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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Don't Disobey (25 Wooster st. at Canal, Downtown)

The Rumpled Blanket

Decco Dreams, Lobby of the Chrysler Building

Midnight at the Oasis Bryant Park, behind NY public library, 42nd st.

The Late Night Call From Grand Central Station

The Cocktail Party

Village Cigars, Village Landmark (6th ave. and Christopher st.)

Me and My Posse (6' tall, East 6th st., at 2nd ave, E.V.)

Three Lavender Bars (3.5 ft tall, Chelsea)

Pink Lady (15 ft. tall steel sculpture, Park Ave and 54th st. last in a series)

Ivory Rockettes (12" tall, 57th st, 5th Ave.)

"Dining Al Fresco, Couch Over Manhole (Elizabeth st. SOHO)

The Graceful Dead (Cemetery in Queens)

The Electric Night (Kew Gardens, Queens)

Darkness of the Dead (Cemetery in Queens)

Muscles, No Brains (8 ft. x 14 ft., 10th st., 10 ave

Sand and the City (Volleyball court, Central Park)

The Grotesqueries (Life and death size, New York Academy of Art, Franklin st..jpg

Ivory88 (Steinway Hall, 57th st.)

Fresh Ginger (Ludlow s.t at Canal st., Lower East Side)

ROSA ARCTICA (Kiehl's, 8 x 6, Chelsea)

Steaming, Hot, Street Meat (6th Ave. at 23rd st.)

Queenz' Kingz, featuring Jam Master Jay (5 Pointz, Davis st., L.I.C.

aMAzinG - 5 Pointz (Long Island City, Queens)

Courtyard Dining Under the Midnight Sun (Van Cortlandt Alley, 2 blocks south of Canal)

Love is beauty (Allen st. near Spring, East Village)

The 99% and The 1% (Rivington st., East Village)
Anomie in Bag City (W. 19th st., near Broadway, Midtown).

The White Rose (Life Size, Houston st. at Sullivan, for Dr. Bugs)

Subway Work Train Operator (F train, 2nd Ave., East Village)

From A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawerance Ferlinghetti (Coney Island).png.

The Assassination POP MORTE (The Wall, 25 Wooster st near Canal, part of ongoing four year project of having photographed this location over fifty times.

Longings of a Young Boy (15 ft. tall, 5 Pointz, Long Island City, Queens

Broadway Boogie Woogie.jpg.

BOO! (5 Pointz, LIC, Queens)

The Tenth Rail (32nd st. and 10th ave, West Side).

The Drama of 5 Pointz (Long Island City, Queens).

Deadwood (45' wide, 5 Pointz, L.I.C..jpg

Hailing Taxis in Very Dark Places (Deep inside 5 Pointz (graffiti warehouse), L.I.C., Queens)

Hear See Speak (25 Wooster st., at Canal, part of the The Wall Project)

Lucy's (San Gennaro Festival, Mott st., Little Italy)

Captain Bob's Ocean Garden (Madison, between Pitt and Olive, deep in the Heart of Chinatown)

FOR ALL (Spring st., Lower East Side)

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