The Things We Rarely Notice

New York City's streets are blanketed with emergency call boxes, none (or few) of which work. We in the city pass them every day without notice. Just as a reminder, here are four of them found two blocks apart in Brooklyn's Marine Park neighborhood:Quentin Road and Marine ParkwayQuentin Road and E. 32nd StreetQuentin Road and … Continue reading The Things We Rarely Notice

Priorities and People

Yesterday evening, I realized the mayor was coming.It wasn’t hard: Department of Sanitation workers were cleaning the sidewalks in front of my house, my neighbors’, and across the street. Normally, that’s left for us homeowners to do. That, coupled with signs stapled to trees and posts stating “No Parking Saturday –Police Department,” made it clear … Continue reading Priorities and People

Brooklyn, a Bridge, and the Other Side

Friday, I went down to watch the fireworks. Sat on a stone retaining wall in the new park to the east of the Brooklyn Bridge.The crowd included Japanese holding balloons from the Nathan's hot-dog eating contest at Coney Island. Presumably, they'd been cheering on Takeru Kobayashi's unsuccessful effort to regain his title, only to lose … Continue reading Brooklyn, a Bridge, and the Other Side