Monday, January 12, 2015

How d'ya like your love?

Leftover movie set, Ft. Greene

The best shoes on the subway that day -- clear plastic high-tops

On a tree on Tompkins Ave., just beyond the 79th Precinct House

Across the street there's a small tree guarded by about 24 large rocks

And there's this person sitting on top of a car, Lexington St.

Two young men on Marcy St., Stuyvesant Heights, making specific sartorial statements

A bullet on the window sill of the sun porch

A bullet hole

And another bullet hole

Escape to New Haven CT with everything I need for the weekend.

When I was a teenager, I took pictures that looked just like this.

Pepe's Pizza, New Haven. Worth the trip.

Back in Brooklyn, inside the 79th Precinct, to get a copy of the police report (see bullet holes above).

Trench diggers in the snow, Van Buren Street.

The vestibule of the Duane Reade at Nostrand and Myrtle

At Myrtle and Tompkins.

The catalpa tree on Van Buren near Throop.

At the New Hardee Chinese Takeout on Throop. A-rating from the Board of Health, and very good scallion pancakes.

Aboard the M12 bus on the West Side looking out over the U-Haul Storage place somewhere around 18th Street, Manhattan


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodbye to 2014

This house is on Driggs Ave. in Williamsburg. The intense dedication to the cartoonish pebble stucco covering every part of every surface is what stopped me dead in my tracks. 

Incidental/accidental subway artwork at the Bedfored-Nostrand G-train station.

Depressed, looking out the window of the M15 going uptown to the clinic at Bellevue for my appointment, with Beth Israel Hospital in the near distance, the location of earlier trauma.

Yes, depressed, and in that state, this is what Ess-a-Bagel looks like. Not really very inviting, but who knows? I sure don't.

Another day. Symmetry appears.

The term is "suffragist," everyone.

Aboard the B38 as it makes its way down Lafayette Ave.

On Dekalb Ave. near Throop, I found that I am fed up with this kind of thing...

...and with the trashing of the space that it inspires, if we can use that word here.

At least there's a decent Chinese take-out on the corner.

On Tompkins Ave. at Lafayette, looking down the block towards Myrtle Ave., where Officers Ramos and Liu were murdered.

Then, on Fulton Street, the metrocard and coffee cup tree appeared.

In the West Village, where the mayor has the streets cleaned regularly for the decent folk, I found myself on this rather nice corner of Bedford on a rainy evening.

Now I'm in the spirit of the season. In a small quiet way and without any noise.

These two from the Bushwick Post Office on Broadway.

Outside the P.O. it has begun pouring. And the J/M El has allowed for a small waterfall to appear, for the enjoyment of passersby.

The 77th Precinct Station House at Greene and Tompkins Ave. with the flag at half-mast.

This little house on Lafayette Ave. near Tompkins used to be neat, trim, and brightly painted. What happened?

Empty lot on Lafayette where intrepid souls tried, last year, to create a community garden. A woman living across the street from the lot, who claimed to work for the Housing Authority or some such agency, "reported them" and they were forced to stop. My housemate was one of the people working on this garden. It could've been nice!

So, these are the houses across the street. Which one belongs to the lady who prefers empty lots that attract garbage and rats to a well-tended community garden? I guess she had her reasons.

And just down the block, still on Lafayette Ave. near Throop, the recycler is going through the bins in front of this new boxy modern apartment building. These buildings are replacing the traditional brownstones and small single family houses that once lined the street.

Just another lot ripe for community gardeners, also on Lafayette Ave.

Turn the corner and go north on Throop to find this modern building that houses a food bank. I see people lined up here regularly with their boxes, tote bags and shopping carts.

Just past Kosciusko on Throop is the new CSA place, Nextdoorganics. This is where I get most of my food these days. And it's a sign of gentrification, too, wouldn't you say? But the neighborhood uses it - lots of people get their food here. $20 for a big bag of produce.

Next door to Nextdoorganics - another invitation to further gentrify Throop Ave.

And the new coffee shop next to that...

...and the wine store next to that. I'm happy with these changes. Should I be? I just have to walk 2 blocks to get the freshest and cheapest produce in town, and to pick up a decent bottle of wine for $10.

This is where it ended.

Some place.

Buds on the mimosa trees in December.

Said tree.

Dangling conversation. Yesterday evening, after the movie and a quick jaunt to Court Books on Court Street, I came across an odd pairing - a solid white bicycle parked near this NYPD object - I think the arms stretch out and extend up so that the lamps can just light up everything like a Christmas Tree, or worse.