Monthly Archives: January 2009

Europa Pizzeria & Bakery – Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

6421 20th Avenue © Frank H. Jump

6421 20th Avenue © Frank H. Jump

Europa Pizzeria in Bensonhurst has wood-fired brick oven pizza & a full Italian bakery on premises. The menu consists of very reasonably priced specialty pizzas in small & large sizes plus a full menu of Italian appetizers, salads, classic Italian entrees & pasta dishes. The Quattro Stagione pizza has fresh roasted artichokes, Parma ham, black olives & and is by far the best meal around for the price. Buon appetito! 718-232-7206  Tell them Enzo & Frank sent you!

Visit the Europa Ristorante Website for a full menu.

Wood-fired oven.

Wood-fired brick oven. © Frank H. Jump

Spacious dining room perfect for events.

Spacious dining room perfect for events. © Frank H. Jump

Café & Bakery in the back with a full line of desserts. © Frank H. Jump

Café & Bakery in the back with a full line of desserts. © Frank H. Jump

Tiramisú Cake © Frank H. Jump

Tiramisú Cake © Frank H. Jump

It is characterized by the presence of the triskelion (trinacria) in its middle, the (winged) head of Medusa and three wheat ears. - Wikipedia © Frank H. Jump

The flag of Sicily is characterized by the presence of the triskelion (trinacria) in its middle, the (winged) head of Medusa and three wheat ears. - Wikipedia © Frank H. Jump

A Bensonhurst Pigeon © Frank H. Jump

A Bensonhurst Pigeon outside the doorway of the restaurant entrance on 65th Street © Frank H. Jump

More Pigeons & Reasons Why We Live Here – Times Square, NYC

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Times Square – formerly Longacre Square

Longacre Square New York City 1880  The island plot at corner of 42nd St and Broadway in 1880, now occupied by the Times building, after the demolition of the Pabst restaurant and brownstone houses.  Valentines Manual of Old New York / No. 7, page 123, Ed. Henry Collins Brown, Pub. Valentines Manual Inc. copyright 1922- Wikipedia

Longacre Square New York City 1880 "The island plot at corner of 42nd St and Broadway in 1880, now occupied by the 'Times' building, after the demolition of the Pabst restaurant and brownstone houses." Valentine's Manual of Old New York / No. 7, page 123, Ed. Henry Collins Brown, Pub. Valentine's Manual Inc. copyright 1922- Wikipedia

ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News’ Marcus Solis Goes Underground

ICP

Marcus Solis is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists - ICP Trip - © FHJ

Marcus Solis’ Bio on 7online.com

Eastern Terminals – Jersey City, NJ

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Bernard Trucking Corp – Jersey City, NJ

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

School of the International Center of Photography

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Check out our trip to ICP!

Importers of Wholesale Sausage? – Esteve Packing Corporation – Hugh King & Co. Building 1881 – Home of MTV’s Real World – 630-632 Hudson Street, NYC

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

According to Tracie Rozhon’s New York Times article, Habitats/632 Hudson Street; Restuffing the Sausage – published: January 23, 1994: the four-story, 8,000-square-foot building erected in 1847 between Jane and Horatio Streets by the heirs of Richard Towning.

A CAST-IRON cornice bearing the name of the produce merchant Hugh King was placed across 632 and its twin, 630 Hudson, in 1881.

The Esteve family bought the building during World War II to make candy, according to Edward V. Esteve, a Long Island lawyer. You couldn’t get torrone, a Spanish nougat, during the war, so we started making it,” he said. – NY Times

The Esteve family purchased the building during World War II with the intentions to begin producing candy. The family switched to sausage in the mid-1950’s. By the 1960’s the canned chorizo was carried all over the world. Maria Esteve closed the sausage business in 1983, but refused to sell the building, hoping to launch another business, possibly a restaurant. It wasn’t until her death in March 1993 that the family was able to sell the building.¹

Other links to 632 Hudson Street:

Perth Amboy Cocks – Dutch Boy Paints – Perth Amboy, NJ

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

These fowl were along side a warehouse with this view.

