All Before David has his first cup of coffee

Posted: July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

All before David Novarro has his first cup of coffee! WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News

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Cheers to my officemate David Novarro who saves the day on a routine basis by just being him… He also says that I should share more of my REAL LIFE on Social Media… I said there is *no rating warning* for the chaos that might be inflicted on others… I present the following evidence:
2:21AM Alarm
2:37AMTrain
3:01AM Arrive at Studio
3:52AM Help me Zip! Heather O’Rourke Traffic
4:13AM Dress need Gaffers Tape to hide flaw
4:19AM Record Taxi Cast in Studio
4:22AM Zipper in Microphones, ummmmmm
4:23AM “Get a 2nd person to zip it!”
4:24AM Wardrobe Malfunction…
4:26AM Cut out of Dress at
4:30AM New Dress, Live News
4:59AM Catch Breath
5AM -7AM Live Weather
7:01AM -10AM GMA Cutins and Weather updates
9:59AM David arrives to me slumped at desk.. to which I explain the morning.
10:01 AM David tells me “This is so much different that going to a Michael Buble concert. You should make this your facebook.. it’s so entertaining…” Cheers!
10:55AM Make a list of what to do today including: check up on all 4 kids, get stamps, pay bills, make dentist appt. call my Dad, and of course, figure out what to wear tomorrow!.
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— with David Novarro.

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Making the Call: 2014 Super Game Forecast
by Meteorologist Amy Freeze

First Ever Cold Weather Big Game takes place in East Rutherford, NJ at Metlife Stadium

10 Day Outlook for Feb. 2, 2014
Forecast
High 37
Low 24
Winds NW 10-20mph
No Snow
Sunrise 7:05 am
Sunset 5:15 pm

How Weather Affects Football

I spent four seasons working with the Chicago Bears forecasting weather conditions for Soldier Field. Understanding weather changes prior to kickoff and during the game can definitely create a secret weapon on certain occasions. All opponents have to play in the same elements, but that’s not the bottom line. How athletes and even a coach approach extreme conditions in competition can make all the difference. Weather can often become a field advantage if you know what to look for and are ready to adapt. Before the game even begins, knowing the wind direction, speed and wind patterns in the stadium can help the coaches make their decision for the coin toss on which direction they want the game to begin. Knowing game time temperature and temperature changes during the game can help the home team pick a lighter jersey color in hot weather conditions allowing for cooler core body temperatures. Understanding the turf and how it might respond to incoming rain, impending freezing temperatures, etc allows equipment managers to adjust cleats and prepare for halftime adjustments. Wind direction and speed can help punters and kickers decide on angles, and understanding the wind may even affect a coach’s game strategy.

How Temperature Affects the Football

The temperature can affect how far the ball will travel, how easy it is to catch, even the impact of a punters kick. It has to do with physics.

Temperature can affect the ball in a few ways. There are a few variables to consider when looking at how a ball will be impacted in cold weather. The temperature can change the air pressure inside the ball which can make the ball seem over inflated effect if it was warmed, or and under inflated effect if it was cold. Here’s an example: A basketball that doesn’t have enough air in it won’t bounce that well. The bottom line is that the amount of air pressure for a ball is directly proportional to the temperature of the air. Colder = less inflated effect

Side note: Other types of solid core balls, like baseballs, golf balls also have temperature impact, but the mechanics are a bit different. Here the characteristics of the material inside the ball are responsible for the bounciness of the ball. For example the rubbery insides are affected by temperature, which impacts the ball’s performance.

Overall, a ball’s bounciness is dependent on the elasticity of its constructed materials. The characteristic of elasticity allows the ball to retain kinetic energy during a collision by having the ability to flex without breaking, the ball can then return to its original shape post bounce. This scientific measure of a ball and its material’s elasticity is called the coefficient of restitution. You can read about it in any high school Physics book. An object with a low coefficient of restitution will lose a great deal of its kinetic energy in a collision through breaking or deforming, or through the generation of sound or heat. Compare the kinetic energy transmission through steel balls suspended on strings as they bounce back and forth in an example of a high coefficient of restitution. Now consider a lump of clay or a piece of glass in a collision, both materials having very low restitution values – they simply do not transfer energy well because they are not as elastic.

