People’s Climate March-September 21, 2014

The energy at today’s march left me feeling very hopeful.

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Best slogan of the day was “Save the Humans” coming out of the mouth of a panda put out by the WWF. The WWF tattoos were also everywhere.rm_20140921_9622Makes sense to bring a plant to the march. We joked that it didn’t get out much.rm_20140921_9671rm_20140921_9681

The bands and the dancing made the log wait before there was any actual marching fun.rm_20140921_9706rm_20140921_9730

Polar bear puppet with lace was probably my favorite of the day.rm_20140921_9734

There was a moment of silence at 12:58.rm_20140921_9739

At 1:00pm, everyone sounded the climate alarm.

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I loved the understatement.

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Gowanus Walk

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a great new addition to 3rd Avenue’s changing culture. Here are two photos of their current window display.

Gowanus, September 7, 2014

Gowanus, September 7, 2014

Gowanus, September 7, 2014

Gowanus, September 7, 2014

This view looks unchanged except that now I am shooting it from the manicured walkway provided by whole foods instead of from the edge of the boarded up lot.

Now from Whole Foods.

Now from Whole Foods. September 7, 2014

The range of street art on 2nd Street between the Artbridge installation and other less official efforts is enjoyable.

September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014

And while the water is still dangerous, it is cleaner according to the fisherman I met. He was using bread to get what he called killifish that he was then going to use as bait at either the Columbia Street pier or the Luis Valentino Pier to get snapper.

September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014

Cleaner or no, it is still the Gowanus Canal.

September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014

 

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor

The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway runs along the pier that was once MOTBY (Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne) and  you can walk all the way out to the end. It is about 1 mile. The city of Bayonne is currently seeking to redevelop the pier.

Entrance to The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

Entrance to The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

There is one large housing complex at the start and a short bit of esplanade on the south side.

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The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor

And then the esplanade ends.

the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

There are huge totally vacant warehouses. I saw three rabbits on my walk.

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The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

Everything is boarded up.

 

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The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

Just across the way is the Bayonne Golf Club, one of the country’s most expensive golf clubs. Initiation fees are rumored to be $150,000. Opened in 2006, according to the NYT, it was built over a waste disposal site.

 

Bayonne Golf

Bayonne Golf Club is on the other side of the water. July 11, 2014

Large areas of the peninsula are overgrown.

The Peninsula at Bayonne harbor, July 11, 2014

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

The Peninsula at Bayonne, July 14, 2014

The Peninsula at Bayonne, July 14, 2014

The Peninsula at Bayonne harbor, July 11, 2014

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

At the end is Bayonne Dry Dock. By the size of the ship, the dry dock looks pretty big-bigger than anything at Caddell’s as far as I could tell.

Bayonne Dry Dock, the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

Bayonne Dry Dock,The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

You can see across to the other pier that has a container port facility. A roro was in port the day I was there.

 

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

And to add to all the incongruity of this place at the very tip is the Tear Drop Memorial. Hidden away, its feminine reference a bit too much for most people.

Tear Drop Memorial, the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

Tear Drop Memorial, The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, July 11, 2014

 

 

New Berm and Seawall-Rockaway Park to Belle Harbor

On B116th Street, new street lights were going in on June 24, 2014 as part of the city’s reinvestment in the infrastructure of the Rockaways.

B116th Street, Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

B116th Street, Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

The sand replenishment that has created a berm between the old boardwalk and the shoreline has been finished between B116 and Nepotist.

Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

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B125th Street, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Behind the berm, the damage left by Sandy is still visible.

Seawall, B127th Street, Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Seawall, B127th Street, Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

In addition to the berm, there is also a new seawall.

Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

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Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

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Belle Harbor, B 133, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

It was nice to see that this house is being rebuilt.

Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Not everyone either can or wants to rebuild. I think the photo below might be a photo of the same site. If anyone knows, please contact me!

Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, February 25, 2013

Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, February 25, 2013

There are still plenty of reminders.

Belle harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

 

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Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, June 24, 2014

Rockaway Park to Hammels-Dredging Pipe Installation

A dredging pipeline to aid in beach replenishment is under construction in the Rockaways. The pipeline comes ashore near B116th Street

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Dredging Pipeline, near B116th Street, Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

And that is where the pipes are stored. The day I was there a bulldozer was making trips up and down the beach to bring the pipes to where they were needed.

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Rockaway Park, June 17, 2014

In addition, the dunes are being planted with grasses.

Grass plantings, Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Grass plantings, Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

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Dredging Pipeline, Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

You can still see the concrete posts from the old boardwalk.

Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Rockaway Park, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Dredging Pipeline, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Dredging Pipeline, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Skateboard Park, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Skateboard Park, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Building the dredging pipeline, Rockaway Beach, June 17, 2014

Building the dredging pipeline, Rockaway Beach, June 17, 2014

 

Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 17, 2014

Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 14, 2014

Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, June 14, 2014

Ice

On Feb. 10, I caught a bit more ice.

