“…everything zen… I don’t think so.”

I would drive by this old terrace apartment complex all the time… “The Emrose” definitely had seen better days.  In a troubled area on Cedar Avenue, in Cleveland’s east side Fairfax neighborhood, the Emrose is just one of too many structures that has fallen into disrepair and left for dead over the years. And for safety reasons, the buildings in this condition all eventually meet the same fate. After photographing the premises the first time, I happened back a few weeks later, and by chance caught the process of demolition.  The Emrose was built in 1907.

A green field now, like so many green plots of land throughout the city, where structures from yesterday once stood.

The Emrose Terrace Apartments complex was designed by Architect Edward E. Smith.

Smith was born in Cleveland in 1869 and attended Central High School. After high school he learned the craft of design working as a draftsman under Architect Fenimore C. Bate until 1889. Like Mr. Bate, Edward E. Smith began designing apartment and terraces throughout the City of Cleveland.

Most of the over 50 buildings and homes that were designed by Smith have been demolished over the years. But a few still do exist.

(above) The “Lucretia” Terrace Apartments built in 1905 at 4301 Woodbine, in Cleveland’s Ohio City Neighborhood.

(above) A private residence at 10324 Lake Avenue, on the city’s northwest side designed by Smith and built in 1925.

(above) At the intersection of Central Avenue and East 73rd Street, an Edward E. Smith designed Terrace building built in 1904.

(above) A Smith designed apartment building built in 1908, at 11201 Hessler Road, near the campus of Case-Western Reserve University.

(above) Just one block north of where The Emrose once stood, the beautiful Monticello apartment building sits at 7102 Carnegie Avenue, built in 1899, and designed by Edward E. Smith.

Etched into the foundation stone of the Monticello: the building’s architect, Edward E. Smith.

“Everything Zen” – BUSH (1995)

Photo of Edward E. Smith from the March 1905 edition of “The Ohio Architect and Builder”

Other Photos taken:
August 5,6, 2015
September 28, 2015
September 30, 2015
October 2, 2015
February 2, 2016
August 2, 2016
September 15, 2016


RNC 2016 CLE: “It’s a God awful job, but it’s gotta be done… protecting the soul of America…”

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams

 and radio talk show host, Alex Jones


“Soul Of America” – Ian Hunter (2007)

(67 Photos)

The Republican National Convention came to Cleveland this week, and I could not be more proud of my city. Thank you to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and the officers he leads, as well as the hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country who came to Cleveland this week to help make this a safe, demonstrative, and enjoyable event. Thank you also to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and the local and RNC Planning committees. The city was prepared, organized, and shining! I went down to Public Square and East 6th Street on Tuesday, where much of the outdoor activities took place. There were demonstrators of all ilks and persuasions, as well as thousands of Convention attendees taking in our fair city. The feedback that I have read has been overwhelmingly and greatly positive. I made sure to thank the law enforcement officers that I came across, just for being there and for keeping everyone safe. Proud to be a Clevelander!

Photos taken July 12, 16, and 19, 2016

“…Let there be guitar… and there was guitar… LET THERE BE ROCK…”

“Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC (1978, Live @ the Apollo Theatre)

(5 photos)

Cleveland Rocks at the construction site of the new I-90 bridge across the Flats, that will sooth some of the east-west traffic woes in and out of downtown.

Photos taken May 20, 2015

“I’m taking a ride with my best friend…”

“Never Let Me Down Again” – Depeche Mode (1987)

A man and his dog stuck in traffic on the I-90 inner-belt, in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken September 26, 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

“This freeze-frame moment can’t be wrong…”

“Freeze-Frame” – J. Geils Band (1982)

Walking on a frozen Lake Erie, at Edgewater Park on Cleveland’s near-west side.

Photo taken March 11, 2014

“It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll…”

“It’s a Long Way to the Top (if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll) – AC/DC (1975)

In the Mill Stream Run Reservation section of the Cleveland Metroparks, in Strongsville, Ohio– the toboggan ice chutes.

Photo taken February 15, 2014


Justo Saborit – Dona’s Dream (2008)

Native of both Havana Cuba and Cleveland’s west side… Justo Saborit, playing his infamous “Latin Soul,” two years ago at Cleveland’s International Exposition Center.

Photo taken February 11, 2012

“Living on a lighted stage approaches the unreal… for those who think and feel…”

“Limelight” – RUSH (1981)

A mural on the west-facing wall of the historic Karamu House theater at E. 89th Street, in Cleveland’s east side Fairfax neighborhood. The person depicted in the mural is famed alumnus of the Karamu House, actress Ruby Dee. The 40-by-36-foot mural was completed in July of 2013 by nationally acclaimed muralist Kent Twitchell, with help from several local artists and volunteers.

Photo taken January 31, 2014.

“Rollin’ down the hill, snowballin’ gettin’ bigger…”

“Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” – Beastie Boys (1989)

At Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort
Peninsula, OH

Photos taken January 18, 2014

“…You didn’t know it… now you do… this is the way… we move.”

