Tuesday, May 9, 2017
If it's deserted, which it usually is, the dog gets to hop on a bench here and eat a biscuit. Sometimes a couple of kids are playing ball, or a couple of people are sitting around eating lunch. There's an occasional small child. The playground's getting a $2.5 M renovation soon. This seems like an awful lot of money, but I have no idea how much playgrounds cost. I'd resurface the courts, put in a sprinkler and some climbing equipment, & let the kids go at it.
I like it here. The next-door sanitation garage is something of a draw, along with all the businesses nearby - the tile and marble cutters, the ironworks, the pen factory, the auto shops, that bedding warehouse that's a hit with African shoppers, where groups of elegant women pore over sheet sets and sometimes you'll find a group of men at prayer on the sidewalk. I like the ladies of a certain age hanging out at Nelson's Hawg House - tough but friendly cookies all made up in black. I like the parking lots at Lowe's and Pathmark (RIP), where the canal's all your own. I like Big J Liquors, where the price is nice. Viaduct and expressway views, a couple of tucked away houses that I covet out of all proportion. It's all a nice quick hop down from home. With a good old low level landscape (remember when it used to be that way farther east?), the skies are top notch, especially early in the morning or at day's end.