Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mrs. Geriatric Chats with the Postman

The pooch must have the patience of a monk. Perhaps it's a stuffed dog?

Caton Avenue, near East 7th St., Kensington, Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

She's so excited...

...and she just can't hide it!

Park Slope, corner of Seventh Avenue and 9th St., Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, February 26, 2007

An Unlonely Bench: Two Days Later

Just two inches of snow in the early morning, and the unlonely bench is now rather non-unlonely. What a shame.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Shopping in Downtown Brooklyn

Fulton Mall, near Jay St., Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

An Unlonely Bench

Ever since I quit flickr, this is how I spend my days.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Looking From the Outside In: Dunkin' Donuts on Atlantic Avenue

Corner of Atlantic Avenue and Fourth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Watching Baby Einstein

Marcus and his mommy watch his favorite Baby Einstein DVD, "Baby MacDonald."

Even though he has a whole set to choose from, including Baby Van Gogh and Baby Galileo, this particular DVD is one that he wants to watch again and again, all the while waving his hands and hooting whenever the puppets appear.

As an interesting cultural note, the pattern of the blanket draping the couch is based on the Nova Scotia tartan, which is half of Marcus' heritage.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sunrise Through the Rushes

With the days finally starting to get longer again, my early morning jogs no longer begin in darkness and end in darkness. It's still winter, but this is a welcome sign of spring and warmer days to follow.

Prospect Park Lake, Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Checking Out at the Supermarket

This job might be drudgery, but it pays the bills (and helps buy big earrings, too!).

Foodtown, McDonald Avenue, near Albermarle Rd., Kensington, Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Deno's Wonder Wheel

Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

An Entrance Where Time Stands Still

This picture could well have been taken in the 1930's or 1940's, so little the building has changed over the decades.

110 East 42nd St., Manhattan, New York.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Must. Run. Faster!

Approaching the finish line, the runner on the right noticed that Toothless Ruth* was gaining on her, so she put on a burst of panic-fueled speed.

Yes, that is foam around Ruth's mouth. You'd run faster, too!

*Her actual nickname.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Prospect Park Audubon Center in Winter

Also known as the Boathouse next to Prospect Park lake, which is frozen over in the foreground.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day from Brooklyn!

The white flecks you see in the dark areas is not some odd sensor dust, but falling snow that was part of today's Nor'easter which passed through NYC.

East Fourth Street, near Caton Ave., Kensington, Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kids Sale, Half Off

Church Avenue, near E. 5th St., Kensington, Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Fender Bender

A delivery truck sideswiped a car as it passed, partially tearing off the front-left bumper. Predictably, the drivers of both vehicles got out to see what happened. The delivery truck driver appeared to be a Central-American Hispanic, whereas the driver from the afflicted vehicle looked every inch a Brooklyn-born Italian-American.

In the ensuing altercation, the following dialogue was heard:

[Delivery truck driver, first man on the left] "Is no my foll!* Choo hit me."

[The other driver, wearing sunglasses] "What? You think I'm stupid? Well, do you?!?"

[Delivery truck driver] "Is no my foll!"

*foll = fault

The other two men in the photo were hanging out in front of a nearby pizzeria and came over to watch.

Prospect Park Southwest, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Crystal reads with Marcus one of his favorite bedtime stories. He always smiles at the very end of the book, when the caterpillar emerges as a butterfly, its wings bright with every color of every food it ate throughout the story.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Scoping Out the Brooklyn Bridge

South Street Seaport (Pier 17), Manhattan, New York.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Prospect Park Southwest entrance

The main loop of Prospect Park is exactly 3.35 miles, and it's shared by walkers, joggers, bikers, and cars. However, cars can only enter the park at certain hours in the morning and in the evening, which makes the park more pedestrian-friendly and less like an Indiana 500 speedway.

Hence, the "Do Not Enter" sign on this particular entrance, which is ocassionally ignored by some errant motorists who drive around it (and quickly pulled aside by alert police who are just waiting to pounce on such scofflaws).

The statue on the pedestal is called The Horse Tamers, by Frederick MacMonnies. I'll likely take more detailed photos of this statue, and all the others that adorn Prospect Park.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A new milestone: Marcus feeds himself with a spoon!