But even materials that do can transfer energy well, like a rubber band can be affected by temperature. The colder a material gets, the less elastic it can be. Under cold conditions, the material can actually absorb energy rather than transferring it, giving it less movement or “bounce.”

Both inflated balls like footballs and solid core balls like a baseball rely on the principle of coefficient of restitution. A warmed, (over inflated) ball is more elastic and would likely be easier to grip, to catch, and to be punted farther.
While a cold, (under inflated) ball would be less easily handled and some athletes have described cold weather footballs like dealing with a brick!

There are plenty of game time examples of weather affecting football games and some are traced directly to temperatures!

New York Giants legend Y.A. Tittle played his biggest football games in cold climate weather. The Hall of Fame quarterback carried the Giants to three straight title games from 1961-63. The games were played in Green Bay, New York and Chicago. The Giants lost all three-title matchups. In the book “Tales from the New York Giants Sidelines,” Tittle told author Paul Schwartz that the Giants’ offense had meltdowns in cold inclement weather.
“Good Lord, I threw balls where the ball would come back and hit me in the face,” Tittle said of the 1962 game when winds whisked 30 to 40 mph. “It was miserable.” In 1963, Tittle’s last chance at a league championship, the Giants played the Chicago Bears in single-digit cold at Wrigley Field.
“We played on a field that Eskimos couldn’t have lived on,” Tittle told Schwartz. “It was frozen. It was just unbelievable.”
The most infamous cold weather field in the NFL The Frozen Tundra got its nickname during the Cowboys v Packers 1967 NFC Championship Game
On New Year’s Eve in 1967, Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys visited Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship Game.

It has come to be known as The Ice Bowl and is, in fact, the coldest game in NFL history with the official game-time temperature registering at -15 F, with a wind chill at -47.2 F. As the referee blew the whistle to start the game, it froze to his lips.

The Packers came from behind in the final seconds of the game when Lombardi called for a quarterback sneak by Bart Starr to give the Packers a classic win on their own turf.

How Wind Affects Football

While wind can have a huge impact on fans, it can also affect the game at field level in some stadiums. I’ve watched at field level amazing NFL kickers like David Akers and Robbie Gould check out wind conditions. I’ve had discussions with punters and kickers about how they change the angle of their kicks based on current wind conditions. None of them claim that it gives them a mental block. But they certainly are aware of the wind and it’s role in their success.

The dominant wind over an area can sometimes result in swirling wind patterns inside some stadiums. Swirling winds at MetLife stadium and the way it is constructed has very little effect on wind affecting the game.

But even a little gust of wind at the wrong time can ruin a play. It happened during the Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns during 1980 AFC Divisional Playoffs. With a wind chill factor of -36 F, it was fairly clear that the Cleveland Browns would be more comfortable in the frigid winter temperatures than the Oakland Raiders as the two teams met in the 1980 playoffs. The Browns had six wins on the season already where they edged in front in the dying moments of the game.

Trying to do so once more in the AFC Divisional against the Raiders, the Browns pieced together a remarkable 79-yard drive to get in field goal range. The only problem was that it was so cold that the Browns place kicker, Don Cockroft, already botched two attempts.

Browns Coach, Sam Rutigliano, opted for a more aggressive play, calling out the famous “Red Right 88.” Just as it looked like quarterback Brian Sipe would find Ozzie Newsome open in the end zone — an unpredictable opponent— the wind held up the ball and handed the Raiders an easy interception and eventual win.

