Cobble Hill, August 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BQE Open

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a brand new tennis ball along the lefthand margin of the westbound BQE, just as it dips to go under the Brooklyn Bridge. And then another, and another, and another... They seem to have been dumped and rolled down along the edge of the highway. Art project or frustrated tennis player?
The balls are still there, though no longer new. A few have been run over and jammed into the openings of the rectangular drain covers. This one seems safe from that fate, at least for the moment.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bridge Update

The long delayed Kosciuszko Bridge replacement project is well underway. The towers for the eastbound bridge (above) already dwarf our beloved but outdated bridgelet. And the roadway on the Queens side is being laid (below). If the project stays on schedule, this Queensbound span will open in early 2017, followed by the (sob) removal of the existing bridge later that year.
You can read all this and much more in September Project Update newsletter on the NYS DOT site. I was pleased that the newsletter is available in Polish as well as English and Spanish, a nod to the Greenpoint community and also to the General.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Umbrellas of Bogotá

Most days I've spent in Bogotá begin cloudy but break open at some point into cool, dry sunshine. It wasn't clear at all whether the umbrellas this guy was selling on the median of a Bogotá avenue were for sun or rain. Or both.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shining High

I've been waiting for almost a year to capture these safety videos from Avianca's (the airline of Colombia) seat-back entertainment screens.
 In the first, a nice but casually dressed young man reacts calmly to the fall of the oxygen masks (las máscaras). Only one máscara falls because, it appears, he is the only one on the flight. (Not my experience on Avianca.)
 He reaches towards it and, as directed....
Puts the elastic strap around of the back of his head when suddenly...
A child appears! Where did she come from?!

Well, he goes on to the right thing of course. But it makes you wonder whether Stephen King or Garcia Marquez is the true poet of Colombia.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Days of Awe

Lee Street, Williamsburg. Over the BQE (September 2015)
In the Jewish calendar, the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim). They often encompass the most beautiful days of the year.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Shoe-Level Messages

Saturday afternoon, Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Green in Greenpoint

McGuinness Boulevard exit ramp.  (September 2015)