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Hudson River, just below Canal Street, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, Near Gansevoort Street, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, Near Gansevoort Street, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, Looking towards Hoboken, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, looking towards Hoboken, NJ, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

 

Hudson River, Looking towards Hoboken, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, Looking towards Hoboken, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

 

Hudson River, Looking towards Hoboken, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

Hudson River, Looking towards Hoboken, New York, NY, February 10, 2014

By Friday of that week, the snow was melting and there was no more ice on the Hudson.

Hudson River, looking towards Jersey City, NJ, New York, NY, February 14, 2014

Hudson River, looking towards Jersey City, NJ, New York, NY, February 14, 2014

The Search for Ice 2: Battery Park City

The fact that New York Harbor does not freeze over very often has contributed to its greatness as a port. At least compared to Boston. I thought the Hudson would not be a good place to look for ice. Coincidentally I was in Chelsea, I saw that there was indeed ice forming so I went back on Feb. 7 specifically to look for ice.

Hudson River from Battery Park, Feb 7, 2014

South Cove, Battery Park City, Feb 7, 2014

Amazing ice. Eureka! Oddly enough when I came back in the afternoon the ice was completely dispersed from this area.

Hudson River, looking toward Jersey City, February 7, 2014

Hudson River, looking toward Jersey City, February 7, 2014

 

Ferry Terminal, World Financial Center, February 7, 2014

Ferry Terminal, World Financial Center, February 7, 2014

 

Hudson River at Chambers Street, February 7, 2014

Hudson River at Chambers Street, February 7, 2014

 

Hudson River at Chambers Street, February 7, 2014

Hudson River at Chambers Street, February 7, 2014

What a difference a few hours make. the color was totally different and the ice was breaking up. The air temperature was just the same so I guess it had to do with the way the tide was moving.

Jersey City, from Battery park, February 7, 2014

Jersey City, from Battery Park, February 7, 2014

North Cove Marina, Battery park City, February 7, 2014

North Cove Marina, Battery Park City, February 7, 2014

 

North Cove Marina, World Financial Center, February 7, 2014

North Cove Marina, World Financial Center, February 7, 2014

 

The Hudson at Chambers Street, February 7, 2014

The Hudson at Chambers Street, February 7, 2014

 

 

In search of Ice: Brooklyn Bridge Park

The cold weather was causing ice to form in the waters around New York City. As a photographer of water this seemed a great opportunity. I thought the ice would form more easily if the water had less activity so I started my quest for ice in Brooklyn Bridge Park where the small wetland area has been built by the old piers. This seemed protective enough for ice.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 4:50, January 24, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 5:30 pm, January 24, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 5:49 pm, January 24, 2014

Seeing the color change over the course of an hour was pure pleasure.

 

Coney in winter

The temperature was a single digit on January 22 when I walked the beach at Coney Island. The cold was painful but the color was ecstatic.

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

 

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014,

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

I have always been fascinated with the way the wind blows over the beach at Coney. The very dry snow made it even more dramatic.

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

 

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

 

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

 

Brighton Beach, January 22, 2014

Brighton Beach, January 22, 2014

 

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Boardwalk, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Boardwalk, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Boardwalk, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

Boardwalk, Coney Island, January 22, 2014

 

 

 

Midland Beach

According to both the map published in the New York Times and the map in SILive.com, Midland Beach had the highest number of fatalities caused by Sandy in New York City: 11 people. Here is some great information about what happened there by Matthew Schuerman of WNYC News and another piece by Philip Orton.

It is still hurting.

Midland Neighborhood Relief, Midland Avenue, January 17, 2014

Midland Neighborhood Relief, Midland Avenue, January 17, 2014

Many of the homes and businesses are still empty.

Midland Avenue, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Midland Avenue, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Midland Avenue, Staten island, January 17, 2014

Midland Avenue, Staten island, January 17, 2014

Midland Avenue, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Midland Avenue, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

On the beach, there is major work going on. I am not sure it it is straight forward beach restoration or the beginning of the levees described in Bloomberg’s proposal to protect the city from climate change.

Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Looking the other way.

Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

There was so much sand other than the Verrazano, it reminded me of White Sands, New Mexico.

Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

There is a few block area called Ocean Breeze that is getting to get buyouts like Oakwood Beach. The neighborhood  slopes down from Father Capodanno Blvd. It isn’t hard to see how the water would flood there.

Father Capodanno Blvd, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island. January 17, 2014

Father Capodanno Blvd, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island. January 17, 2014

 

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

There is a memorial for two residents, Ella Norris and James Rossi Sr. who died in Ocean Breeze as a result of Sandy.

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

If you look closely at the telephone pole, you can see the mark for how high the water was during Sandy.

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Quincy Avenue, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Father Capodanno Blvd., Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Father Capodanno Blvd., Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Comanche Avenue, Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Comanche Avenue, Midland Beach, Staten Island, January 17, 2014

Midland Beach is unlikely to get the buyouts offered to Oakwood Beach and Ocean Breeze. The city is putting resources into protecting the neighborhood. And new government guidelines require elevating homes 10 feet. But will it be enough?