How Sky Cover and Precipitation Affect Football

While day games in full sun can really create some glare on field for players, it’s rarely a showstopper. It might result in more of a running game until the sun angle changes but its impact is usually dramatically limited. All NFL stadiums also have a North South orientation and so a sun setting in the west is not a major problem.

However, low clouds can change the game when they sink to field level, which is what happened in the Bears v Eagles
1988 NFC Championship, also know as the Fog Bowl.
Mike Ditka’s Chicago Bears hosted Buddy Ryan’s Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, and late in the second quarter, a mist started to set in. It didn’t stop, though, and by the fourth quarter it was a dense fog and visibility dropped to about 10 to 20 yards. Broadcasters were forced out of the press box to field level to call the game. Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham wasn’t affected as he still managed to throw for 407 yards.
Players could barely see the sidelines or the first down markers, so referee Jim Tunney had to announce each play over the microphone. The Eagles moved the ball well but couldn’t find the end zone enough as the Bears ended up winning 20-12.

If there is a storm during the game, expect that the rain and snow will affect play. When wet weather happened during the
49ers at the Greenback Packers 1996 NFC Divisional, it was cold but not below freezing at Lambeau Field. It was just warm enough that there was the unfortunate mix of rain and snow. The result: A soggy, sloppy and muddy field that made both offenses feel like they were working in quicksand.

The 35-14 score in favor of the Packers wasn’t indicative of how badly the offenses struggled. The Packers passing game was stuck in the muck, finishing with just 79 passing yards. Meanwhile, the 49ers offense totaled just 196 yards but gave away five turnovers thanks to the muddied conditions.

There’s a classic tale of field conditions changing the game from Bears v. NY Giants 1934 NFL Championship Game
The Chicago Bears had won 18 straight games and seemed invincible heading into the 1934 NFL Championship Game. Some force of nature would have to stop them and basically it did.

A freezing rain covered the Polo Grounds, and as the Giants were slipping behind (figuratively and literally), equipment manager Abe Cohen brought in nine pairs of sneakers borrowed from the Manhattan College basketball team.

The Giants made the switch at halftime and never looked back. The sneakers put them on better footing as they outscored the Bears 27-3 in the second half en route to a 30-13 win.

Perhaps the worst weather playoff game in recent history was the Raiders v Patriots Snow Bowl during the e2001 AFC Divisional Playoff With the Oakland Raiders visiting, Tom Brady threw an incomplete forward pass late in the fourth quarter, which resulted in another opportunity for the Patriots to play in overtime and eventually win. The weather was miserable as Foxboro Stadium was covered in a sheet of snow, earning the label of the Snow Bowl from Patriots fans — or the Snow Job from Raiders fans.

Making the Call:
A look a Mother Nature’s Playbook

Climate history tells us that more often than now, the weather is chilly with scattered clouds on early February evenings. And it makes sense to expect a bit of a wind chill during the game. When temperatures drop below 40°F, any wind will cause the apparent temperature to the human skin to feel significantly colder than the actual air temperature. This is common for the NYC area in February.
The exact time of kickoff is 6:28:30 Average temperature at that time is 35 degrees. Looking at climate data over 30 years, between Jan 25 and Feb 3 there is an average of 2inches of snow. THE NJ State Climatology Researchers say over 50 years of weather the temperature range is 19 to 51 degrees.

During the last 13 years the NYC area high temp has ranged from 32 to 50 on Feb. 2nd. There have been both rain and snow showers within two weeks of February 2nd including a recent, monster snow storm of 18 inches Jan 26-27, 2011

On This DATE in NYC Weather History
Feb. 2, 2013 Snow 31 degrees
Feb. 2, 2012 Partly Cloudy 50 degrees
Feb. 2, 2011 Snow 39 degrees
Feb. 2, 2010 Snow 33 degrees
Feb. 2, 2009 Partly Cloudy 53 degrees
Feb. 2, 2008 Partly Cloudy 43 degrees
Feb. 2, 2007 Rain Snow Mix 38 degrees
Feb. 2, 2006 Partly Cloudy 52 degrees

