Arlene's Scratch Paper
Welcome to Arlene's Scratch Paper, a website of my writing, photography, and videos! For a closer look at my photos, you'll want to head to arleneschulman.com. And for my collection of videos, ArleneSchulman123 is my YouTube channel. You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: A Conversation with Milagros Martich
MEET Milagros Martich of Inwood. She is 80 years old and first arrived in New York from the Dominican Republic in her early twenties. Her vision of the city was based on black and white movies, where glamorous men and women wore trench coats and hats and smoked cigarettes and became entangled in romantic and sinister plots. Well, it wasn't exactly that. Milagros talks about her first experiences in this country, moving to Inwood 40-something years ago, how the neighborhood has changed, and how she never - ever - misses an opportunity to vote in local and national elections.
Listen to the conversation here: http://oralhistory.nypl.org/interviews/milagros-martich-nyjfl9
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: A Conversation with Richard Allman
GETTING TO KNOW: Richard Allman of Washington Heights through the New York Public Library's Oral History Project, Bridging Our Stories.
Richard is a Chicago transplant whose family once owned the famed Valois Restaurant, a favorite of President Barack Obama. In this conversation, Richard talks about how the restaurant and the interplay between customers helped shaped his all encompassing style of communication so and what he loves about New York.
Richard currently serves as a vice president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC and as chair of the newly formed LGBTQ Task Force of Community Board 12. What's interesting about this interview are the silences between the questions and answers. Richard is a most thoughtful speaker who weighs every word in a very measured style. In this photo, he's holding a photograph of his partner and a brick from Chicago's old Comiskey Park.
Listen to the conversation here: http://oralhistory.nypl.org/interviews/richard-allman-akbjji
Monday, November 30, 2015
The Great Elm
If this tree could talk. . ..
This magnificent English Elm on the corner of 163rd and St. Nicholas Avenue on the island of Manhattan stands as a witness to history and our changing times.
George Washington stood underneath the tree on the night of September 28, 1776, watching a fire destroy much of New York City.
This spectacular example of endurance has survived hurricanes and record snowstorms (and George Washington's ax) and stood stubbornly and unyielding in the one of the country's most drug and crime infested neighborhoods during the 1980s and 1990s.
New York City has changed a bit following Peter Minuit's purchase of the island for $24 worth of tzachkes back in 1626. Our tree, also known as Ulmus Procera, has silently observed the evolution of our city and an endless diaspora of newcomers uprooted in search of a better life and in search of their own history in Washington Heights.
Unlike its brothers and sisters who have been cultivated into paper and pencil, our tree is a symbol of perseverance.
The holiday wreath was created for the New York City Parks Department Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibit at Central Park's Arsenal Gallery. The wreath will be on display from December 4, 2015 through January 7, 2016.
This short video features an encounter between The Great Elm and George Washington and includes a rap version. Featuring voices of Peter Walsh, Martin Collins, and Arlene Schulman.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
We are Inwood
Thursday, November 05, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Elizabeth Lorris Ritter
Listen to it hear: http://oralhistory.nypl.org/interviews/elizabeth-lorris-ritter-fync4u
Friday, October 23, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Rob Snyder
Friday, October 16, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: NYPD Sergeant Johnny Moynihan
Meet Johnny Moynihan, a sergeant with the New York City Police Department and president of the Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League. Michael Buczek was a police officer, in this third year of duty, with the 34th Precinct which covers Washington Heights and Inwood, when he died on October 18, 1988, shot killed in the line of duty. He was 24 years old.
In this candid and moving conversation, Johnny Moynihan talks about his colleague and friend, the impact of the Little League on the community, Michael's legacy, and how much he is missed.
Listen to it here at http://oralhistory.nypl.org/interviews/johnny-moynihan-68m4mw
|Sgt. Moynihan and his son, John. Photo courtesy of the Moynihans|
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Arlene Stringer Cuevas
Monday, September 07, 2015
A Shave (but no haircut)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
NYPL Oral History: Bridging Our Stories: Nicholas Estavillo, Retired NYPD Chief of Patrol and Former Commanding Officer of the 34th Precinct
In this wide ranging interview, Estavillo discusses his challenges of managing a precinct, from boosting the morale of police officers devastated by the tragic death of 24-year-old Police Officer Michael Buzcek, shot and killed in 1988 as he and his partner attempted to arrest two drugs suspects; through a time when murders and drugs in the neighborhood were at an all-time high; and through the Washington Heights riots in 1992.
Estavillo talks about his plan for splitting the 34th Precinct into two, which was implemented; how he tackled the issues of noise and quality of life concerns of neighborhood residents; advice on managing a police precinct filled with people of different personalities, educational backgrounds, skills, and values; and the importance of community support. He talks about charming Dr. Ruth who lives in Washington Heights (he does a great imitation, by the way).
