Regarding Streets

Friday, June 9 2017

Friday Night, Bedford Ave

Man on curb, drunk, and leering.

Whatever Williamsburg ever was, it's a white man, middle-aged, on Bedford Avenue, sitting on the curb, slobbering on an unlit cigar, in front of an Equinox, drunk, and leering, now.

He was lifted up and carried off by a woman, big shopping bag in hand, who came out of the Duane Reade, who I’d guess was his wife.

On the topic of: Brooklyn, Changes, Gentrification, Leering, NYC, Streets, Williamsburg

Monday, April 25 2016

Scratchin' and Strollin'

Scratch cards and morning strolls.

On Quincy Ave, in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Life, NYC, Snapshots, Street Life, Streets

Monday, October 12 2015


Man atop a ring, under a Krown.

Perched on a ring, close to a Krown.

On the topic of: Adornment, Bed-Stuy, Bejewled Things, Brooklyn, Commuting, Morning, Street Scenes, Streets

Tuesday, July 14 2015

Heartfelt Illustration of a Wishing Well on a Wall in Manhattan


This is part of a mural on the side of a school around Hudson Square, in Manhattan. 

On the topic of: Art, City Life, Manhattan, Messages, Metaphors, NYC, Snapshots, Streets

Sunday, July 12 2015

Garbage Bag Over Hydrant

The leaking fire hydrant is covered with an empty plastic bag

The folks working at the community garden down the block tap into the fire hydrant on the corner to water their plants. 

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Community, Excess, Gardens, Snapshots, Streets, Waste, Water

Tuesday, March 24 2015

Emergent Artisinal Flavors 2015: Seafood Ice Cream

neon sign fried chicken restaurant bed-stuy

Seafood Ice Cream is one of those emergent artisanal flavors forecasted for trending in Spring 2015, right?

On the topic of: Artisanal, Bed-Stuy, Flavors, Ice Cream, Night, NYC, Snapshots, Storefronts, Streets

Monday, January 26 2015

Juno in NYC, Day 1 - The View from SoHo, Manhattan

young woman snow selfie in soho nyc

I left the office early to better prepare to panic at home later. Juno's coming, they said. Two to three feet of snow between now and tomorrow, they said. I brought the good camera along today and took a long walk towards the Canal Street J stop. I'd hoped along that way I'd see things of interest, bedlam or its relatives, erupting.

On the topic of: Blizzards, Juno, Manhattan, NYC, Panic, Slidewalks, Snow, SnowHo, SoHo, Storms, Streets

Sunday, November 23 2014

Dis- or Encouraging Words

princess Grafitti on a brick wall

I'm not sure if this is meant to be support the princess in her pursuits of entertainment or, because this is Brooklyn, sarcastic.

On the topic of: Bricks, Brooklyn, Chalk, Graffiti, Greenpoint, Streets

Tuesday, August 19 2014

I'm so Gwarek, I can hardly Vordhosbn myself

Aphex Twin logo spray painted williamsburg sidewalk

I could not be more excited by a spray-painted thing on the sidewalk. There's an Aphex Twin album scheduled to be released in September. No doubt this is foretelling the arrival of that.

On the topic of: Aphex Twin, Brooklyn, Graffiti, Logos, Music, Streets, Vandalism, Willliamsburg

Saturday, June 21 2014

Downtown Brooklyn Street

I'm on Swoomer's rooftop somewhere around 5th Avenue in Brooklyn. 

On the topic of: Brooklyn, Night, Street lights, Streets, Urban Life

Monday, June 2 2014

Chicken Grease on the Sidewalk

CHICKEN GREASE graffiti in sidewalk

I can only assume that this refers to the D'Angelo song by the same name, because that's the first and only thing I think of when I read or hear about chicken grease.

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Graffiti, Music, Sidewalks, Streets

Monday, June 2 2014

Passing by A Flophouse in Bushwick

bushwick streetscape neptune hotel

I try to walk a few blocks out of my known territory every other day to add what was yesterday's frontier to tomorrow's familiar spaces. I want to get a sense of place relative to where I'm living now. I want to learn where I can work, where the viable coffices are. I need to learn where I can buy food, like real groceries and not bodega meals. I was wandering south-easternly down Broadway when I saw Neptune Hotel.

On the topic of: Afternoon Strolls, Brooklyn, Bushwick, Strangers, Streets, Wandering

Tuesday, May 27 2014

Brooklyn Bodega; Recycling, Rubbish

brooklyn bodega refuse

The building at right is large, grey and plain. The structure's unremarkable facade is brought out by the smaller boedga and its bright yellow paint and heap of curbside debris. I liked that contrast and tried to convey it in a photograph. I don't think I managed to do that successfully.

On the topic of: Bodega, Boxes, Brooklyn, Snapshots, Storefronts, Streets

Monday, May 26 2014

New Neighbors at Night

brooklyn bed-stuy apartment building night lights

There are far fewer people on the streets here in Bed-Stuy than there were in Williamsburg. What people there are on the streets at this hour aren't on their way to a destination. They're seated and stationary, their activity extending to holding group conversations on stoops or in unfolded folding chairs near the entrances of their buildings. I'm on a folding chair on my roof. I purchased two of them from Ikea recently, along with a folding table. 

On the topic of: Apartments, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Low-rises, Neighborhoods, Night, Streets

Sunday, March 30 2014

Sunday Night, Grand Ave., Williamsburg.

storefront mannequin williamsburg night

I have mixed feelings on the Wes Andersen film I just saw. It's mostly because I have mixed feelings on Wes Anderson's filmic vibe, insistent adorableness, how his characters are oblivious to everything but their feelings, how they profess righteousness and innocence with annoying immaturity, their detachment, and the whole tweeness of it all. But that very much captures the zeitgeist of this generation. Maybe I dislike his films because I dislike his characters because they remind me of half the people of my age in this part of Brooklyn. 

On the topic of: Brooklyn, Night, NYC, Streets, Urban, Williamsburg