As I thought more about the event, I wondered why something similar, though on a much more ambitious scale, couldn't be attempted on the BQE. Rather than runners and bikers, we could flood an elevated section of the roadway--possibly where it skirts the Brooklyn Navy Yard or the massive warehouses in Sunset Park--and hold races for various kinds of flat-bottomed watercraft: canoes, kayaks, sculling boats.
|Chinese Dragon Boat Festival 2010|
In the evenings, gondolas could ply the elevated waterway while Brooklyn hipster bands provide an appropriate soundtrack. The festival would culminate in a Chinese dragon boat race, like the one pictured here in Hong Kong.
A pipe dream? Perhaps. Or just an excuse to share one of my favorite cartoons by the Polish writer Slawomir Mrozek (below). Reader, you decide.
|From Rysunki by Slawomir Mrozek (1972)|
Translation: "You, lads, don't be so jealous of me. Morally I stand in a lower position than you."