Sunday, July 14, 2019

Let Us Pray for You

Where was the singing coming from?  I heard it blocks away and finally saw the members of the Pentacostal Roca de Seguridad out on the sidewalk.  Their building was put on the market a few years ago, but it looked like the church had managed to keep it.  I swung back to the corner half an hour later to see if I could take a picture or two up close, only to find it empty.  I'd missed at least a couple of opportunities.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Aaron Rose's Coney Island

Aaron Rose  (Museum of the City of New York)

"July is here, and so, for many, is beach season. Aaron Rose, who made his art-world début in his late fifties, at the 1997 Whitney Biennial, spent three summers in the early nineteen-sixties photographing the beaches of Coney Island. Shooting inconspicuously with a 35-mm. Leica, Rose caught his subjects unawares, and, in the process, captured the sweaty languor of New York City’s most iconic summer attraction."  (New Yorker)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Summer of 1973

Shade 2 and King Kool 156 - photograph by Jack Stewart (Museum of the City of New York)

Monday, July 1, 2019

Retail Prospects

The Prospect Care pharmacy that replaced Caesar's carpet store (moved across the street) has just opened.  Opposite the pharmacy there's been action at the empty Bravo store across the street, and good, it's another supermarket.

What's more, it looks like it'll be a decent one, if it's run like the Prospect Market on Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace.  It should be a good addition to the avenue.

Young Ethel's, the new bar that at 13th that will replace comedy bar Salzi's is still in the works, and a block north, the long-empty store that housed the fascinating hanger-on Mezini/La Royale/Beba's La Royale will re-open as Winemak'her.  It's unclear if it's open yet, as the business website suggests, but if not, it looks like it's nearly there.

Winemak’her is a wine bistrot in Brooklyn Park Slope, offering woman winemaker wine from France and other countries of origin, and featuring an indoor pétanque (French popular ball sport) track.
We offer wine, beer, sweet wine, cocktails as well as French aperitif alcohols such as pastis. And small plate with organic and local food, to share.
We don’t aim to be too upscale, our prices are mid-range and aligned with the competition, but featuring a women winemaker-centered wine list, with lot of biologic wine, and also food that’s healthy, organic, and locally sourced.

Jukebox NYC boxing club/boot camp, a reincarnation of Rise Brooklyn Fitness, appears to have made a successful jump to its new location at Fifth & 12th & is always buzzing with activity when I walk by, a marked contrast to some of the other small gyms that have opened round here.

Food, booze, fitness & of course, nails.  And pets.  Petland Discounts closed (people order pet supplies online these days), but for now, at least, pet sitting isn't virtual.  Thus, on Fourth & 19th:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Meanwhile, in pharmacy news, the Rite Aid at Fifth & 10th will become a Walgreens in August.  I'd noticed the store shelves were half-empty, and one of the store clerks (my favorite) told me about the change.  She'd said she'd be keeping her job.  Walgreens bought almost two thousand Rite Aid stores last year, and the majority of these will be rebranded by 2020.

I'm not much of a Rite Aid shopper.  I'm all for Neergaard.  But Walgreens owns the British company Boots, & if they stock some Boots No 7 products in their new store on Fifth they'll get me through the doors.

Very few Rite Aid pictures in the archives.  Here's one from 2010, when a car crashed into the place.

Several blocks farther south we can expect Not Just Chocolate soon.


Suddenly one evening the linden trees blossomed.  The smell lingered all along the avenue, so thick and sweet a perfume it was almost cloying.  The everyday blocks, unbuttoning themselves, reclined and turned languid.   We all began to take our time.

Monday, June 17, 2019

By Chance, on Sunday

At City Lore - Waterfront Heroes

... Those profiled and honored in the exhibit include Samir Farag of the Museum of Maritime Navigation & Communication; Ray Keenan of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association; Waterfront Museum founder David Sharps; steam whistle collector Conrad Milster; Adam Green, founder and executive director of Rocking the Boat, empowering youth through boatbuilding and environmental stewardship; the South Shore Bay House Owners Association; North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association; Fulton fish market painter Naima Rauam; the South Shore Waterfowlers Association; Hurricane Sandy hero and kavi singer Seetha Wickramasuriya; and Carolina Salgeuro, founder and president of PortSide NewYork, a living lab for promoting better urban waterways.

This exhibit includes historic and contemporary photographs and videos by noted photographers Thomas Pich, Martha Cooper, Mike Busch from Great South Bay Images, and others. Exhibit design by Fred Elman and Joan Raiselis.

Naima Rauam

"Everything is holy! everybody’s holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman’s an angel! —Allen Ginsberg"

At  Dean Lance's exhibition Mourn the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living, part of this year's Howl Festival.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pick a Vape

Beyond Vapes"& Convenience is a few doors down from Vapes on Broadway.  Bonus points for the faded ad for criminal injury lawyer John J. Ciafone on the Broadway side of the Beyond Vapes" building, and for the shutters & No Parkig signs next door to Vapes on Broadway.  It's a tough one.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Two Hundred Years

And how I was not palpable once but am now ... and was born
           on the last day of May 1819  .... and passed from a babe
           in the creeping trance of three summers and three winters
           to articulate and walk .... all are equally wonderful.

And that I grew six feet high .... and that I have become a man
           thirty-six years old in 1855 .... and that I am here anyhow ....
           are all equally wonderful;
And that my soul embraces you this hour, and we affect each other
           without ever seeing each other, and never perhaps to see
           each other, is every bit as wonderful.

                                             Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1855)