In Remembering Stephen Andrus

I've never met Stephen personally but knew of his work through my son Tom. In 2008, at my son's recommendation, Stephen put me on his mailing list and every few days I would receive a night time photo from somewhere in NYC. I would relive my days living in the city vicariously through Steve's pictures. His shots were always taken at night with his wanderings taking him to all the boroughs. It wasn't long before I fell in love with his work and started a collection of my own favorites which totals well over 300, only a fraction of what he sent. Included in these pages are most of those.

On January 08, 2013, I sent Steve the following e-mail:
Hi Stephen,
We all get lots of mail from the same folks. When one person stops sending, it can be a while without realizing it.
Tonight looking at a TV show I saw a mural painted on a NYC building. I immediately thought of you and realized it's been a while since I've received one of your pictures.
Hoping all is well.

The Last photo I received was, the "Four Old Chairs" December 01, 2012 then a I received notice of Steve's passing on an e-mail dated January 28 noting: "Stephen P. Andrus: Photographic Exhibition & Remembrance". The date given of his passing was only that of "early January". His facebook page implies he was 67. Not being able to attend and so moved by his work, my commemoration will be these webpages of many of my personal favorites. Descriptions given are Stephen's. Ironically Pages 7 & 8, Stephen's earlier shots, wern't added till Sept. 2014. Sadly, his titles we've lost. Be sure to click to enlarge.

Sandy Estabrook, one time NYC dweller 32 W 76. 1966 - 1973                            Stephens Facebook Page

UPDATE: Then by complete surprise, almost a decade later, on August 8th, 2021 I received the following email:

    Your name and email were among those in a file that my friend, Steve Andrus, backed up and entrusted to me along with his photos. Steve used the list to distribute a nightly photo through 2012. I'm writing to share a column about him that I recently posted on Medium.

Death of a Photographer

There's a URL at the end of the story to Steve's gallery on Flickr where he uploaded his pictures over a 5-year period. It might bring back some memories.            Regards,            Michael Antonoff

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Four Old Chairs (Mercer st., SOHO)

Water and Fish Flooded NYC Subway During Hurrican Sandy

Poo (E. Houston, Allen sts.)

Kiss Puzzle (Constructions site, Houston st. at Ave. A, E.V.)

End of the Season- Pinwheel Paradise (Coney Island)

Barclays Center- Basketball Comes to Brooklyn (Basement court)

Glass Flower Bowl (Bowl is 20" across)

Sumer is Waning (Prince st., East Village)

The Women of Sorrows (7 ft. tall, 29th street and 10th ave.)

The Undead on Houston st. and Elizabeth st., East Village (Lifesize).jpg

"Darling, there's a big weed growing in the garden". (10 ft. tall, Niki de Saint Phalle, Park ave at 54th st, HDR.

Teenage Boardwalk Heartthrob (3.5 ft tall, arm wrestling game, Coney Island)

A Coney Island of the Mind," poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Coney Island, HDR).

From Here to There (Boerum Pl., Brooklyn).

Entrance to Hell (Central Park)

A Gentle Summer Breeze in Central Park

Versailles in NYC (Entrance to Bestheda Fountain, Central Park, HDR)

Coriolanus (The Drilling Company, Directed by Hamilton Clancy, Shakespeare in the Park[ing Lot], Ludlow at Broome.

The Beast(20 ft. wide, w. 21st. st., Chelsea)

Hip Hop Heaven (5 Pointz, L.I.C, Queens - soon to be demolished)

Street Dream (Grand st. and W. Broadway),

Love in a Dark Place (5 Pointz, L.I.C. Qns.)

Goodfellas (Pavement, 5 Pointz, L.I.C., Queens)

Women With Sad Eyes (10' tall, 5 Pointz, L.I.C., Queens)

A Gagle of Bicycles.jpg

Jesey St., shortest street in NYC, with four knited baby carriages, one block south of E. Houston St., E.V.
Street Curtains (Wooster st., SOHO).

Some Big Fingers (75 ft. wide, viewed from The Highline elevated park, 10th ave and 15th st.)

If You See Something (subway, F Line, W 4th st., Greenwich Village)

So I Did (Spring st., East Village).

Girls Bringing Sailors (Curio shop/speakeasy, Essex st., L.E.S.)

Dwell Studio(Wooster and Spring sts., SOHO)

Play a game of Summer chess? (Thompson st., Greenwich Village).

V-J Day - 24th st. and 10th Ave., Chelsea

Nightscape (inside Time Warner bld., Columbus Circle, 59th st.

Tats, (Thompson st., Greenwich Village).

Mickey Gone Bad! (2' x 2' Mercer at Grand sts., SOHO)

Two Guys (20'x75' painted mural and video projection, above, E. Houston and Bowery, E. Village)

Salvador Dali Lighted Surreal Couch of Glass (6 ft. long, Prow.ArtSpace, Flatiron Bld., 23rd st.)

Love Child, Love Seat, On the Street (25 Wooster st, near Canal)

Swiming Through Air (figure is 6' long, Rivington st. near Bowery E.V.)

Celia (8 ft tall, 103rd st at Lexington ave, uptown)

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