums up my thoughts on Christmas and the holiday season in general.

12.26.2009 — NEW YORK — This storefront display at the Moschino Boutique on 14th Street pretty much sums up my thoughts on Christmas and the holiday season in general.

Happy Holidays!

The Longest Night

With all this talk about a white Christmas, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the homeless. Every year for the past 20 years, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul has their homeless memorial service on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.

This isn’t the first time I’ve photographed one of these events — I covered one back in Tampa a few years back. Obviously, weather conditions are much different in Florida, so it definitely has a bit of a different feel back in Boston. With the heavy snow last week and the bitter cold that’s been lingering for the past month, I can only imagine how difficult it is on the street.

Here are some photos from the service:

12.21.2009 — BOSTON — Chris Hunt arranges some tombstones representing homeless people who have died at the 20th annual Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Dec. 21, 2009. The service is held on the longest night of the year.


12.21.2009 — BOSTON — John Predso lights a candle a homeless person who died in the last year at the 20th annual Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Dec. 21, 2009. The tall candle to his right represents 'John Doe.' The service is held on the longest night of the year.

Steam Heat

Caught another fire on my way home Sunday night. It was a little late, and nothing too severe, by fire standards for the newspaper, anyway. A lot of steam, but I think I got there a little too late to get any visible flame.

Either way, I really don’t mean to make light of or be insensitive to what must be a devastating loss for this family, especially at this time of year. It looks like the fire gutted most of the house, and who knows what it looks like inside. Hopefully, it reminds people to be extra careful with their space heaters, fireplaces, etc. when it’s cold out.

12.20.2009 — NEWTON, Mass. — Newton firefighters respond to a three-alarm fire at 91 Pickwick Rd. in Newton on Dec. 20, 2009. Fire officials had not yet determined a cause at the time of the fire.

12.20.2009 — NEWTON, Mass. — Newton firefighters respond to a three-alarm fire at 91 Pickwick Rd. in Newton on Dec. 20, 2009. Fire officials had not yet determined a cause at the time of the fire.


12.20.2009 — NEWTON, Mass. — Newton firefighters respond to a three-alarm fire at 91 Pickwick Rd. in Newton on Dec. 20, 2009. Fire officials had not yet determined a cause at the time of the fire.

12.20.2009 — NEWTON, Mass. — A Newton firefighter climbs through an ice-covered tree responding to a three-alarm fire at 91 Pickwick Rd. in Newton on Dec. 20, 2009. Fire officials had not yet determined a cause at the time of the fire.

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