I love staircases and stairwells, especially when they are old and beautiful like this one. I wish that there was a coffee-table book devoted to stairwell photography. I would buy it. Click any photo to enlarge:
This is, obviously, a sunbathing squirrel. He was chilling out in Tompkins Square Park. I was there to get tips from the hobos about how to survive in the Park if I don’t get a freaking job pretty soon. Anyway, the squirrel was interesting to me because I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a squirrel sitting still for more than a few seconds. Doesn’t he look cute? I love squirrels. I think they are awesome! I wonder if they have soft fur.
This is a water fountain erected by a Temperance Movement organization in Tompkins Square Park. I found it by accident, but I recognized what it was when I saw it. The Temperance Movement contributed a lot of public water fountains all over the nation. They wanted to give thirsty people the option of getting a drink without having to set foot in a saloon. I believe the aim was twofold: to give people the option of having a free, non-alcoholic beverage, and to keep them–especially women and children–from being exposed to the ‘degeneracy’ in bars. If you look around, there is probably a Temperance Movement water fountain in your community. They’re all over the place if you know how to look. Pretty neat, if you’re a history geek!