defend brooklyn

A stray cat hangs out in the lot that might unfortunately become the prohibitively-expensive Whole Foods near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

Speaking of being eco-friendly, Jenn and I made it out to the monthly Brooklyn Critical Mass, at Grand Army Plaza on Friday.  It was decidedly higher profile than normal, with the widely-publicized police brutality at last Friday’s Manhattan ride.  The entire, enjoyable 2.5 hour police-escorted cruise through Park Slope, Dumbo, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Bushwick, and some other remote neighborhoods went successfully, without tickets or much police harassment.  The vast majority of onlookers cheered and waves, though a handful of drivers and pedestrians shouted some funny things: “I thought the Olympics was in China!  Yall is the Special Olympics!” and, “Are you the Bike Squad?”, “There goes the Gay Marathon!” plus, “Communist bastards!” Haha, near a bar, some guy walked out with his beer and asked “What are you riding for?” and someone responded “Yes!  What are you drinking for?”  We met a few nice fellow cyclists, including some people active with TimesUp and a Dyker Heights guy on a black and white Langster named Mike (who reminded us of a younger and slightly more Brooklyn Mike Morarian).  Great fun, check it out next month.

• This past Tuesday I made it out to a small group ride for some training laps at Prospect ParkHenri, Lewis, and (damn, drawing a blank now on the other name), were super nice, and very fast.  I’ve got a little ways to go before I can power through that many laps at a decent clip again.

• Speaking of keeping active, in very unfortunate news, my super-active British uncle, Peter, died unexpectedly the other week.  He was a well-respected physician and marathon runner based out of Richmond, Virgina.  He’ll be missed.

Under-appreciated South Slope, Brooklyn.

• So as of August 1, I officially became a Brooklyn resident. I’m living out of a suitcase on 9th street in Park Slope until I move into South Slope (on 23rd St) on September 1st.  But no, to get “BROOKLYN” on one’s knuckles is certainly more than a little preemptive.  Though, I did get this on my left arm a little over a month ago (though it’s a homage to a small place in South Carolina, not the NYC area):

Carroll Gardens side of the Gowanus Canal.

• The new Five Guys Burgers & Fries on 7th Ave in Park Slope does cook great burgers.  The normal ones are double patties, and the smalls are single patties.  Their interior space and identity do seem to be a laziness-driven cop-out, but the food is certainly worth checking out once or twice a month (though, go easy on the arteries).

• Last night Jenn and I caught I’ll Come Running (2008) as part of the Rooftop Films series over at the American Can Factory on 3rd Street.  The passion-into-freak-accident plot reminded me a lot of the poorly-named Japanese Story (2003).  A 2-person band called “Bell” opened for the film, and drew upon Bjork inspiration to layer vocals, keyboard, and electronic drums, sounding like a cuter and decidedly less catchy version of Cassettes Won’t Listen.

Defend Brooklyn.

• Thanks to Jason & Kirby for throwing a good, old-fashioned cookout in the backyard of their 8th Street apartment, in the heart of the Park Slope brownstones.  Filled with many of their triathlon friends and coworkers.

Remnants of an alleyway pool party in the Lower while I was moving out.

8 thoughts on “defend brooklyn”

  1. Your photographs are so intriguing. Really informative blog. Brooklyn critical mass must have been fun – weird things that people shout out…

  2. it took me a good 20 minutes to find that cat! it was like a where’s waldo page

    anyway, i’ve been lurking around on your blog for a while and have really liked your pictures. i just recently got into photography myself

  3. Thanks, guys.

    Admittedly, I didn’t actually know the cat was in the frame until I was processing the shots later — at the time I was holding the camera over a fence and was focusing on the building.

    Nice that you’re getting into photography — it looks like you’re in the Atlanta area perhaps?

  4. yes i do live in atlanta

    actually this is going to sound totally stalkerish – but we went to highschool and college together, but never really hung out. anyway, when i started getting into digital photography i looked at that digital slr thread that you started on tww and then came across your blog through that.

    yeeeeeeeeeah, i’m going to stop being creepy now 🙂

  5. Ah cool — naw, no worries — I think we may have had a health class together during the Enloe days, possibly? But thanks for the kind words earlier, and I hope you’re finding some good stuff to shoot down that way.

  6. HEY-O, Five Guys! That business was started in Arlington by five brothers (hence…). My step-brother knows two of them, actually. They get rave reviews (as I’m sure you saw on their walls) and are often compared to In-n-Out. There’s one right down the block from our house in Arlington, actually. My arteries are surely not happy.

    Also: There’s a 90% chance of Paul in NYC/Brooklyn around the 20th. I’ll let you know as more details emerge.

    And nice pics, as always.

  7. Haha, nice – I didn’t know that Five Guys was hailing from the Northern Virginia area, good to know!

    I haven’t yet had the pleasure of trying the famed In-n-Out burgers out west.

    Definitely give me a holler if you’re around next wed, especially if you need a place to crash, or just to hang. I want you to try out my new bike too — I feel like it rides similarly to your Steamroller (although it’s a 57cm instead of 60cm).

    I’m still waiting for the Icy Heights to return!

  8. Ah, well the Icy Heights (as a name) is gone, but I’m working on something new….

    Do you still use IM? I lost your screenname.

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