Tag Archives: A Walk In The Park

Wine In The Garden

20 Mar

Wine Garden

Somewhere over on the border of Gowanus and Boerum Hill (I can’t remember where exactly) lives a genius gardener who may not have figured out how to use all those wine corks she’s been saving, but rather how to use the wine bottles.

Gowanus Canal

Ah, the Gowanus Canal.  No seals or bodies this day.

Boerum Hill Church

I can’t remember the name of this Roman Catholic church in Boerum Hill on Hoyt between DeGraw and Sackett, but check out how many people that live behind it have swimming pools!

It’s keeping up with the Jonses gone wild.

Awesomeness!

9 Feb

Snowboarding In The City

I came out of the Union Square subway station yesterday morning and was instantly confused.  There was a Greenmarket on.  This usually happens on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  I actually had to ask one of the vendors what day it was.  He confirmed that it was in fact Thursday.  So why were they there?  To feed hungry snowboarders.  Huh?  He said, turn around.  And there, when I did, was a little mini-mountain of snow and a whole gaggle of boarders.

Boarding In Union Square

They were just setting up for a big competition that was to occur later that night. So I went back on my trip home.  The kids weren’t going too hard, I guess the fear of landing on concrete is a mighty one, but it was an amazing thing to witness in the middle of the City’s hustle and bustle.

Boarding In Union Square

Ah, New York… You just never know what you’re going to find around the next corner.

Peace Be With You

10 Jan

Tompkins Square Temperance

Tompkins Square Park isn’t usually this quiet, but on a drizzly New Year’s day, it felt like we were the only people in the park.

The Temperance Fountain, erected by a teetotaling San Franciso dentist in 1888, features a beautiful statue of the goddess Hebe and actually has water in it (given the park’s history, this is quite an achivement).

Drizzle Drops

5 Jan

Rainy New Year

Thanks to Bette Midler, yes, that Bette Midler, the community gardens of New York survive and thrive.  These gems, usually located on abandoned lots in what used to be low-income neighborhoods like the East Village and Lower East Side, were once in danger of being sold off to the highest bidder.  And then, yes, Bette stepped in and saved the day.

This is one of those gardens in the East Village on New Year’s Day.  I can’t remember which of the three on this block it is specifically, but I think it might be the Earth People garden.

And why are these gardens important?  They provide peace, quiet and serenity in the middle of chaos.  They’re a great place to read and bird-watch, have a little picnic or just sit and think.  I can’t imagine the city without them!

Ka-Boom!

2 Jan

New Year's Eve Prospect Park Fireworks

Happy New Year everybody!

We spent our last minutes of 2006 beneath the annual fireworks display in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

They were setting them off about 300 feet in front of us and exploding maybe, six stories above our heads. By the time the finale came around I was gobsmacked. I couldn’t cheer anymore, or smile any bigger, I was simply in awe.

Any day is a fantastic day to go to Olmstead & Law’s most impressive creation (in my humble opinion), but if you find yourself without a destination in the last hours of 2007 jump on a subway and head for the arch. Just be sure to get there before midnight!