Brooklyn

My mother’s 3rd grade class

My mother's 3rd grade class

January, 1924. PS 167, Brooklyn, New York. My mother, Frances, is in this picture. Tell me in comments which one you think she is. Let’s call the front row row 1.

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I wonder what kinds of lives these kids had? I wonder how many of them are still alive? I love these old pictures, they’re a wormhole into another time.

PS 167 on Google Maps and the school’s site.

Frames of New York

Frames of New York

New York City. Gary and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and into Brooklyn, then back across and up Broadway to dinner at 27th St. and then to Times Square and back to Grand Central. New York is a lot of fun to "hike," even on a relatively hot and humid day.

Note: I rented a few new and different cameras for Gary’s visit so we could actually use them rather than just handling them at the B&H counter. This was taken with a rented Canon 7D and a rented Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L. Lots of fun to play with this stuff.

Brooklyn Bridge, west tower

Brooklyn Bridge, West Tower

New York City. This is the west (Manhattan-side) tower on The Brooklyn Bridge and just one of the two massive arches that unite the three vertical columns (like an “M”). Most modern bridges have two columns that are connected like an “H” and some of the most modern bridges in both Europe and Asia have a single column on each tower with the roadway suspected under it (like an “I”).

The size and weight of these towers is impressive even in modern times; I felt like I was looking at The Great Pyramids and wondering how on earth the engineers of the time built this thing, let alone got the bridge put together. Maybe it’s time to rent and re-watch the PBS special on the building of this monster of a bridge (in its time).

Compressed Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

New York City. A friend gave us access to the roof of a six story building in Little Italy and even though we weren’t much higher than the surrounding area, the views were still fantastic. The Manhattan Bridge connects lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and from this angle with this telephoto lens the depth of this view is compressed. That compression, flattening, or shortening of the depth is analogous to what a bridge like this does connecting the different worlds of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Queens, Manhattan and beyond

Queens, Manhattan and beyond

Flying west over Long Island Sound, Queens on the left, Brooklyn beyond, Verrazano Narrows Bridge Connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island and Manhattan’s on the right with the Hudson river running down its west side. The other side of the river is New Jersey.

The bridge at the bottom of the image is the Whitestone Bridge connecting the Bronx with Queens on Long Island. I crossed that bridge a few hours earlier on my way from Connecticut to JFK Airport.

Manhattan

Looking down the length of Manhattan Island, East River on the left with Queens and Brooklyn on the other side, Hudson river on the right with New Jersey on the other side. George Washington Bridge crosses the Hudson.