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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Meditation (14 ft. tall, 22 nd st., Chelsea),

Tonight, Something Sweet for You (Prince and Mott st., East Village)

Love Stories Suck. Part Two The Denouncement (Rivington st. and the Bowery, L.E.S.)

Peace in New Orange -Dutch name for NYC in 1673) Norfolk st. near Grand st.

The Dark is Turned Off (42nd st. near B'way in front of McDonalds refected on van)

No Life on Mars (MARS Bar, 2nd st and Bowery, one of the last L.E.S. dive bars, will be demolished for lux. condos.

Lick a Stamp (P.O. Box, Greene st., SOHO)

Remember to Love/Rotting Fresh,

They Will Also Do Your Custom Made Fangs (2nd st., East Village, half a block from where I live)

The Blackboard Jungle (Taken from the Highline elevated park, near W. 25th st.)

Captain America (Lafayette near Houston, East Village)

Summer Sonata (Gantry Plaza State Pk., L.I.C)

Gourmet Hot Dogs $1.99 (Broadway and 72nd st.

Homage to Jackson Pollock (Paint table, School of Visual Arts, W. 21st st., no. 3, end of series)

Sometimes It Has to be Spelled Out! (15"x30", 2nd st., at Ave. A, E.V.).jpg

Color Explosion (Prow of Flatiron Bldg., 23rd St, B'way and 5th ave.

Macy's New Downtown SOHO Boutique (shoe dept. lower rt.)

What was that number? (Chinatown)

Alien Space Cubes (Center cube is 10x10, Metro Tech, Brooklyn)

MOMMY, Gator is nipping at my Butt again!

Rock the Casbah (10ft tall, 7th st., Ave. A., East Village)

Spring is just around the corner. (Union Sq. Pk.)

Suicide Palace (Bobst Library, where 3 NYU students have jumped to their death, Greenwich Village

Say Cheese. 10 ft. tall, (21st st., Chelsea)

Island of Neon on the Cold, Backtop Sea.

The Concrete Jungle (Lincoln Tunnel) Manhattan

Mar's Bar - Dive Delux
The Agony, The Agony (Gaia, Wooster near Canal)

Union Square Subway (Mosaic, 6 x12 )

Navajo Blanket (18ft Tall, Greenpoint, BK.)

Ocean of Acrobats (Greenpoint, BK.)


Let There Be Noir

The Creampuff (Meatpacking District, NYC)

ABC NO RIO/Crocheted Bicycle (Rivington st., East Village)

City of Darkness, City of Light (image rotated 180 degrees)

The Fun House (W 24th st./10 Ave.)

Remember the Good Times (Wall Painting, 16 x24 Ft., Houston & Ave. B)

Mystical Africa, On the Street Where I Live (2nd St., E.V.)

The Decorative Art (6" tall, McDougal St., Greenwich Village

Season of Harmony (Lincoln Center)

From the Lake of Gitchigoomie"(Native American Museum, Bowling Green, Downtown)

King Ricky I (12th st., between 9th and 10th ave., Chelsea)

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