Sunday, March 17, 2013
I ended up walking this way home from Flatbush, as fat wet snowflakes drifted down. Just by the old school building at State & Third (Brooklyn Boys Boarding School (1840), & a Civil War infirmary), a bunch of black balloons shot into the air.
At Pacific, The Brooklyn New York Times Printing Plant (1929): testament to an age when print mattered. A place where passers by could look right in & see a newspaper take shape.
St. Marks Place. By now the snow just a whisper of flakes. The Yeya grocery's fading red/blue/yellows a part of the city's history as much as any grand structure. On the window: Newports, Crazy Stallion Malt Liquor, Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus (what??) lemonade, Joltin' Joe (DiMaggio), morose emblem of Arizona Espresso. I Heart Big Cans.. Meat Market up top.
More newspaper relics at Third & Douglass. The former Daily News Brooklyn Garage (1919), with its New York's Picture Newspaper camera right in the center of things.
Up Douglass: Marble Tile, Terazzo & Granite Corps, with columns bearing the owner's initials: C. A. - Carlo Amato.