J.M. Giordano


Pimlico track detectives make sure the whole Preakness operation is on the level

Pimlico track detective Gary Yamin. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

The office smells like cigar smoke and horse. It’s not his cigar, though; the quality stogie belongs to a swell outside on a break from placing bets.

Gary Yamin doesn’t smoke. He sits behind a small desk with maps on the wall and maps in front of him and an icon of the Virgin Mary tacked to a bulletin board for prayers and luck. Yamin is Pimlico’s track detective, and he’s getting ready for the biggest, longest two days on the local racing calendar.

He’s a police vet, hitting the beat with the Baltimore Police Department for his 20 years, and a local. Parents are from Park Heights, the area he patrolled as a cop and his base at the track during the racing season.

Pop’s Tavern, a bastion of country music, heads to auction later this month

The neon signs of Pop’s Tavern light up the night. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Since 1928, Pop’s Tavern has served as a country music beacon in Sparrows Point, sitting at the corner of Wise Avenue and North Point Boulevard with multiple neon signs glowing late into the night.

The same lights could soon go out forever, as “Baltimore County’s Oldest Bar” heads to the auction block on May 28.

“It’s time,” said Deb Maxwell, manager and the daughter of the current owner, Patricia “Mom” Gawlik. “I can’t keep doing this seven days a week with no vacations.”

Charm City Smoke Fest and Grim Reefer Fest in photos

Glass blower Andrew Glasgow at Baltimore’s Charm City Smoke Fest

In celebration of 4/20, a few hundred weed enthusiasts and merchants, as well as the curious, packed into the Charm City Smoke Fest in Station North. Up at Ottobar, bands specializing in doom metal, stoner rock and psychedelic rock kicked off the night-long  Grim Reefer Fest at 4:20 p.m.

Check out our photos.

2019 Orioles Opening Day in photos


Orioles fans showed up to the home opener at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in their best attire. Whether it was foam fingers or full-on orange suits, fans got gussied up to watch the home team return after a 4-2 road trip to start the 2019 season.

Here are our photos from the pre-game parties outside the stadium.

The Asia North Festival’s underground night market in photos


The group Charm City Night Market, along with Motor House, hosted a three-day celebration of Asian and Asian-American culture this weekend at Motor House on North Avenue. Organized by Central Baltimore Partnership, Towson University Asian Arts and Culture Center, Motor House, Charm City Night Market and Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, Saturday night culminated with an “underground” night market in Graffiti Alley with Asian cuisine, drinks and music from DJ Shawn Smallwood.

2019 Baltimore St. Patrick Parade in photos

Baltimore’s St Patrick’s Day Parade winds down Charles Street to the Inner Harbor for the 64th year in a row.

Hundreds of spectators lined Charles Street to watch the 64th Annual Baltimore St. Patrick Parade. Mayor Catherine Pugh and Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison led the two-hour parade that included dozens of dancers, pipers, classic cars and dogs like Irish wolf hounds and border collies. Though the parade route led to the Inner Harbor, the grandstand outside Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub was the choice viewing spot of most attendees.

Drug City, Dundalk’s oldest pharmacy, is also a destination for whiskey lovers

Dr. George Fotis amid the whiskies at Drug City in Dundalk. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Dundalk is known for its cheesesteak subs at Captain Harvey’s, crabs on the waterfront at Dock of the Bay and, more recently, the fine beers at Key Brewing Co. But one of the best selections of whiskey in the area?

Well, there’s a store on North Point Road with more than 200 varietals of bourbon, rye and single malt, and it just so happens to be associated with Dundalk’s oldest operating pharmacy, Drug City.

The Hopkins Coalition Against ICE’s walk-out protest in photos

About 200 students at Johns Hopkins University walked out of their classes and marched through several buildings to protest the school’s contract with ICE.

About 200 students walked out of classes at Johns Hopkins University to protest the school’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Students, joined by local activists, marched through the grounds and into university buildings.

All photos by J.M. Giordano.

The 10th Anniversary Black & White Party in photos


For the Pratt Contemporaries’ 10th Annual Black and White Party, I shot a mix of black-and-white film and digital to capture the spirit of the original Studio 54, the theme of this year’s black-tie fundraiser. The disco-themed ball, held at The Assembly Room, as the central branch of the library undergoes extensive renovation, raised $235,000 for youth programs at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, according to the philanthropic organization.

The 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in photos


Despite the freezing temperatures, a few hundred onlookers attended the Baltimore Office of Promotions and Arts’ 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, along with dozens of dancers, activists and marching bands. The two-hour parade stretched from Eutaw to Baltimore streets.

All photos by J.M. Giordano.