“The Way We Move” – Langhorne Slim & the Law (2013)

“Tsamiko,” the traditional Greek dance where style and attitude is King! Here, a dancer dressed in authentic “Fustanella,” performs the trade-mark Tsamiko high kick with precision and grace.

This performance was part of a Summertime Festival Celebration at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland.

Photo taken August 25, 2013

“Heads will roll and rock tonight… For those about to rock, we salute you…”

“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” – AC/DC (1981)

The all-star line-up for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team, photo taken circa 1992-93, at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium (demolished). From left to right, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, and Jim Thome.

Tonight, the current edition of Cleveland Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays at Jacobs Field in Cleveland– the American League “Wild Card” game. The winner earns the right to enter into the play-off tournament to crown an American League Champion, and eventually a 2013 Major League Baseball World Series Champion.

Coincidentally, I lived in the Tampa Bay area for 9 years and followed the Rays quite closely during that time. Born and bred in Cleveland, and now back as a resident, there is no question which team I want to “Rock” tonight. GO TRIBE!!

“…I don’t mind sentimental girls at times… Miss don’t walk away.. walk away…”

“Supersoaker” – Kings of Leon (2013)

Three images of many, from the “Taste of Lincoln Avenue Festival 2013″ on the North side of Chicago between Fullerton Avenue and Wrightwood Avenue. A street fair with live music of all kinds, artisan exhibits, beer, and local culinary fare. At the tail end of my visit to Chicago… a great way to close-out an extraordinary experience!

Photos taken July 28, 2013

“I… love to feel the rain in the summertime… I love to feel the rain on my face…”

“Rain in the Summertime” – The Alarm (1987)

Two photos of the Crown Fountain, in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Interactive. High-Technological. Wonderful on a hot summer day…

Photos taken July 28, 2013

“I got soul but I’m not a soldier…”

“All These Things That I’ve Done” – THE KILLERS (2004)

A street musician with a very “soulful” sounding saxophone… on the corner of Adams Street and Michigan Avenue, on the near-north side of Chicago, Illinois.

Photos taken July 28, 2013

“I stood stone-like at midnight… suspended in my masquerade. I combed my hair ’til it was just right, and commanded the night brigade”

“Growin’ Up” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1978, live from the Cleveland Agora, with the “infamous” story)

At the Gordon Square Street Festival
Detroit Avenue near W. 65th Street
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken June 8, 2013

“…a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore…”

“The Raven” – Edgar Allan Poe (1848)

“The Raven” as read by James Earl Jones (1990)

On a Saturday night, at the XYZ Tavern, in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District–on the near west side of Cleveland… A brief encounter– beautiful artwork on the arms of a stunning, albeit, mysterious young woman with shimmering, long jet black hair… I wrote her name down, but lost that scrap of paper later in the evening.

EDIT: Thank you Chelsea, for remembering the name of this site and dropping me a comment! Your body artwork is beautiful… the photo doesn’t do it justice. And thank you for allowing me to photograph you!

Photo taken June 8, 2013

“So if you’re ever feeling down, grab you’re purse and take a taxi to the darker side of town… that’s where we’ll be…”

“Let’s Dance to Joy Division” – The Wombats (2007)

Inside the original location of Emos on 6th Street, in downtown Austin, Texas.. a punk bar where many fantastic shows were put on… Johnny Cash even played there during the South by Southwest Music Festival! Austin, Texas definitely– “The Live Music Capital” of the world, with much credit given to places like Emos for this distinction!

Photo taken May 27, 2001

“She was a long cool woman in a black dress, just a 5’9″ beautiful, tall… but just one look I was a bad mess… ’cause that long cool woman had it all…”

“Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)” – The Hollies (1972)

Spray paint stencil amateur artwork on a construction wall outside the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Photo taken September 28, 2012

“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.

“LOVE is all you need…”

“All You Need is Love” – The Beatles (1967)

The entrance and box office area to the Mirage Hotel theater in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Cirque du Soleil show “LOVE”–the homage to the Beatles. My first time experiencing a Cirque show… it really was magic! And the remastered, reworked Beatles music was a phenomenal complement to the stunning acrobatics and pageantry of the stage performance.

Photo taken August 14, 2006


“Heigh-Ho (it’s off to work we go) – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney, 1937)

Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida

Photo taken January 26, 2006

“…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

“Mr. Garfield’s been shot down, shot down, shot down… Mr. Garfield’s been shot down low”

“Mr. Garfield” – Johnny Cash (1965)

The President James A. Garfield Monument and Crypt
Lake View Cemetery – Cleveland, Ohio
Architect: George Keller
Architecture: Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles
Construction begun in 1885
Dedicated in 1890
Constructed of Berea Sandstone
Height: 180 ft.
The caskets of the President and Lucretia Garfield on display – the only U.S. President whose casket can be publicly viewed.

Photos taken April 27, 2013

“Life can be so sweet… on the sunny side of the street”

“On the Sunny Side of the Street” – Louis Armstrong (1938)

French Quarter street musician
New Orleans, Louisiana

Photos taken July 1, 2001

“May your path be the sound of your feet upon the ground”

“Carry On” – FUN. (2012)

On my birthday last year… On a path in the Rocky River Reservation – Cleveland Metroparks.

