“…I don’t ever wanna leave this town… ’cause after all… this city never sleeps at night…”

“It’s Time” – Imagine Dragon (2012)

Two night time cityscape photos of downtown Cleveland taken from the near-west side, on the cliffs that descend down into the Cuyahoga River valley “Flats” at West 17th Street and Lorain Avenue.

Photos taken August 1, 2015


“Peace on the earth, good will to men… from heaven’s all gracious King…”

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” – Johnny Mathis (1958)

Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio
The home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Building completion: 1931
Architects: Walker and Weeks
Concert hall seating: 2,000

Photos taken December 21, 2014

“Run softly, blue river… run cool and deep… run softly, blue river… my darlin’s asleep…”

“Run Softly, Blue River” – Johnny Cash (1958)

The Cuyahoga River at Dusk, as it makes it’s way through Cleveland’s industrial flats.

Photo taken November 10, 2014

“…we can’t do it any other way… everybody’s got to rock and roll… shout it, shout it, shout it out loud…”

“Shout It Out Loud” – KISS (live 2014)

The legendary rock and roll band KISS, live on stage at the Blossom Music Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The CLEVELAND stop for the band on their 2014 tour–an out-door venue, with a covered pavilion. For his birthday, I took my teen aged nephew and we stood on the lawn… a huge hill, which is what Blossom is known for, and the show did not disappoint! My first KISS concert… my nephew’s second time seeing them! This picture isn’t the best– I brought my old camera instead of my good one… but I was happy with this photo– enough to share it here!

Photo taken August 26, 2014

“Damn this traffic jam… how I hate to be late… it hurts my motor to go so slow… time I get home my supper’ll be cold. Damn this traffic jam…”

“Traffic Jam” – James Taylor (1977)

Another bridge icon in northeastern Ohio spanning east and west over the Cuyahoga River Valley. The Valley View Bridge, better known as the I-480 Bridge, was opened in 1977 and connects eastern and western suburbs of Cleveland. It consists of two parallel sections 4,150 feet in length. The bridge rises 212 feet above the river valley below.

Photo taken December 30, 2013

“…Let every heart prepare Him room…”

“Joy to the World” – Nat King Cole (1960)

Public Square, in downtown Cleveland at Christmas time… a blessed time of year. The lights around the Square will put even the staunchest “Grinch” into the Christmas spirit!

Photos taken December 19, 2013

“…yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light… The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight…”

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” – Elvis Presley (1957)

Christmas Season in the Industrial Flats of Cleveland…

Photo taken December 5, 2013

“Sleep with one eye open, grippin’ your pillow tight… exit light, enter night… Take my hand… we’re off to never never-land…”

“Enter Sandman” – Metallica (1991)

Pictured: The mysterious, dilapidated, old dwelling that hugs against the Friendship Baptist Church at E. 55th Street and Central Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The church was built originally as the Tifereth Israel (The Temple), Jewish synagogue, in 1894. I could find no history on the house.

Photo taken October 4, 2013


“A Swing And a Drive…” – Tom Hamilton, Cleveland Indians Radio Announcer (July 31, 2013)

Jacobs Field
Ontario Street and Carnegie Avenue
Taken from the west bank of the industrial flats
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken September 7, 2013

“Into town on Thursday night.. the girls are pretty and the lights are bright… at least he loves his city..”

“You Gotta Love This City” – The Whitlams (1999)

In Cleveland, there is no short supply of pretty girls to photograph (or to talk to.) This picture was taken in the outdoor beer garden at the Market Garden Brewery and Distillery, the next door neighbor to the West Side Market on West 25th Street in Ohio City. Camille, one of this town’s freshest architects was a good sport about getting her picture taken, and she was fun to talk to… With me for this bar-hopping “happy hour” night out, as well –my best friend, who was in town, visiting from California. A night filled with some great beer, conversation, fine cigars, and late-night street side patio coffee drinking!

Photo taken Thursday, May 2, 2013.

