Posted by: faithinbrooklyn | June 12, 2010

Remember the dry dock?

The significance of dry dock rehabilitation became clear when we listened to David Sharps who lives aboard the Waterfront Museum Barge who told us about when his barge got ship worms because the water was too clean to kill the little suckers!  What David had to go through with respect to hauling, docking and repairing that barge was so heart wrenching that I was reminded of the ease with which the Brooklyn Naval Yard was able to repair boats in its dry dock, one of the two remaining.  Look at the ease with which the fixing people can access the whole boat with stairs, ledges and NO WATER!

Posted by: faithinbrooklyn | June 12, 2010

Making the inappropriate appropriate

NEH Along the Shore

If, as we learned in our NEH program Along the Shore, Coney Island was established or functioned as a place where middle class adventure seekers could freely set aside notions of appropriate behavior for a less rigid approach to play and entertainment.  The new Luna Park has maintained the integrity of inappropriateness to such an extent that a stuffy middle-class visitor from Philadelphia might, were she so driven, “Shoot the Freak,” as one of our dignified members of this NEH Along the Shore program did – with gusto!  I was pleased, however, to see that “the freak” was not a freak at all but just a young fellow who held a board up in front of his face and had a covering over his tauntingly gyrating genitalia.  I wonder here about the logic of making appropriate  the inappropriate.  Doesn’t that suggest, then, that any appropriate behavior – at least, in the context of Coney Island – is APPROPRIATE, so GO FOR IT; shoot the freak!

Posted by: faithinbrooklyn | June 12, 2010

What a ride!

I am so grateful for this scintillating NEH week in Brooklyn that I am practically speechless.  Brooklyn IS a landmark, and its best asset is that it is a vibrant, pulsing, evolving space of nooks and crannies, vodka and beer, barges and tankers, brownstone and bricks, churches and roller coasters, perogies and bagels, Roeblings and Pierreponts, subways and bicycles, grass and sidewalks, parks and bridges.  Thank you, City Tech.  Thank you, NEH.  Thank you, Brooklyn!

Posted by: faithinbrooklyn | June 10, 2010


Who took out the window?This is the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (see link to map, a building that has maintained its integrity through its continued use as a manufacturing site, but what happens when Mr. Jones decides to brick up one of his windows?  Does this modify the historical integrity of a site, or does just the fact that it is being used according to its original intent preserve its integrity?  Do these layers of use and modifications of surface give the building the kind of legitimacy that Ruskin contends we can never recover or restore?

Posted by: faithinbrooklyn | June 10, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge –

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn side, I wondered who painted the bridge, who chose the color and how often it needed to be repainted.    I was reminded of all those workers who built the bridge and who were ultimately excluded from the festive opening day celebrations; the same thing happened to the Chinese workers who came into Beijing from the countryside to construct the glitz and glitter for the Olympics and then were sent back to the country, out of sight, out of mind.

Roebling's vision
Who does the painting?


Posted by: faithinbrooklyn | June 9, 2010


Brooklyn Heights Promenade at Dusk

Posted by: faithinbrooklyn | June 9, 2010

Hello world!

Surfaces Along the Shore

I am startled by the surfaces along the shore, the facades of buildings, the texture of boats, the rust on the bridge, the reflection on the water and even the face of the past.