Photo taken April 20, 2012

“A moment like a poem, you wish you could hold it… I shut my eyes like it’s frozen, it’s gone when I open”

“Undeniable” – Matt Kearney (2006)

Gispert Maduro – Londsdale, cigar
South Chagrin Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Photo taken September 5, 2012

“…Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail…”


At the Chagrin Falls Metroparks
Photo taken September 5, 2012

“I thought I told you to leave me… while I walked down to the beach…”

“Blue Monday” – NEW ORDER (1983)

The beach at the Atlantis Resort
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Photo taken March 19, 2003

“I will listen hard to your tuition… and you will see it come to its fruition…”

“Wrapped Around Your Finger” – The Police

Cuyahoga Community College – Metro Campus
Looking north toward downtown
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken February 6, 2013

“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

“Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”

“Love is a canvas…” by François-Marie Arouet known by his pen name: Voltaire

National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon
“Voltaire with a Perruque” (1778)
Marble bust

Photo taken March 19, 2006

“One hit to the body… Sure went straight to the mark”

“One Hit to the Body” – The Rolling Stones (1986)

Captain America Diner
Marvel Super Hero Island
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Orlando, Florida

Photo taken April 3, 2003

Thank You

Marine Week
East 9th Street Pier
Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken June 14, 2012

Last Thursday, while waiting to get my hair cut, I sat and listened as this very old, and frail man sat chatting in the barbers chair. He spoke quietly, but purposefully… intermittently. About the election and the direction of our country… He was talking about the military some personal recollections of his time of service. As he got up to leave, he mentioned that he had served under Admiral Chester Nimetz, the Five Star Admiral over the Pacific Fleet in World War II. The gentleman was a WW II veteran! I was mesmerized.. The number of vets from “The Good War” that are left are becoming fewer and fewer. At the end of our talk, I looked the man in the eyes, shook his hand, and thanked him– for serving bravely. For serving in the defense of our country. Too few among us can say that we have served our country…

He smiled, nodded, and slowly walked out the door. It was such an honor to meet this man and hear his remembrances.

I thank him… and I thank all of the other veterans who have served and sacrificed to protect the freedom of this great nation of ours. God Bless you all.[/caption]

“…’cause I… wanna be… anarchy”

“Anarchy in the UK” – The Sex Pistols (live, 1976)

Sixth Street
Austin, Texas

Photo taken September 29, 2001

“…oh Lord I want to be in that number…”

“When the Saints Go Marching In” – Louis Armstrong

Dixieland Jazz
in The Vieux Carré
New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo taken March 18, 2005

Acid Blondie

“ACID BLONDIE” – Drew Estate

Photo taken February 4, 2012

“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

“Put me in coach.. I’m ready to play”

“Center Field” – John Fogerty (1985)

First Tee Ball Game
Parma, Ohio

Photo taken June 23, 2005

“Flying High Again”

“Flying High Again” – Ozzy Osborne (1981)

The Gulf of Mexico coast along the shores of Honeymoon Island.
Dunedin, Florida

Photo taken May 29, 2011

“…just around the corner to the light of day”

“Light of Day” – Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox (1987, From the Movie of the same title)

148 Middle Avenue
Elyria, Ohio

Photo taken February 4, 2012

“Ramble On”

“Ramble On” – Led Zeppelin (1969)

At a table at the Sunset Grille
Whiskey Island
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken August 17, 2012

“…take the cannoli.”

“Leave the gun… take the cannoli.” – from the movie “The Godfather” (1972)

Presti’s Italian Bakery and Cafe
Established in 1943
12101 Mayfield Road
Little Italy
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken September 28, 2012

The Sponger

Tarpon Springs, Florida
Photo taken March 8, 2003

“Reflection is a flower of the mind…”

“Reflection is a flower…” – Desiderius Erasmus

At the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Photo taken March 27, 2012

“Sittin’ on the dock of the bay…”

“(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” – Otis Redding (1967)

Smoking a Drew EstateAcid Cold Infusion Tea” cigar with Blondie, on my birthday, in the Rocky River Reservation Metroparks, near Cleveland, Ohio… Everything was perfect that day!

Photo taken on April 20, 2012

“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.


Barton Springs Reservoir
Austin, Texas

Photo taken July 1999

“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

“Time Won’t Let Me…”

“Time Won’t Let Me” – The Outsiders (1966)

Photo taken April 20, 2012

“…Where to Draw the Line”

“Draw the Line” – AEROSMITH (1977)

An artist practices his craft at the Clearwater Beach-fest.
Clearwater Beach, Florida

Photo taken April 30, 2005


Everett Covered Bridge
2370 Everett Rd.
Boston Twp.,
Peninsula, OH 44264

Photo taken March 10, 2012

Eerie Lake

Huntington Beach Reserve – Cleveland Metroparks
Lake Erie
Bay Village, Ohio

Photo taken March 22, 2012