February Overall Extremes
Biggest Blizzard 26.9” 2006
Warmest Feb. Temperature 75 1985
Coldest Feb. Temperature -15 1934
Highest Pressure ever recorded in NYC was Feb 13, 1981 31.08”
Coldest Ever Feb. 9, 1934 -15 degrees
Biggest Storm Feb 11=12 2006 26.9”
Feb 201 Greatest Snow in a month 36.9”
The highest wind gust ever recorded during game time hours on February 2nd was 38 mph in 2001

The Farmers Almanac predicted a blizzard to hit between Feb. 1-3 The Almanac used words like piercing cold and bitterly cold and biting cold to describe early 2014. The 197-year-old publication uses planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles to make predictions more than a year in advance. The Farmers Almanac claims its right 80 percent of the time.
NJState Police commissioned a report from David Robinson a climatologist at Rutgers University (he’s been doing this more than 20 years.) Analyzing weather faces for the 1 days leading up to Feb. 2nd. Range of possibilities is listed out on his website http://www.BigGameWeather.com

Accuweather is doing a day by day update on http://www.WillitSnow.com

Interesting cold weather games in the NFL http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story?id=09000d5d80870a4e

This year the Big Game date is Feb. 2nd but here’s a look at
NYC Weather History on Past Big Game Dates (even though all these games were played in other fair weather cities!)

Feb. 3, 2013 30 degrees Snow
Feb. 5, 2012 40 degrees
Feb. 6, 2011 45 degrees
Feb. 7, 2010 34 degrees
Feb. 1, 2009 51 degrees
Feb. 3, 2008 50 degrees
Feb. 4, 2007 25 degrees
Feb. 5, 2006 55 degrees
Feb. 6 2005 53 degrees

Weather Discussion

Many blogs, websites, forecasters, and hobbyists will be talking weather and stats leading up to game day. But based on forecasting experience, climate data and current weather models it looks like the game will be cold and windy.

Average wind speeds hover around 10 mph in early February, which can create a considerable wind chill with low temperatures. Winds do tend to lessen in early evening which is game time.

Also keep in mind, the weather from NYC to Rutherford NJ can vary, after all they are two different states– even though the two spots are admittedly geographically close. When looking at the official reporting stations in NYC – the game is still actually being played over in NJ! This is an important consideration. For example, when eight inches of snow fell on Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field during the Dec. 8 NFL game between the Eagles and Detroit Lions, “the Meadowlands just got a dusting.” These two locations are also in the same region. Different spots get different weather!

So even though the media is referring to the game location as NYC, consider that it does actually take place across the river in East Rutherford. Here is a breakdown of the record climate data for the two spots where records are kept Central Park and LaGuardia Airport.

Feb.2nd Records NYC
Record High 59 1988
Record Low -3 1881
Record Rain 2.98” 1973
Record Snow 5.0” 1874

Feb 2nd Records LaGuardia 1948-2013
Record High 59 1988
Record Low -1 1955
Record Rain 1.75” 1973
Record Snow 4.3” 1955

The National Football League settled its last championship in New York, on Dec. 30, 1962 which took place at Yankee Stadium. The temperature at kickoff was 13 degrees and TV crews used bonfires to keep warm. More notable, was the game in 1934, the coldest New York winter ever, the title tilt at the Polo Grounds was played after a freezing rain made the field more ice rink than gridiron. But since 1967, winter weather during a Super Bowl has been as rare as snow in San Diego — which actually did see snow that year.


Looking at Climate Data to make a Prediction.

