Monday, August 31, 2009

Manhattan Ave

Typical New York street signs give mixed signals: Walk that way, one way the other way, no parking today, no parking tomorrow, no parking ever.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cracker plate by Max Barnhart

Cracker cousins having a little get-together.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cast Iron Crucible and Cracker

Iron melts at 2800 °F. Pewter melts at 450 °F. If Momma Donna tossed her cracker into that crucible it would explode like an ice cube in hot tea. Unlike the ice cube, the cracker would vanish in a puff of pewter steam. This iron casting foundry is in Tennessee and still in operation.

Friday, August 28, 2009

A tree grows in Brooklyn (crack and cracker III)

After dropping off some items at the electroplater in Brooklyn, I noticed a tree growing in the crack of the side walk. Eat your heart out, Betty Smith! This is one tough tree, just like the residents of BKLN.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

That's a load of bull crack (crack and cracker II)

Thank you Jim Gland for the original Crack and Cracker a.k.a. the Liberty Bell. This is a good number two — I mean "Crack and Cracker II."

Wall street is having barbeque for this bull. Hope the bear goes to hibernate soon.

Which end do you like better?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Peace and cracker by Max Barnhart

I like how Elvis wrote it and Nick Lowe sang it: "What's so funny 'bout peace, love, & understanding?"

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Patsy's Pizza on 118th St (the original)

When my studio was in East Harlem (they turned it into condos) I would go to Patsy's almost every day and get a slice as a snack. They have a coal-fired oven that gives a great flavor to the pizza. It's one of 4 ovens in NYC that still run on coal. Definitely go to 118th Street and 1st Ave when you visit NYC.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Plumbing Cracker

This sink wouldn't leave. It was evicted and tried to squat. The cracker showed it the door.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lily Pad Cracker

A cracker for the Frog Prince.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Moby Me

E.T. want a cracker?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Help is on the way

I never want to see this light lit up while I'm in the little box on cables.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Doris' CAT scan

Doris is a cancer survivor. She took her pewter wishbone with her to the follow-up CAT scan for good luck. The picture shows her and her doctor, who had just given her the good news: "This picture was taken right after my doctor told me I was ok!!!!" Here's to many more cancer free years Doris. Good to have you with us.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Magic Hat sends their love for Pewter Saltines

To all the rock star fans
Written by Steve the Voice
Monday, 03 March 2008
So, you must already know that great stuff comes out of Magic Hat...I'm talking about beer here people. But, I think what some folks don't realize-what they don't get to see-is that there's some pretty rad stuff that comes back to us, too.

Daily I receive letters filled with adoration and experiences, thank you notes, pictures of families and pets, maps, collages, drawings, top 10 lists, stickers...someone even sent me a ring once. The coolest package of late, however, was sent to me by a man named Herbert Hoover as a thank you. I got it in the mail today, a small white bubble-wrap mailer, black sharpie writing on the front, addressed to me.

"Hey Meech, Thanks for the goodies! Best, Herb." That's what the note said and along with it was a pewter cracker. Yes, a pewter cracker. It's actually very realistic and apparently there's a huge following of Herb's work (which you can check out at and the more and more I look at it, the more I grow to like it.

Herb and I spoke on the phone before this cracker ever entered my life and we discussed our respective names and how people either questioned our "truthiness" (to quote Colbert) or completely fumbled the pronunciation. Regardless, I thought he was nice so I sent him an extra gift with the shirt he won and this is what I received in return.

Point of the story: Magic Hat fans rock. You all completely rule and show us nothing but devotion and love and, what more could we ask for? For all those folks who've taken the time to write a note, send a gift, e-mail feedback, vote in our contests, read our newsletter, come to our events, spread the word, and just think warm thoughts...THANK YOU!!!!

If you have cool stuff to share, feel free to mail it to us and perhaps your goodies will be shown on our site.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

St John's Arched Doorway

Amazingly, this is NOT the main entrance. It's a side door. No wonder this church isn't finished yet.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

3 wise guys

Momma owl puts her wings around her babies.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Koren at the Museum of Natural History XIII

Watch your purse. This guy has long arms and talons.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Elephants remember crackers

Elephants will do tricks for a saltine.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Koren at the Museum of Natural History XII

Frog in a corner at 81st Street B & C stop. I would have loved to do our bathroom like this.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sun sculpture

This is the back side of the crab from Hell. You can see its legs.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Koren at the Museum of Natural History XI

Reptiles love saltines.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bird in Hand

Two different versions of bird in hand at St John's.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Koren at the Museum of Natural History X

New York City subway art under the Museum of Natural History. He looks poisonous.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cockatiel at St John's

You are what you eat. Polly want an alloy?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Koren at the Museum of Natural History IX

Who needs a golden apple when you have a pewter saltine?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bronze Monkey at St John's

Who needs bananas?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bear-Duck at St John's

This bear-duck is using the cracker to shield her cub-ducklings from the garish sun.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Noah's Ark at St John

Is it supposed to rain this weekend?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Columbia cracker

The main campus of Columbia University.