Listen to the interview here: http://on.nypl.org/1PvOMLu
|Signing the log book at the precinct|
|With the current commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Chris Morello|
Saturday, August 22, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Marina Torres
Thursday, July 23, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat
In this latest installment of the New York Public Library's Oral History Project, Bridging Our Stories, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat talks about arriving in New York from the Dominican Republic, growing up in Washington Heights, and the influences of his parents and grandparents. This informal conversation includes his favorite uptown restaurants and will he or will he not run for Congress again? You'll have to give a listen to find out.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
What's in your bag? Inside a typical New Yorker's pocketbook
So what do you carry in your pocketbook or briefcase? Here's an exclusive look at what this New Yorker carries in her bag. Yes, all are important.
1 20 ounce bottle of water from Rite Aid
1 half empty container of peppermint Tic Tacs
1 three-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer
1 black sweater
1 small desk fan
1 unlimited MetroCard in cardholder
1 expired MetroCard
1 Riverside Oval wall calendar
1 Chinese takeout menu featuring frogs
1 laminated Save NYC sign
1 folder with image of cat that holds the calendar, Chinese food menu, and Save NYC sign
1 purple and pink polka dot Marimekko pen bag filled with 17 pens, including one Sharpie
1 cloth bag filled with sanitary napkins (okay, I said it)
1 large silver plastic Clinique cosmetic bag holding
- a traveling toothbrush
- a large tube of toothpaste
- dental floss
- Burt's Bees facial cleanser
- paper towels to dry off face after washing with above
a Girl Scout pocket knife, pepper spray, and chuka stick on the keyring
1 Krispy Kreme donut, now flattened
1 half empty bag of honey cough drops from Rite Aid
1 box of dark chocolate Raisinets
Four crumpled potato chips
1 black and white Marimekko cosmetic bag filled with
- a Clinique powder compact
- small bottle of Advil
- more dental floss
- more paper towels
- 1 Clinique high impact lipstick, never opened
- Scope breath drops
- 1 Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls folding hair brush
- 1 small container of facial toner
- Zip-loc bag filled with cleansing pads for facial toner
I.D. card on a string
1 notebook for writing
1 Netflix DVD - Land of Silence and Darkness directed by Werner Herzog
1 book - Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design
1 bookmark from the Jewish Museum that has fallen out of book
1 shades-of-brown-with-flowers Orla Kiely cosmetic bag filled with
- Apple charging cord for iPhone
- portable charger and cable
1 crumpled dollar bill
Three stray but clean tissues
1 plastic supermarket bag
1 receipt for an apple pecan salad and Diet Coke courtesy of Wendy's
1 baggie filled with eight vitamin Ds and nine multi-vitamins
1 business card holder with business cards
1 holder for discount cards
1 overstuffed wallet
1 flash drive
1 hole punch
1 credit card bill
1 oversized postcard from Uber complaining about my local council member
2 empty wrappers from string cheese from Duane Reade
Note: The donut did not survive long enough to make it to the photo shoot.
Monday, June 22, 2015
A Peek Behind the Blue Wall: The NYPD's Citizens Police Academy
Sometimes, sadly, the lives of those around us—wearing the uniform of the NYPD or the uniform of color, race, gender, age, rich or poor—mean very little. These same streets can also take away. And that they did with deaths of four men who recently lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Citizens Police Academy works quietly behind the scenes to enhance communication between the NYPD and the community. A record 222 people attended this last class held at the old Police Academy on 20th Street, mostly African-Americans with a smattering of Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Whites, Hispanics, and Asians, bused in by police vans from their respective precincts. Most were well past the recruitment age of 34 and they were there with the mission of connecting with and finding out how NYPD operates. Attendance was mandatory for clergy connected with local precincts.
We learned that an EDP, or as Detective Jimmy Shanahan says, “an every day person” – could be any one of us triggered by something seemingly mundane or of great consequence. Some of us, unfortunately, are born into lives where the “everydays” are every day. The unpredictability of people is the one constant thing in our city. And that is what police officers respond to.
This record class of 222 graduated on Tuesday, June 23rd, the largest class of citizens in NYPD history and the last class to attend training at the Police Academy building on 20th Street in Manhattan. The building, which has graduated thousands of NYPD police officers and commissioners, is being repurposed for other NYPD units. Training will take place at the new Police Academy in College Point, Queens beginning in the fall.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr.
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Frank Hess
Friday, June 05, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Ed Lehner
Monday, April 27, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Edith Prentiss
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
NYPL Oral History Project: Bridging Our Stories: Milton A. Tingling