On Open Mind, Claire Evans talks about her book Broad Band

April 17th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Claire Evans talks about her new book “Broad Band: The Untold Story of Women Who Made the Internet,” and is, as usual, so articulate and charismatic I want to take public speaking lessons from her.

Must-Watch Video for New York History Buffs

April 16th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

It’s just astounding. You have to watch it full screen. It’s the first video of its kind that makes the people feel, I don’t know how to describe it, less distant, like actual people I would have talked and laughed with.

At 3:37 is Grace Church, where I sing every week. To see it as it appeared 100 years ago, surrounded by 1911 New York was so so thrilling.

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

April 11th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

After visiting Dead Horse Bay we went across the street to Floyd Bennett Field. This is a huge area, apparently, and we only saw a small piece of it. This was taken on one of the abandoned runways, looking towards Manhattan.

Ever since working for the Mobil Corporation in the 1980s I’ve been drawn to oil company memorabilia. You can just barely see the Gulf logo on this abandoned hanger.

A little graffiti, which there wasn’t a lot of, come to think of it.

While we were there there was this strange circle around the sun. I couldn’t get the entire circle in my shot with the camera and lens I was using, but it went all the way around the sun. Does anyone know what caused this? Ah, just googled it. It’s called a “sun halo.”

Dead Horse Bay and Bottle Beach

April 10th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

There’s a beach in Brooklyn that is always strewn with mostly bottles and dead horse bones. I’m not sure why. Why do bottles continue to wash up on only this shore? Where do they come from? My friend Anthony found a plate marked “Made in Occupied Japan” which means it’s from 1947-1952. What is it about the seas, currents, tides and underwater geography that brought it here somewhere around 60 years later? Many of the bottles look the same, that makes me think they’re all coming from the same bottling manufacturer or bottling plant.

Bottle Beach and Dead Horse Bay

Bottle Beach and Dead Horse Bay

Bottle Beach and Dead Horse Bay

Addicted to HGTV

April 8th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I just read an essay in the Times titled Who Doesn’t Love to Hate-Watch HGTV? First, it’s not hate-watch for me, I love it all. But I did agree that so often the homes are being turned into the same place over and over and over. I wish there was more variety in the final product. But it doesn’t make me hate these shows, I still love them and I’m still entertained.

The essay did make me fantasize though, and this is a big part of the allure of these shows, fantasizing, but my fantasy was: there’s a contest and I can pick a home (paid for by the network) and then pick one of these show hosts to renovate it. There are certain things that each of them does that I love, and the best would be a combination of their talents, but in my fantasy I went with Brett Waterman from Restored. Those are my tastes, I love history and original details. But I love the Good Bones girls and what they do (and they have excellent taste in paintings), and I considered them, and I love how the Home Town people make things out of what they tore out of the house, and Jonathan on Property Brothers when he’s designing for one of those Brother vs Brother contests, I could go on. Oh and I want both Love it or List it and Love it or List it, Too to return!

Also part of my fantasy is buying my own furniture, and artwork, and having a say about all the finishes if there’s something that can’t be restored. I don’t understand people who hand all of this over to the show hosts and then move into a home they didn’t lovingly furnish themselves. Even if some of my tastes are just plain bad, I want my home to be reflection of me, bad taste and all. Otherwise I’d feel like I was moving into someone else’s home.

Which reminds me, my yearly Spring Cleaning is coming up. I can’t afford all the professional cleaning I had done in the year pictured below, but oh well! What I need more than professional cleaning is to have all of my wooden windows restored. They are completely falling apart. Brett Waterman can’t help me alas, because I rent. They’re likely never going to be fixed by anyone!