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Is S.S. United States Coming to Brooklyn?

According to a New York Times article, S.S. United States, once the pride of our nation’s merchant marine and last holder of the Blue Riband, may be moved from a pier in Philadelphia where she has been docked for some years (and where I photographed her in 2006) to “a location in Brooklyn within four [...]

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Smell Something? Say Something.

We’ve received this somewhat cryptic message from Notify NYC: Notification issued on 7/19/14 at 11:18 AM. The United States Coast Guard reports that a ship in Arthur Kill [red in map] off the coast of Staten Island is offloading various fuel products. As a result, there may be an odor in Staten Island and Brooklyn. [...]

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Karl’s Video History of Brooklyn Ferry

We’re approaching the 200th anniversary of the beginning of steam powered ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Karl Junkersfeld has made a video (see it after the jump) marking the occasion, and giving the history of ferry service, and of the Brooklyn neighborhood (now the Fulton Ferry Historic District and, to its north, DUMBO) that [...]

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Marina, Roller Rink, and More to Come at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Construction work at Brooklyn Bridge Park will pick up further in 2014, thanks to some recent awards in response to Requests for Proposals and decisions regarding other projects. Edgewater Resources, “a multi- disciplinary marina design, development, and management company with extensive national and international experience,” will develop and operate a marina between Piers 4 and [...]

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Photos From a Night Walk Through Brooklyn Bridge Park

These photos were taken on the evening of Tuesday, December 10. The Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931), as seen from Pier 1, was illuminated in blue, in honor of Human Rights Day and Human Rights Watch. Ducks paddling in the spiral cove inland from Pier 2. Pier 5, lit up at night, [...]

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A Tour of Pier 5 and Unfinished Parts of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunday at noon I joined a group of architecture and park enthusiasts for a tour of the completed Pier 5 and the still under construction uplands of Piers 4 and 3. We were led to Pier 5 by Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Senior Project Manager, Leigh Trucks (photo). More photos and text after the jump. As [...]

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The Sights that can be Seen from Brooklyn Heights

This morning I set out early for my walk along the Promenade down to Pier 1 and back. The combination of low, scudding clouds and a sun still low to the eastern horizon created some interesting lighting effects on lower Manhattan buildings. In the photo above (more photos and text after the jump) the top [...]

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Views from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade at Twilight

A few evenings ago, your correspondent took a stroll along the Promenade, starting shortly after sunset. A sloop was sailing in the harbor. (More photos and text after the jump.) Shortly after, the South Street Seaport Museum’s historic schooner Pioneer rounded the tip of Manhattan, heading out on an evening cruise. Holding her torch aloft, [...]

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Evening Walk Photos: Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights

I took a walk early yesterday (Monday) evening. On my way from the Squibb Park pedestrian bridge on to Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, I was greeted by this gray catbird (thanks to reader elw_ny and FB friend John Hunt for the species ID). A little farther along, I found a red saddlebags dragonfly (thanks [...]

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Whale Carcass Towed Past Brooklyn Heights?

Update: Appearances can be deceiving! It wasn’t a whale carcass; it was a boat fender. Thanks to reader Erin Hughes for the tip. On my morning walk today, I saw this launch motoring past Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, towing something mysterious. A miniature submarine? The flag flying from the boat’s bow staff said New [...]

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4th of July Photos: Celebrations in Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Despite the heat and humidity, many people were out enjoying the holiday. The Picnic Peninsula, near the landward side of Pier 5, was crowded. Every grill was in use. There were plenty of customers lined up for ice cream at the Ample Hills Creamery concession, Pier 5. The Hudson River sloop Clearwater was docked at [...]

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Walk Photos: Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park

These photos were taken during several walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 14 to 16. Hydrangeas were in bloom on Remsen Street just east of Hicks. Basic work appears complete on the first of the sound attenuating berms meant to shield Brooklyn Bridge Park from the noise of the BQE. A view from the [...]

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More Walk Photos: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Fulton Ferry Historic District

The showy tulips, daffodils, and purple irises of May are gone from the Promenade Gardens, but these pretty red and white blossoms were, like June, bustin’ out. Crossing the Pedestrian bridge from Squibb Park, I noticed that preliminary work appears to be underway for the Pierhouse hotel and condo complex. I shot this crossing the [...]

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Walk Photos: Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Historic District, and Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday’s walk took me to the library to return some books, then to DUMBO, to Brooklyn Bridge Park, then back into the Heights. These purple flowers were at the southern entrance to Cadman Plaza Park. There was soccer action on the field south of the Brooklyn War Memorial (Eggers and Higgins, sculpture by Charles Keck, [...]

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Memorial Day Walk Photos: Brooklyn Heights & Nearby

Your correspondent and family returned from visiting friends on Cape Cod Sunday, having endured a rainy, chilly couple of days there. We understand it was, if anything, worse here. I was delighted to get up Monday ready to enjoy one more day’s holdiday, and find bright sunshine and milder temperatures. So, I took a walk. [...]

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Mystic Whaler Arrives at Brooklyn Bridge Park

On my morning walk yesterday I looked out from the Promenade and saw the schooner Mystic Whaler approaching the reach of water between Governors Island and Manhattan. I knew she was supposed to dock at Pier 5, but her course seemed to be taking her into the East River, so I continued down to Pier [...]

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