Greenpoint, October, 2015

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Way Back Nine

From his post outside the Fountains cooperative apartments on Clove Road, and across from the Silver Lake Golf Club, Marcus Aurelius has seen a lot of poor putting and tee shots.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Trump Truck

I caught site of this proud, flag-waving Trumpmobile as I was crossing Clove Road. Too late to snap a photo. This being Staten Island, I passed it parked on a side street half an hour later.
The Trump flag: No more _____. Lies, I suppose. (We've entered that Orwellian world, when all lies equals the truth.)
(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
Earlier this week, another Trump flag appeared briefly (and was quickly removed), according the the New York Times, at a rally in Kissimmee, Florida.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

You Are How You Park

I have long noticed that some Staten Islanders take a very liberal (or anarchic) view of parking regulations. Stop at the Starbucks on Victory Blvd. and you will regularly see an able-bodied guy or gal pulling in or out of the two handicapped parking spots. The logic here, as near as I can figure, is you leave the spots open unless there are no other spots in the lot.
This car's driver takes things to a new extreme, regularly parking overnight at a hydrant across from my building. I've called 311 to report the car to the police three times, and once got a message back that a ticket was issued. The next time, no response. Where's the fire?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Needles Tapes

Not much remains of the J&R Music World on Park Row, which closed in April 2014. A newspaper store survives and, on the corner, a Starbucks has moved in.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Appreciation Society (S.I. Chapter)

The "heat dome" has evaporated, or whatever heat domes do, leaving cooler evenings. I was accosted a few weeks ago by my parking spot neighbor. He tapped on my window. I rolled the window down (or pushed the button that did so). "Do you know which bridge this is?" he asked pulling out a photograph from an envelope. I blanked for a few seconds before coming up with answer. "People should know the bridge they can see from their balcony," he continued. "It's a beautiful bridge," I said. "Did you know it's the sister bridge of the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Everybody knows about that bridge but nobody cares about this one."
He's right that you can find lots of fan sites for the SHB on-line, including "20 Facts About the Syndey Harbour Bridge," which don't mention it's New York-New Jersey model. The BB opened in November 1931 (months ahead of schedule!), nearly a year before the SHB (more here). Maybe it would have gotten more respect if it had been called the Kill Van Kull Bridge (KVKB).

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sugar Donut

Already steamy at 7:30, I dropped off the car at the Honda service place and walked a few blocks back to Hylan Boulevard to check out the Royal Crown Bakery. Not clear which crown the name refers to since it turns out to be a traditional, and fine, Italian bakery. I settle on an ice coffee and a sugar donut. Sitting on the patio, I watch the traffic on Hylan Boulevard. A woman in a dress sprints for a bus. I hope she makes it, especially in this heat.
My father maintained a life-long quest for a good old-fashioned donut. He would have enjoyed this one. Though I'm sure he would have been here 15 minutes before the service center opened, rather than 15 minutes after.