Aleph – Year of the Ox – Hebrew Typewriter – West 15th Street – NYC

Aleph

Aleph

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

PS: Vincenzo is selling this if anyone is interested.

Other alephs:

Aleph

Aleph

  • Aleph is thought to be derived from the West Semitic word for “ox“, and the shape of the letter derives from a Proto-Sinaitic glyph based on a hieroglyph depicting an ox’s head, . – Wikipedia

Democrat Daniel Dromm for New York City Council

Endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers

Endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers

Vote in this years election for Daniel Dromm for NYC Council.

Vote in this year's election for Daniel Dromm for NYC Council.

Vincenzo Aiosa, Daniel Dromm & Frank Jump

Vincenzo Aiosa, Daniel Dromm & Frank Jump

Contribute to the Daniel Dromm for NYC Council Campaign!

Willy Jump & Amy Ashworth – PFLAG Moms from Nederland

NYC Gay Pride March 1992

NYC Gay Pride March 1992

Parents of Gays  briefly became POLAGM – (Parents of Lesbians & Gay Men) & ultimately PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays). My suggestion to the PFLAG board one year to follow our course of reflecting inclusion in our organization’s name was to call ourselves PFLABAGASTER – Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Bisexuals & Gays & Sometimes Transgendered. They didn’t go for it.

My mother, Willy Jump, first marched with me at the National Gay & Lesbian March on Washington in 1979, of which I was part of the planning in 1978 in Philadelphia as representative of Gay People at Queens College. We went backstage to meet some of the National POG parents and NYC parents, Amy Ashworth being the woman my mom was drawn to immediately since they look like sisters (and later became as close as sisters). I also met the British gay rock & roller Tom Robinson, with whom I became pen-pals for a year and later visited in London in 1980.

1980 was my Mom’s first NYC  Gay & Lesbian March. I had been marching with my girlfriend from John Adams High School, Elaine Calenda since 1976 (the Bi-Centennial Summer of Love). I told my mom to meet me on the corner of  Bedford & Christopher Streets an hour before the march actually begun it’s illegal lurch uptown towards Central Park- thinking it wouldn’t be that crowded yet. I’m not sure when the first legally obtained permit for the march was but it was a march until it became a parade.

So here I am looking for my Mom amongst the throngs of leather queens, drag queens, dykes on bikes and twinks screaming, “MOM!  MOM?” on a nearby lightpost that I had climbed up. Almost immediately this handsome older guy with an impish smile and  a little space between his teeth came up to me and tugged my pantleg shouting over the din in an incredibly coarse voice that seemed incongruous to his appearance – putting his fingernail up to his mouth to hide his incredulity- “You really aren’t looking for your MOM but some big queen you call MOM – right?” No- I said, slowly realizing to whom I was responding. “I really am looking for my Mom.”

Then in rapid fire breathy dragon voice that sputtered like a typewriter on steroids – “OH MY GOD! If my mother would just even acknowledge my being gay let alone come march with me! COME MARCH WITH ME? I could just die right now and go to heaven. Do you know how lucky you are? I have to meet this WOMAN! MOM! MOM! MOM!”

And almost as soon as he had appeared , so did my mother “Hi Frankie. Who is your friend?” “This is the infamous Harvey Fierstein” I proudly exclaimed (“Points! Points! You are scoring here Harvey raspily whispered”)- “and this is my mother, Willy Jump,”  I continued.  Harvey grabbed my mother around the neck and planted a wet one on her cheeks.

Coincidentally, the two of them would run into each other for the next decade at LGBT events and panel discussions. I ran into Harvey repeatedly over the years from book signings to rides on the subway while he was going to the theatre to perform Torch Song-  to spotting him on Parade floats – always with a warm greeting “HOW’S YOUR MOTHER?”