Marcus, who had only turned one year old this past January 21, has been developing in several areas, including walking, pointing at things in recognition, and doing certain things when asked (like clapping!). But up until only a few days ago, the only way we could get Marcus to feed himself was to allow him to scoop up his food with his hands, which, as you can probably guess, usually resulted in a big smeary mess.

Perhaps watching Mommy and Papi eating with utensils, or placing a spoon repeatedly in his hand helped him to realize that there's a better (and neater) way to eat than to hurl food around his high chair, but whatever inspired the little boy, he's finally started to coordinate his hands into the right spooning motions. Well, sort of. :)

In the photo, Marcus just finished a container of sliced peaches. At various points in the self-feeding session, he held the spoon at both ends (even getting some peachy bits on my lens when he managed to flip some toward me) and sometimes used the container as a utensil, if you can imagine how that's possible. I'm sure that soon he'll graduate up to a fork, or perhaps even a serrated hunting knife for the really big kills, but meanwhile, he's just taking baby steps along the way.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Carvel Ice Cream on Church Avenue

Back in the day, Carvel ice cream stores were a common sight in almost every neighborhood in NYC. One of my first memories as a child growing up on the hard streets of the city was being able to buy a soft-serve vanilla cone for 25 cents (imagine my shock when the price jumped to 35 cents around my 11th birthday). Around the late 1980's, the Carvel franchise started to shrink as store after store closed down forever. Although Carvel enjoyed a brief resurgence around the mid-1990's, even that collapsed as well, and now we're only left with a few holdouts, like the one pictured above, and the factory-made ice cream cakes one can buy at most supermarkets.

It's a shame that all good things inevitably come to pass. But just as with people, the old generation must make way for the new generation. Let's see if the Cold Stone Creamery, which aspires to be the Starbucks of the ice cream world, will be the next generation to supplant Carvel. With the Starbucks-like prices CSC charges, I tend to doubt it, but then again, who would ever have imagined that anyone would pay premium prices -- daily, mind you -- for a few cents worth of coffee beans? As the French would say: on verra!

Corner of Church Avenue and E. 2nd St., Kensington, Brooklyn, NY.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Church Ave. Food Corp.

Church Avenue, near McDonald Ave., Kensington, Brooklyn, NY.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Cool Runnings

The temperature in NYC continues to plummet to arctic lows. This morning it was 10°F, with a wind chill factor of -6°F.

Without question, this would be a day at the beach for most Canadians. but for everyone else south of the 49th Parallel, it was incredibly cold. To prepare for my five-mile run at 6:00 AM, I had to put on extra gear to keep from freezing my tail on the trail. Some of the garments included:

RRS lined Gore-tex jacket: $200.00.
Nike Gore-tex lobster mitts: $75.00.
EMS windproof fleece hat: $40.00
Neoprene mask: $15.00.
Looking like a bank robber: Priceless.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

McDonald's in Chinatown, NYC

"You want flies with that?"

Canal Street, between Broadway and Lafayette St., Manhattan, New York.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Morning Musings at a Cafe

[Person on the left, shielding eyes] George, there's a guy across the street taking pictures. He might be a freedom-hating terrorist -- do something!

[Person in the middle, sipping from cup] I will, honey, just as soon as I finish this delicious grande-sized mint mocha frappucino.

[Person on the right, writing letter] "Dear flickr, I wish I knew how to quit you."

Friday, February 02, 2007

Affordable NYC living space, only steps from the park.

A homeless man resting on a bench next to Prospect Park.

All his worldly belongings are on a grocery cart, which is packed so full that only the wheels can be seen. The cops came by shortly thereafter to remind him that he has places to go (where he's not welcome) and people to see (who would rather have him stay away).

Prospect Park Southwest, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Developing Dexterity

Marcus starts opening his fun box filled with plastic shapes. The aforementioned mallet comes next.

Yes, my little boy's hands are really that big. I shot this with a mild portrait lens, so the FOV is actually compressed, not exaggerated.

Even though Marcus just turned one, he's already a big galoot!