July 14, 2014
Smoky streaks, the Brooklyn Bridge on the Fourth of July

Smoky streaks, the Brooklyn Bridge on the Fourth of July

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July 13, 2014
I didn’t go out and see Manhattanhenge this weekend but earlier this week, got to see a killer partially-cloudy sunset from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I didn’t go out and see Manhattanhenge this weekend but earlier this week, got to see a killer partially-cloudy sunset from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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July 7, 2014

So…I didn’t learn until the day after that the East River fireworks show had been moved downriver because of problematic tides caused by Hurricane Arthur, which basically meant that the Brooklyn Bridge tower obscured about 90% of the fireworks show for those of us who waited at the park. Oh well, we still got a nice show. Check out my Flickr album to see the rest of my July 4th photos.


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July 5, 2014

This is the last weekend to see Kara Walker’s, “A Subtlety”, and the insides of the Domino Sugar Refinery in which it is housed, before it is all razed to make way for another Williamsburg luxury condo. The line moves fast and the exhibit is powerful. Definitely a must visit if you can get into Brooklyn this weekend.

The New York Times had a nice piece about the exhibit and the history of sugar refining in New York:

Robert Shelton had never seen the floor of what he always called the sugar house until the day this spring when he returned to the Domino refinery. In the 20 years he worked in its char house, the kilns blasting the temperature up to 140 degrees year round, the mounds of unbleached crystals had never dipped below the seven- or eight-foot mark.

Now he could see it was all gone, and the metal beam at the plant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that used to mark the sugar’s high point — it was still caked, here and there, with clumps at least a decade old — came up only to the white sphinx’s neck, maybe her ear. She was that big.

“It almost talks to you; it’s alive,” Mr. Shelton said on Tuesday. “Something just comes over you.”

He was talking about “A Subtlety,” the massive sculpture by the artist Kara Walker, a sugar-coated homage to African-American slave women and to the slave laborers who built the 19th-century sugar trade.

The installation is to close on Sunday. The closer the day gets, Mr. Shelton said, “the sadder I get, because after this, I can never come back here again.”

…This spring, he read that the sugar house was open, and looking for volunteers.

A few other former Domino employees have come by, including his Yonkers supervisor and another man who called “Shelton!” and burst into tears upon seeing him. Mr. Shelton cried, too.

He said he had borrowed his step-granddaughter’s history textbook to learn about the origins of the sugar trade. When a European tourist told him that the Domino plant and all it stood for were built on the backs of slaves, he acknowledged the historical reference, but replied proudly: “I don’t see that we were slave labor here. We got paid well.”

Still, if it were up to him, he would usher more black people through the gates to confront the past. He would force Two Trees, which will develop the Domino complex, to build more affordable housing on the site. He would preserve the sphinx.

“I wish I had money like Rupert Murdoch or Bloomberg,” Mr. Shelton said as he left the sugar house. “I’d put it downtown in a climate-controlled greenhouse. I’d donate it to the city.”

There it would remain forever, he said: a monument to sugar’s story, and to his own.

Read the full story at the Times’ site.


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July 5, 2014
It’s settled: July 4th fireworks on the East River, forever!

It’s settled: July 4th fireworks on the East River, forever!

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June 21, 2014

The line for the Ramen Burger at today’s Smorgasburg

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June 13, 2014

Gabriel Royal, the Cellist of Metropolitan Ave. (and other L-train stations)

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May 28, 2014

Nelson Mandela, Pew-Pew, in Williamsburg

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May 26, 2014
Making it, from a Brooklyn rooftop

Making it, from a Brooklyn rooftop

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May 25, 2014
Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg

Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg

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May 4, 2014

The Kentile Floors sign over Gowanus lit up last night for the first time in 100…er 20 years. Here’s what it looked like from the Smith-9th St. stop.

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April 23, 2014

North Williamsburg wall art, including a happy Ronald McDonald

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January 8, 2014
Under DUMBO

Under DUMBO

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January 2, 2014
Sunset over Brooklyn

Sunset over Brooklyn

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January 1, 2014
Some existential advice from a Brooklyn brownstone’s doorway.

Happy New Year and to a great 2014.

Some existential advice from a Brooklyn brownstone’s doorway.

Happy New Year and to a great 2014.

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