Crystal Restaurant

Crystal Restaurant
Former neon sign for Crystal Restaurant at 87 Public Square in Watertown, New York. Opened in 1925, it’s the oldest restaurant in Watertown. Dennis and Jerry Valanos owned the restaurant until 1943, when it was purchased by their head chef, Otto Dephtereos. Today, Peter (Otto’s grandson) and Libby Dephtereos manage the restaurant. A Prohibition-era advertisement for “All Legal Beverages” still appears in the window.
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Danny’s Diner in Binghamton, New York

Danny’s Diner, at 151 Main Street in Binghamton, New York, is a classic Sterling model from 1939. According to Roadfood.com, “Danny’s is very popular today, due in large part, we’re sure, to the efforts of owner Pam, whose personality is a perfect complement to Danny’s. Danny and Pam were once married, and when that marriage ended, Danny’s became Pam’s (in ownership, if not in name).”

Red Robin Diner Revisited

I first came across this old diner at the corner of Main and Broad streets in Johnson City, New York last winter. It was closed then, but looks like it’s reopened. The Red Robin Diner, at 268 Main Street, is a classic Mountain View-style diner that originally opened in neighboring Binghamton in 1950 and moved to its present location in 1959. The 35-ton diner took two hours to move. Chris and Pat Anagnostakos ran the business for 37 years until retirement. I love everything about this place, from the vintage 7-Up sign to the neon lights and chrome exterior.

Faux-Vintage Photos from Gettysburg

Devil's Den
Devil’s Den at the Battle of Gettysburg was an inhospitable place for regular troops, but not for sharpshooters, who hid among the boulders.

I got creative with these photos from my recent trip to Gettysburg National Military Park, editing them in a vintage style in Adobe Lightroom. I like the way they turned out and feel encouraged to be a little more artistic with the way I edit my photos. What do you think?

Virginia Monument at Gettysburg
The Virginia Monument at Gettysburg memorializes Virginians who fought at the battle. A bronze statue of Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller stands at the top, facing the field of Pickett’s Charge. Erected in 1917.

An Afternoon at Labrador Hollow and Tinker Falls

Labrador Hollow Unique Area is located in Cortland and Onondaga counties, New York. Labrador Pond and Tinker Falls are two unique features in this conservation area, which is a steep-walled glacial valley. There is a two-mile trail leading to an overlook over the 50-foot high falls.