Wood Siding

A couple of old houses

The late 18 c. or early 19th 121 Charles Street (link: brick underground.com) has a fascinating history. GVHS also has an excellent write-up on 121 Charles Street.

Ac cross the street from 121 is a building with a huge roof garden. I love how it spills over the walls.

132 Charles Street was built in the 1899. Both these old houses have wooden sidings, as do a only a few others in Greenwich Village.

Lonely Streets

Seeing the shops boarded up and few people around it feels almost deserted. I thought it strange to see the cellist returned to his usual spot pre-pandemic.

Westbeth for artists is also in the Village. Part of the old High Line is shown here. Check out the link for history.

Charles lane is near the Hudson River in Greenwich Village. “Only one tangible remnant of the Newgate Prison still exists today, the narrow, sidewalk-absented Charles Lane, which marked the northern boundary of the prison property. It appears on this 1885 map, but the City officially mapped it on official records beginning in 1893, when it gained its unusual brick paving.

Charles and Christopher Streets are named for the same man, Charles Christopher Amos, a landowner who had inherited part of Sir Peter warren’s massive Greenwich Village estate in the colonial era. Unusually, the streets were named Christopher, Amos, Charles going north; Amos was renamed West 10th Street as far back as the 1840s.” (source: Forgotten NY) See the old photos and details in Forgotten NY.

Gov Isl Scenes

There are so many things to do on Governors Island. We rented a surrey and peddled around. I photographed the Commanding Officer’s Quarters and the Fort Jay Theater. We stopped for a picnic. Then climbed the Hills. We ended the day by relaxing in seclusion on the hammocks.


For Memorial Day I honor my dad, Cdr. Theodore (Ted) Hechler, who was at Pearl Harbor during the bombing. His next a tour of duty was in the Pacific. He met my mother in Perth, Australia. She became the first war bride. He later flew PBY’s for the Navy in the Caribbean. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

See more about him on my site at sherryfelix.com/family/hechler-ww2…

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Ted at Annapolis, September 1936

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Ted Hechler post graduation at Annapolis, May 1945

Ensign, Theodore was on the Pheonix at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Noel and Ted’s wedding in Pensecola, January 1, 1943


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Noel (mother) and Sherry, 1949

Cdr. Theodore Hechler, 1957

Tiffany Roman Style

This series of photos taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, shows the similarities between old oxidized Roman glass and Tiffany glass. This is no accident. Tiffany studied Roman glass and loved the iridescence in it and recreated the effects in his work.

Roman glass:

Roman glass composite, Met 1/12/2017
Roman glass composite, Met 1/12/2017

Tiffany glass:

Photographs below courtesy of the Met except for the last one by me.

Louis Comfort Tiffany 1848-1933, son of a prominent New York jeweler, studied art in New York and later in Paris. While in France, he met Emile Galle who was producing art glass in Nancy. Tiffany was influenced by the Art Nouveau, Japanese prints, Middle Eastern art, and ancient Roman pottery.

Upon returning to America, Tiffany continued painting and was also involved in decorative arts. In 1875, he founded Louis Comfort Tiffany and patented his first glass-lustering technique in 1881. Favrile glass, the trademark for Tiffany handmade glass, resulted from these experiments in imitating Roman glass. This lustering technique, with its iridescent effect, involved dissolving salts of metallic oxides in the molten glass, creating soft greens, blues, golds, etc. The metallic content was then brought to the surface by subjecting the glass to a reducing flame and spraying with another chloride. This treatment caused the surface to crackle into a profusion of tiny lines that refracted light.

Tiffany retired in 1918. Nash carried on the business. In 1928, L.C. Tiffany severed all connection with the firm, withdrawing permission to use his name.

I used some of the Roman glass to create this:

Yellowthroat in an Iridescencent Universe 1/24/2014
Yellowthroat in an Iridescencent Universe 1/24/2014