Looking at kickoff time temperature (observation closest to 6:30pm for each February 2nd at Newark Airport) Here’s what we know:
Warmest kickoff time temperature on record was 61° in 1973.
Coldest kickoff temperature recorded was 13° in 1976.
Average temperature at kickoff time on February 2nd is 34°.
90% of the time the historical data shows that kickoff time temperatures fall between 19° and 51° according to the NJ State Climatology Office. They have collected data with interesting statistical information.
From 1931 to 2013 57% of the time the temp was at or below freezing at the time the game would be played.
In years with below freezing temperatures, the average hourly temperature was 25°.
In years when temperatures stayed above freezing the average hourly temperature was 41°.
During those years, 26% of the time there was precipitation. If precipitation falls, there is a 29% climatologically, the probability is that it will be snow
54% of the time the winds are 10-20mph for the average of 1931 to 2013

Looking at Model Data for Predictions

Another forecasting reference is current model data. The National Weather Service long term trend outlooks, updated daily.
8-14 day weather outlook for temps Meteorologist Amy Freeze

Meteorologist Amy Freeze

Meteorologist Amy Freeze

Note:  I have lived in 8 states.  I call Manhattan home on the Upper West Side.  The place that influenced me the most… where I spent 18 years growing up in Southern Indiana.  Everyone knows New Yorkers are tough – they are strong, smart, and they bring it when it counts.  Not everyone recognizes that small towns, like the ones affected by this historic tornado outbreak — they have a special kind of "tough" all their own.  If anyone can rally next to their neighbor and help their community recover, it's a Hoosier. 

Heavy hearts watched as this storm system ripped apart homes and businesses…  at least one tornado happened very close to where I grew up.  Friends and family say the warnings came, then in less than 10 minutes everything changed.   It’s been very sad to watch a place so familar be so overwhelmed by damage.

As the tornado outbreak turned deadly – the reports hit close to the place I grew up… just 12 miles from my childhood home in Clark county – it was devestation for Henryville, IN.   A place where I traveled throughout my highschool years to run cross country meets and attend Friday night Football games.

When the storm happened and even before pictures… Facebook updates came in…former neighbors posted they were scared. My highschool classmate Kelli Bagby:  4 confirmed deaths in New Pekin – a Mom, Dad and 2 of their children. But a miracle:  their 2-year-old girl named Angel was found alive 10 miles south.

Henryville resident Keith Terrell, "You have tears flowing today. it is hard to take."

It’s a place where storms happen, growing up I remember the drills very well that all the schools in Clark County do regularly but this March was like nothing the area has ever seen.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says, “the lesson I think we take away each time is you can never prepare too well."

Preparation did give the town an advantage in such a deadly storm – as a tornado lifted the roof off  henryville high school 400 students were still inside All  survived.  This school bus didn't. The winds pushed it across the street, right into Bodroe Sykes' restaurant.  “We got down in basement and VAROOM… she’s gone… we didn’t  know a bus was in the resataurant.”  

My former Sunday school teacher Jennifer Bowen:  The crumpled bus by Henryville schools was driven by a good friend of ours…he had just gotten all the kids to safety. There are alot of heroes…  

National Guardsman toured with Governor Daniels as he turned emotional.  He had this message for those who are left homeless, injured or lost loved ones.    “We love ya. and we are with you. and if it isn't already obvious, it will be to a lot of them. it's not just government. these are their neighbors here to help. When things are at their worst, the people in this state are at their best. "

My Aunt Julie and Uncle Steve still live in Jeffersonville where the storms were powerful but not as devastating.  They will be joining their church and other volunteers to support the communities recovery.

 

 

Remembering Dick Clark

Posted: January 6, 2013 in 1

Along with forecasting the weather over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to host shows and work on special projects!  (My first job in TV was as an entertainment reporter for a live, local show in Portland, OR!) One of the biggest thrills on those special assignments was a TV interview with Dick Clark.

