Haven’t posted anything in a (long) while. I originally took this shot because I found it humorous to find a shoe on a roof and thought it might be an interesting shot. After looking at it I realized that maybe it wouldn’t be obvious to everyone else what roof this shoe is on, even though there is a HUGE clue in the background
…so here goes, Where am I? (name the roof and where I was when I took the shot.)
Because the picture pretty much already gives it away, the only clue is I was on the southside when I took this. Where was I?
UPDATE: Within 10 minutes of posting this my friend Lisa posted the answer on Facebook: It is embedded in the sidewalk in front of the old Bethlehem Steel headquarters on 3rd Street. Sorry it only took me 6 weeks or so to update this!
During the heatwave this past weekend Hailey and I went for a walk through the sideside (yes, we are insane) and we stopped to peak in the windows of a new restaurant under construction at 123 West 4th Street near Play It Again Records. What immediately caught my eye were the two antique Singer sewing machine tables converted into small cafe tables and the old pictures leaning against the wall.
Hailey and I were quickly spotted by John Silvestera who took a break from working on the interior of his future restaurant to invite us in for a tour. The place was really cool. One of the first things I noticed once inside was where the place may have gotten its name…there were a few animal mounted heads on the wall, some with horns. The place has a rustic look, but not in any sort of Cracker Barrel way, definitely much cooler and darker. Aside from the Singer tables in the window there are wooden picnic tables (trust me, it works) and a coffee bar area under-construction. The coffee will be fair trade of course. John also said he was going to have a Chef’s table in the kitchen where lucky diners can get up-close to the action in the kitchen. Chalkboards across the wall in several areas will include the menu, specials, and one black-board is already devoted to defining some of the terms common to sustainable dining. He made his own lighting fixtures.
In the corner there is a big barrel with a vessel sink. John explained that instead of having water bottles people can either bring their own containers for free “super filtered” water or pay a small amount for a cup to fill up. The purpose is to encourage people to think about waste and ways they can be more green. I asked about take-out and the containers he’d be using and he’s on top of it already, it’s all green.
John and Horns are both welcome additions to the southside. In case you missed it, the Express-Times ran a story recently about how John came to the southside after being turned down by Easton. Easton’s loss is definitely our gain.
It was also refreshing to see work being done behind open glass. I wish more people would consider this. I realize it may steal some of the thunder by not having a big reveal once it’s all done but because he didn’t hide behind windows covered in craft-paper or newspaper he gets to interact with future customers now to get the buzz started. I’ve seen tweets since my visit from others who have been invited inside by John for a tour and I think that’s just so smart. I was actually chased off by peaking inside an open door when floors were being redone in the old McCorry’s building on 3rd Street. Really? You’re going to chase curious people away people showing interest before you even open? I just don’t get it.
Ok, sorry, back to Horns. John is hoping to have Horns open in early September. Check out some of pictures I took, though it doesn’t compare to seeing it in person. Go take a walk, look curious, maybe you’ll get a sneak peak too.
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Ok, back to Bethlehem this week. If you follow Bethlehem history this may be too easy….so no hints yet.
Here we go:
We have a winner! Karen Samuels (@KarenSamuels on Twitter) answered correctly with Hotel Bethlehem. It is on the corner of the building, facing the driveway. A small replica is in a window display facing Main St. before you get to the main hotel steps on Main St. Karen knows her Bethlehem history, she authors the blog “This week in Bethlehem History” and also co-authored two local history books. Karen also pointed out that an exact replica of Bethlehem’s first house can be found at the Bethlehem Rose Garden. This replica used to be located on 1st Avenue (before my time) and was moved to the Rose Garden to make way for the 378 Expressway in the 1960’s. More info can be found here.
Ok, this one is not in Bethlehem, but is close by. If you have never been there you probably won’t get this, but if you are like me and grew up going here you’ll know it IMMEDIATELY and this picture will bring backs lots of fun memories.
I’m being too generous with the hints…
Update…Ok, I’ve already heard from a few people who are obviously very familiar with this clown. For those who aren’t, here is another shot…from about 35 years ago. Hey!? Who’s that kid in the pool? It’s not Hailey 😉
Update #2 Ok, I had a few people who absolutely new where I was when I took this photo but didn’t want to ruin the contest for everyone else. One, even worked there and emptied these garbage cans. One memory I always had about these was the amount of bees around them so of course my first question? “How many times did you get stung?” Response? “At least twice a summer”
I received a lot of guesses here and on twitter for Bushkill park. But finally Hillary Kwiatek correctly guessed (after many hints, I might add) “Hellertown Pool.” But like I said, unless you have ever been there, this was not an easy one.
I tried doing a little research on the clown head and apparently they were not originally manufactured to be used as garbage can toppers, they were to be put on a pool and used as a throwing target in playgrounds or carnival games. If you would like one here’s an auction site that has one. They were manufactured in the mid-20th century and have been at the Hellertown Pool longer than I can remember. The pool opened in 1939 and the plaque on the garbage can toppers indicate they were donated by a drum and bugle corp.
There are also lion heads, as you can see in the pictures below, but clearly the clown is creepier. Although I’m just noticing now that the lion has a Hitler-esque mustache…
And this one from back in the day…
Wow, just realized it’s been over a month since my last “Where am I?” post, and almost a month since my last post in general. I really need to get back on the ball here.
So, in an effort to slowly bring everyone back to speed, we have an easy one today. No hints.