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Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Quick Trip To Queens

Yesterday's journey to Greenpoint continued into Long Island City as we drove across the Pulaski Bridge. Paid a visit to the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge, got up close and personal. The Bridge, completed in 1909, connects Long Island City to Roosevelt Island and Manhattan. Read about its history on

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Trip to Greenpoint on the Second Day of Spring

I like to visit Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood in our beloved borough. One interesting sight is the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, fascinating architecture. OK, how many people get excited about a wastewater treatment plant, maybe engineers and photographers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Back to Red Hook

I can't resist Red Hook, it's one of my favorite neighborhoods, gotta be careful driving on those cobblestone streets, they could kill my transmission. Valentino Pier is a friendly place, for children and dogs and the rest of us. Warmer temperatures bring out the population for fishing, running and just chillin'. We're headed for Spring.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Leaving Brooklyn But Not Very Far

We have just about everything here except maybe the Alps. Certainly we have wetlands/marshlands to explore so yesterday a friend and I took a trip to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, taking the Belt Parkway Exit 17/Woodhaven Boulevard. It's a short hop from there south on Cross Bay Boulevard to the Refuge, part of Gateway National Park, the only non-contiguous national park in the U.S. The West Pond features so many different shorebirds, the East Pond across the street is the "road less travelled", fewer visitors. Right now everything is hovering between Winter and Spring. We passed through a lovely birch forest, hope you like the photos.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Morning Light in Red Hook

Since I had to move my car this morning because of parking regulations, I decided to get up early and beat the sun to Red Hook, one of my absolute favorite neighborhoods, I feel as though I'm going back in time when I drive on those old cobblestone streets. I usually go around sunset, never in the morning but I was not disappointed. Lots of activity, many trucks around, busy workers. I love the water, some of my favorite views are from Red Hook. I had the Ikea parking lot to myself and availed myself of some photo ops.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tribute to Bob Guskind

I've been sending my photographs of neighborhoods such as Bay Ridge, Coney Island and Red Hook to Bob Guskind for a couple of years for use on his glorious Although I never met him, he touched my life more deeply than I can express with his generosity and kindness and his devotion to our beloved borough of Brooklyn, he was so concerned about the overdevelopment of many neighborhoods and their potential loss of identity. I share his deep concern about the future of Coney Island. Bob's love of animals was also apparent in his "GL Adoptable Cutie" postings each week. Not to mention the street couch series.

I welcome comments from others who knew Bob, and would someone please let us know when/where a memorial service will be held. Thank you so much.