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This photo is from when I met and interviewed Dick Clark in April 2004 while hosting “10!” on WCAU NBC 10. I’ll never forget him sharing his “Philadelphia” stories – including of his neighbor “Ed McMahan” who talked him into going to the American Bandstand host auditions… Clark said he had at first brushed Ed off telling him he already had a great gig on radio. But at Ed’s persistence he went and the rest is history! Clark was so charming and his delightful wife Kari was lovely visiting with the entire crew during their visit. 
The timing of the interview happened just as his Diabetes diagnosis was happening — he had joined forces with the American Diabetes Association. During the interview we discussed the increased awareness for connection diabetes to the possibility of stroke… just a few months later Mr. Clark suffered a stroke himself. He made so many people smile! RIP #DickClark

Dick Clark’s final New Years Eve in Times Square was my first time to see the ball drop in person… it was a thrill #2012 www.amyfreeze.com
Click here for MORE ON DICK CLARK
http://gma.yahoo.com/dick-clark–entertainment-icon-nicknamed–america-s-oldest-teenager—dies-at-82.html

When it Rains, It Drains

Posted: January 6, 2013 in 1

Everytime it rains in NYC, even a light rain, there is the threat of combined sewer overflows.  That means that both storm water and sewer water combine to overflow the infrastructure that carries water to the treatment plants.  There is too much water for the pipes and the excess is released into creeks, rivers, and streams in the NYC area. That's right.  Sewage released into waterways where you swim, boat, kayak, and fish.  It's something everyone should be aware of because it happens often and it's not easily fixed. I'm reminded it everyday when I run along the Hudson River.

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Combined Sewer Overflow Point on Hudson River   Photo By Amy Freeze

This activity is a threat to water quality.  It's basically an equation of too much water in too short of time and not enough pipe to push the water.  This is a problem in many large, older cities.  The solutions are not simple.  From the city to activists, many people are concerned about stormwater runoff and its impact on water quality.   Here's what New York City has to say about Stormwater and a Map of Combined Sewer Overflow outlets in NYC.  This is where you can find Current Water Advisories in NYC Alerts.

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CSO Release Point on Upper West Side   Photo by Amy Freeze

I did my Master Thesis on storm water at University of Pennsylvania and continue to be interested in a way to alert the community that our water quality if vulnerable!  It's such a tricky topic.  As water flows from our faucets everyday, it seems like a never ending flow of clean, safe water.  But everytime there is a storm there is threat to water quality.  Taking actions like:  delaying fertilizers and pesticides, redirecting runoff, capturing rainwater, ration use of water during storms are all things that we will need to consider as a community to protect water quality.

I recently spoke with Kate Zidar, Executive Director of Newtown Creek Alliance who shared some exciting plans for combined sewer release notifications.  Kate is working with Leif Percifield of Parsons the New School of Design on a new way to communicate combined sewer overflows when they happen for Newtown.  Click to find out more at DON'T FLUSH ME!

If you know of stormwater problems where you live or you know of environmental organizations working for water quality – send me their information!  Email  amy.e.freeze@abc.com

Click here to read Stormwater Action Alert Program written by Meteorologist Amy Freeze, complete research is at www.amyfreeze.com

Chasing Amy: Running After an Artist

Posted: January 6, 2013 in Running

CAPTURED!  Artist on the Hudson Riverside Running Path

Storms come and go.  The River brings the wood.  The Artist finds his medium.  The runner wanders by and wonders…  Who the heck takes wood knocked over by a storm and carried down river and turns it into an art display?   I found him! 

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I run along the Hudson on Riverside Park and for the last year I've been taking pictures of these mysterious sculptures crafted out of driftwood… I run early and late and everywhere in between but I have never seen them being assembled…I have asked the neighbors, the sailors, the park rangers, and I even left a note on one of them one time!  But today I caught him in the act… the artist was pulling driftwood by bicycle up the path!  

