Below the MLK Expressway, Staten Island

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Trail's End

Rotating CDs in the vehicle, I turned up a classified ad I clipped from Nowy Dziennik, the New York Polish daily. Years ago, I had slipped it into a Holly Golightly CD called God Don't Like It, with a nice cover painting by John Langford. It seemed like a good pairing.
It's pretty unlikely that the trailer and shed are still available. I still like the name Trails End for a retirement community.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Car Wash

With temperatures headed north towards 80, Tuesday seemed a good day for a long overdue car wash. The neat little operation at the Brighton Hand Car Wash on Forest Ave. on Staten Island seemed a good place to sit in the sun for 20 minutes.

It's the rare NYC car wash where you look out over an arbor, including a cherry tree in blossom.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pop-Up Comrade

Following a link from the Polish Cultural Institute of New York to BookExpo USA at the Javits Center later this month, I found this hero of the Soviet working class instead. I was curious because the PCI site suggested Polish children's books would be featured. (Try it here.Click on link for BEA website.)
I enjoy how many icons of Soviet agriculture, industry, and transportation are crammed into the relatively small frame. And check out that Lada!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Welcome to the Neighborhood

(Cartoon: Charles Addams)
Friend of the blog Nadezhda reports that actress Christina Ricci has purchased a lovely little townhouse in Fort Greene, hard by the BQE. Over at BTB, we've been a big fan of Christina's since her appearance as Wednesday in the Addams Family movies in the 90s.
(Photo: Curbed NY)
So welcome to the neighborhood, Christina. We promise we'll give you as much privacy as we can when we're stuck in traffic 50 feet away.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Shot (to Hell) on an iPhone

Part of Apple's Shot on iPhone 6 campaign, this shot is by Brendan O. of Copenhagen. It occupies the dedicated Apple billboard at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, which is visible to BQE drivers heading east (earlier post). The lanes narrow and curve just there to get under the bridge. It's easy to imagine the PR gang at Apple having fun with idea of harried BQE drivers desperately trying to stay in their lanes while their eyes are drawn into this bit of Copenhagen street art--if that's what it is. All the way down the rabbit hole.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bridge Partners

The Harlem River Drive is one of my favorite ways to enter New York. Once you cross the George Washington Bridge and manage to separate yourself from the scrum trying to get onto the Cross Bronx Expressway, a narrow center lane, leads you down along the West bank ridge of the river. It also you allows you to appreciate some of NYC's less major (I won't say "minor") bridges. Stuck in traffic before the exit to the Triboro (RFK) Bridge, I caught one of these clearly, the Park Avenue Bridge (above), and one, inexplicably, in a sun-blur, the Madison Avenue Bridge (below).

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In Plein Sight

The BTB was tipped off a while back by Robyn Love of a real-time painting going on right under our noses in the little triangle of formed between the LIE, the exit ramp to 48th St. (just off the BQE on the Queens side), and 48th St. itself. Demonstrating true esprit de blog, she got herself out there in time to meet the artist and get a snap of him with the work. Meet Daniel DaSilva.
(Photo: Robyn Love)
The BTB's own Research Bureau was a bit slower on the uptake. When we finally got out there this morning, we found the site--after a completely unnecessary roundtrip across the Kosciuszko Bridge--but with no artist in sight. It seems like unlikely spot to celebrate, at first. But looking at Daniel's work (in progress, from his website), you begin to appreciate the grandeur of it.

Like standing beneath a Roman aqueduct, perhaps. (Better, actually, since it's exceptionally well served by buses, one from Queens and one from Brooklyn.)

Sorry I didn't get to meet the artist in situ. You can see some more of his work on his website