“But what does it matter when you’re out on the town… Rock and roll cities, with a pizza to go…”

“Rock and Roll Cities” – The Kinks (1986)

Ohio City Pizza–some of the best, in my opinion, in the City of Cleveland. Located at 3223 Lorain Avenue, in the near-westside neighborhood of Ohio City. I used to eat OCP on a weekly basis when I lived in Ohio City back in the mid 90’s. The shop was located at it’s original location at Fulton and Bridge Avenues, back then. I was worried that the sauce wouldn’t be the same, this time around, many years later… The sauce was THE BEST, and fortunately some things never change, thank God! (And they say “you can never go back!” when you move away…) Ohio City Pizzeria was definitely worth making a stop at on this night out on the town!

Photo taken May 4, 2013

“…I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee… Clouds in my coffee, and…”

“You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon (1972)

Late night coffee
Koffie Cafe
Ohio City
2521 Market Ave
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken May 2, 2013

“Take a picture you could never recreate…”

“Trojans” – Atlas Genius (2012)

The West Side Market was built in 1912–and this is one of the ways that the city of Cleveland celebrated the majestic old building’s 100th birthday. I spent the afternoon and evening walking the streets of Ohio City, that day– in and out of bars and restaurants, partaking in the libations, and admiring how far this area had come. An urban rebirth… a neighborhood with charm and grit and history that has been pulled from the wreckage of what was and what could have been… The side streets off of West 25th Street in walking distance to the market, all freckled with restored 150 year old homes… with bakeries and coffee shops and bistros in the surround. City life, the romantic version. Before moving to Omaha, Nebraska, I lived here back in the mid 1990’s. And I am going to do my best to find a place here once again.

Photo taken June 12, 2012

“The core is creamy, docile and dreamy…”

“Volcano” by Presidents of the United States of America (POTUSA) (1996)

Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Ave.
Tremont neighborhood – near west side
Cleveland, Ohio

Photos taken June 27, 2003

“Silver bells… silver bells.. It’s Christmas time in the city…”

Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken December 16, 2012


Downtown at night
Atlanta, Georgia

Photo taken December 4, 2004

“Talk of the Town”

“Talk of the Town” – The Pretenders (1980)

A burgeoning hub of night life “shiekness” in Downtown Cleveland… East 4th Street between Euclid and Superior Avenues. At the top-center, on Superior, is Quicken Loans Arena where the NBA pro basketball franchise, Cleveland Cavaliers, play home contests. This picture was taken on a Saturday night, in front of the old Arcade on Euclid Avenue.

Photo taken October 12, 2012

“Light of the World…”

“Forever Reign” – Hillsong (2012)

Taken on a 2001 business trip to New Orleans… The French Quarter at Christmas time is something really special. Although this statue is lighted year round, as it is here in this photo, seeing it for the first time back then during the Christmas season left an indelible mark on me… something that would “bear fruit” many years later…

The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France
Rear Courtyard
Vieux Carré – French Quarter
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo taken December 2001

“All the world’s a stage”

“All the World’s a Stage” – William Shakespeare

The Stage on Broadway
412 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Photo taken on February 14, 2007

“Ground Control to Major Tom”

“Space Oddity” – David Bowie (1969)

High atop the 1,149-foot tall “Stratosphere” Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A night-time shot of the “X-Scream” ride that jets passengers over the edge for a terrifying birds eye view of downtown Las Vegas!

Photo taken August 11, 2006.

“…gave proof through the night…”

“The Star Spangled Banner (US NATIONAL ANTHEM) – The Cleveland Orchestra (A Concert in Tribute and Remembrance, October 2001, Severance Hall)

Following an outdoor evening performance by the Cleveland Orchestra on
Public Square in downtown… the night sky was illuminated with a spectacular
fireworks display to celebrate America’s Independence Day.

Photo taken July 2, 2012

“Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli…”

“The Chanukah Song” – Adam Sandler (2002, live)

The biggest, baddest, BEST corned beef and pastrami sandwiches on earth!
The Carnegie Delicatessen
854 7th Avenue at 55th Street
New York, New York, 10019

Photo taken July 7, 2005

“…in a city that doesn’t sleep.”

“Theme from New York, New York” – Frank Sinatra (1979)

High atop the Flatotel at 135 West 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.
Photo taken July 2, 2005

Urban Revitalization

Market and West 25th Streets, in the revitalized Ohio City near-west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The West Side Market tower stands poised and dignified, surveying the urban landscape.

Photo taken June 2, 2012