"Is it you?" I asked as I ran up in a full sprint.  "It's me, you caught me," as if he knew how elusive he has been for people who travel the Riverside Bike and Running Path.  I caught Howard pulling driftwood from the beach by George Washington Bridge (where the biggest pieces wash up) and he was taking it south down by Chelsea Pier.  His artwork, which is basically, driftwood put into special shapes, can been seen from the GWB down to Chelsea Pier.  Until now, I don't think anyone has revealed him!  But this is not a case closed… I asked him when he builds, he says usually at night….  But, get this, upon further questioning he says he has discovered some art *NOT* made by him… an imposter, a copy cat, or an inspired young budding artist? 

Howard www.artbygoddriftwood.com

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Meteorologist Amy Freeze

WABC: The Last Kiss

Posted: January 6, 2013 in 1

VIDEO OF THE LAST KISS STORY HERE

Director Ron Howard's latest film project has a Brooklyn man scrambling to find 4 people he took a picture of on August 16th  The hunt is as wild as a movie script itself.   I interviewed the local photographer who's in a frenzy to search for people photographed in "The Last Kiss."

A pic may be worth a thousand words but This one could be a Hollywood movie.  

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 Mo Gebler / Brooklyn Photographer

 
This candid Bonnie and Clyde could make one man a winner in a national photo contest. Out of work Brooklyn photog Mo Gelber is now Desperately tracking down his subjects. Gelber has less than 24 hours.  The officers Have agreed to sign. He's lookin for 28 Alexis creque and 26 years old Russell Murphy who have not been found.  In fact, the man is still in jail. 

The crime of the lovebirds? They are accused of graffiti here on Eldridge Street. The young man allegedly tagged the well known line CASH4.  Gebler says when he asked the handcuffed kissers their crime, the man replied "I was writing on other people's stuff." 

Gebler says he thinks the offense is no crime at all, but he's willing to go to Rykers to get the release signed! If Gebler  can't get signatures hell be disqualified. But he has a constellation in mind.  He's out of work, now that his photo has gone viral… he's hoping it will spark a job offer! 

He say the secret to getting a great candid is anticipation. Gebler says he was at Central Booking on another shoot when he looked up and say the handcuffed couple about to engage before being taken away, he says "it was their last kiss before being separated for who knows how long."

Update:  Mo Gebler was able to enter the contest called “Project Imaginat10n,” a collaboration between director Ron Howard and Canon Camera Company. Gebler says they called him a few days ago and said that a group of judges picked my photo along with nine or ten others as potential finalists.  He was able to secure all 4 signatures!   Oh!  and Mo got his first Profesional gig with the Daily News.  Congrats!  LOOK HERE  He wrote on his FB page the story of how it happened following his viral outbreak of "The Last Kiss." ((I got a call from Simone Weichselbaum , a reporter from the daily news.They were looking at my facebook page and saw some photos of interesting people and places in Brooklyn. They wanted to run some of the

photos and asked me to come in to their office with my laptop to give them the photos. When I walked in , I had a camera hanging off my neck.They asked me why ,and I said 'the camera does me no good in the bag, I always have to be ready.'  After I gave her the photos , she wanted me to meet the editor.While we were talking, the editor was interrupted a few times by phone calls and was trying to find a staff photographer to go with Simone on a local story.After a few phone calls, nobody was available and all eyes in the room looked at me and my camera. They asked me if I would do it. I said hell yeah ! … My first assignment for the Daily News. I hope it leads to many more.))

Check out Mo's work on line…

Excerpt from "Good Culture" with Yasha Wallin:  "When Mo Gelber, an aspiring photojournalist, found himself in the right place at the right time—New York Central Booking—he captured the last moments between two lovers before being separated and charged with graffiti-related violations. With his shot Gelber entered a contest, which would turn a winning image into a film. But when Gelber realized he needed consent from the unknown couple, he spent a frenzied attempt via Facebook to find them. The story caught the media’s attention, yet no one seemed to get the facts right. Saturday was the deadline to get the couple’s sign off, and yesterday, as the winners of the contest were be made public, Gelber let us in on what really happened with the "last kiss." "

 

AMY FREEZE