Greenpoint, October, 2015

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Little Bird Told Me...

The first thing that catches the eye is the weird logo or mascot. What in God's name is it? Some kind of fashionista angel? On closer inspection, it seems to be an exotic beaked bird with a penchant for scarfs.

On closer inspection, the Shaffer Trucking Company (founded 1937, New Kingstown, Pennsylvania) truck has a blunter message: "Hillary - Dump Trump."

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stixit?

Silver Lake Park, S.I.
The sun sets on the Forgotten Borough. Is the timing ripe for a Staten Island exit from New York City? The warning signs are here: complaints about the tolls on the Verrazano, a growing Trump constituency, xenophobic rumblings, resentment of how the rest of the City perceives "the Rock."
"Stop the lying. Stop the stealing. Stop the misspending. Vote for Trump." 

Of course, this would not be the first time Staten Island considered secession. In 1993, with Governor Cuomo's blessing, 65% of the Island voted to go. But Mario had an ace up his sleeve: the State got the final say, and the fifth borough remained. (Read the S.I. Advance story here.)

At least, Staten Island never adopted its own currency. But we have plenty of our own golf courses, so we must be self-sufficient.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Swiftboating

The Jonathan Swift (reg. Monrovia), headed for the Port of Newark, passes in front of the John F. Kennedy Staten Island, headed for the St. George terminal.
These cargo ships make us all feel somewhat Lilliputian.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Иuggets

Does these topiary remind you of anything...?
Jewett Avenue, Staten Island.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Channeling the BQE

The windows are open on the Staten Island ferries these days. Allowing for easy shots, unobscured by the grime of decades, across the harbor to Brooklyn Heights and the BQE.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Waiter, There's a Bus in My Pho

Inside Pho Mac Vietnamese restaurant on Richmond Road, Staten Island. The expressway entrance is just across the street. So is a firehouse, but according to the waitress, the fire fighters never eat there, though cops do.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Verbs

South Gannon Road, just above the S.I. Expressway.