Greenpoint, October, 2015

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Wishing you an EZ Christmas

Santa takes the EZPass lane.
Goethals Bridge, S.I. (Photos: F. Someki)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blue Boat

Under Silver Lake Cemetery, Victory Blvd., S.I.

Friday, December 2, 2016

BQE in Autumn

The onramp to the BQE from the Grand Central Parkway West provides an autumnal prelude to the ride.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Open

The lanes are narrow, and you need to time it right, but when the Bayonne Bridge is open during its long roadway-raising construction, the views can be beautiful.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Red Truck Coming

Can a painting go viral, especially one from 1935? One of the pleasures of Michiko Kakutani's (the NYT book reviewer's) Twitter feed is that she often posts reproductions of paintings or photographs with no accompanying message. Yesterday, she tweeted Grant Wood's "Death on the Ridge Road." Joyce Carol Oates promptly retweeted that the painting had been used on the cover of her book, Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers.
Is the painting telling a story? Or is it an allegory for what's about to happen to our domestic order as a big red T comes piling over the ridge? All I know is that America's most prolific writer and most prolific reader both have time to tweet a lot.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day

"Welcome to Concord." After a year plus of discord, it was calming to see this sign along with the World War II memorial at the intersection of Clove Road and Targee Street on Staten Island.

The plaque on the memorial reads:

ERECTED AND AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED TO THE MEMORY OF THE HEROIC MEN AND WOMEN OF CONCORD, STATEN ISLAND, AS A TRIBUTE TO THE SELF SACRIFICING SPIRIT THAT THEY DISPLAYED IN THEIR COUNTRY'S SERVICE DURING THE MOMENTOUS YEARS OF 1941-1945.

"MAY GOD'S BLESSINGS REST UPON THEM."

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lane Shift

Can't help but thinking there is an analogy here to the presidential election yesterday. Is it a temporary aberration that reroutes us directly into oncoming traffic, not to speak of dividing us? Will we ever come back?