They appear in long-vacant buildings and carefully tended structures. Seeds dispersed by wind and birds take root, needing only water, sun and a pinch of soil. The trees are reminders that Baltimore was once a forest, and, if the trees had their way, would become one again.
The story of the trees that try to take over: http://bsun.md/1A5ntz8.
Pictured, the 1800 block of N. Charles Street, above Station North Cafe. By Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
Alright, Baltimore/DMV: We follow some pretty great photographers, but we want to know your favorites
And, we want to tell the Baltimore (and beyond) #photography community about them. Over on our blog, The Darkroom, we want to feature area photographers who are doing something special, original or just phenomenal, but we know there are some great photographers out there that we don’t know about.
Who are your favorites? Let us know.
More than 100 former Playboy Bunnies will be converging on Baltimore this weekend for a semi-annual reunion. The women worked as waitresses and hostesses in the old Playboy clubs, which were once a fixture in most large cities.
The women worked in low-cut satin leotards, bunny ears and fuzzy tails, which were handed out by a “Bunny Mother.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Baltimore’s Playboy club, which closed in 1977.
Baltimore’s most distinctive bus stop was unveiled late last month on the side of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The trio of giant letters — which resemble a set piece from ”Sesame Street” — has become a favorite spot for residents to lounge or pose for photos.
"It’s hit-you-over-the-head simple, but a really elegant idea," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, an organizer of the project, which brought European artists to a transit stop in each of the city’s three arts districts. The initiative was funded with a $130,000 grant from the European Union National Institutes for Culture and $200,000 from ArtPlace America, Gilmore said.
Is J.O. Spice the red-headed but incredibly popular stepchild of crab spices?
If the crabs came from one of the area’s carryout restaurants or crab houses, more than likely the seasoning isn’t the iconic Old Bay. Chances are, it’s a seasoning mix produced in an industrial park off Sulphur Spring Road.
This is no McCormick with its giant campus in Hunt Valley and hundreds of employees. J.O. Spice Co. on Old Georgetown Road is still family run and employs a couple dozen people to produce seafood seasoning, as well as a whole line of products to spice up meat, fish and poultry.
After each Ravens game, photo editors put together a “Rough Cut” over on our visual journalism blog, The Darkroom. It’s a loose edit from The Baltimore Sun’s photographic coverage of the National Football League. Fanatic fans, marching bands, cheerleaders and lots of game action are just part of the spectacle that is the NFL.
This week, photojournalists Kenneth K. Lam, Al Drago and Rachel Woolf photographed the Ravens as they beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-3 during Thursday’s pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium.
And here’s a picture of a sass-hands Joe Flacco throwing a pass. Beause why not?
As the Station North arts and entertainment district matures, community leaders are setting their sights on another long-promised part of the neighborhood’s renaissance — market-rate apartments.
Today is Baltimore’s 285th birthday.
Or is it?
[Spoiler: "It’s like the old accountant who’s asked how much is two and two, and he said, ‘How much do you need it to be?’"]