Harvey! Mother is fine! She says hello!

PFLAG Annual Dinner 1985

PFLAG Annual Dinner 1985

International Gay Games Amsterdam 1996

International Gay Games Amsterdam 1996

PFLAG Annual Dinner 2006

PFLAG Annual Dinner 2005

PFLAG Annual Dinner 2005

PFLAG Annual Dinner 2005

The Last Pariah: Prayers for Bobby; the Pope; Gays in Iran & Ethiopia; & Our Troops Here & Overseas

Lifetime

Lifetime

pa⋅ri⋅ah /pəˈraɪə/ [puh-rahy-uh] –noun

  1. an outcast.
  2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
  3. (initial capital letter) a member of a low caste in southern India and Burma.

Origin:
1605–15; < Tamil paraiyar, pl. of paraiyan lit., drummer (from a hereditary duty of the caste), deriv. of parai a festival drum

We are the last pariah.

All over the world gays and lesbians are facing the cruel reality that they will never be accepted by their societies in their lifetimes.

  • Gay men and lesbians in Islamic countries face torture and death. Two young gay men were hanged in Iran in 2005.

Gays hanged in Iran in 2005.

by GILES FRASER]

The Christmas angel tells us: ”Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy for all people.” The Pope, on the other hand, has been using this Christmas season to spread entirely the opposite message, a message of fear and exclusion that seems more bad news than good.

For, apparently, gay people threaten the planet in a comparable way to the destruction of the rainforest. I guess the idea is that if we all were gay, then we wouldn’t be making any babies. Yes, it’s a bit like saying that if we all were to become celibate priests we wouldn’t be making any babies either. Except that would mean the Catholic church has itself become a threat to the planet. OK, that’s a cheap shot. – Fraser

Ethiopian Flag

Ethiopian Flag

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Religious leaders in Ethiopia on Monday urged lawmakers to amend the country’s constitution to ban homosexuality in a move they argue could further strengthen existing codes.At a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, nearly a dozen religious figures, including heads of Ethiopia’s Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, adopted a resolution against homosexuality, which they termed as “the pinnacle of immorality.”

With the Prop 8 and similar measures passing in other parts of America, many suffered from anti-gay violence in 2008 & statistics show rise in reported hate-based crimes.

Tonight, Prayers for Bobby airs on Lifetime and portrays the true story of Bobby Griffith a young gay man who struggles with his homosexuality and his ultra-religious mother – and ultimately commits suicide. But that’s not how the story ends. I was excited to see my old ACT-UP friend Dan Butler (Friends) play a sympathetic priest who directs Bobby’s mother Mary Griffith (played by Sigourney Weaver) to a P-FLAG group in this TV movie.

Young gays & lesbians are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. If you are a young person who is struggling with their sexuality, you are not alone. If you are a parent of a young LGBT child – love them, don’t shun them. If you are having trouble dealing with your child, seek help. Call P-FLAG. Then once you have “picked yourself up and dusted yourself off” call your local Congressperson or Representative to support LGBT causes. In what our President calls “The New Era of Responsibility,” it is up to us to make homophobia a thing of the past.

Now I need to run to find and scan my pictures of my mother and I marching with P-FLAG from 1979 – 2006. My mom has taken a break from marching since many of her old friends in the organization are now gone or too old to march. I’ll be posting these pics and more ACT-UP pics over the next few days.

Mail Pouch Tobacco – Layton, NJ – Just over the Dingman’s Ferry Bridge

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Southern Railway – Richmond, VA

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

The Art of Richard McBee @ the Chassid Art Institute – 375 Kingston – Crown Heights, Brooklyn

© Richard McBee

Akeida - 1996 30" x 32 " - Until February 22nd 2009 © Richard McBee

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Joseph & Potifar's Wife (2002) - 20" x 16" oil on canvas - (not exhibited) © Richard McBee