June 25th, 2018

me and alex

architectural details

I have hundreds of close-ups of small details maybe another prompt will let me use some of those. But what I most enjoy snapping day-to-day are pics of a wider perspective of the architectural details around where I am walking. (Brooklyn was its own city back before the American Revolution--settled first by the Dutch in early 1600's, taken by the British in 1694, and finally exploded as an overflow of Manhattan after the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1880, annexed by New York City in 1898. The neat thing about its independent development is much more so than other NYC boroughs it has its own infrastructure--parks, museums, libraries, universities, etc.)

But it has maintained distinct and identifiable residential styles from one neighborhood to another--urban but with a warm and human feeling to it. (Huge swaths of the areas I have lived in within Brooklyn are protected under law as historic districts--they cannot be destroyed to make parking lots or skyscrapers, alterations within and without are controlled also.)

The areas below are part of my regular stomping grounds.

Sunset Park Brooklyn (where I lived for four years)

Park Slope Brooklyn (where I lived for at least 10 years).
me and alex


I am having trouble choosing only a couple. (Since, of course, I have thousands on my hard drive.)

Eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Festival of Lights--my grandson loves to light the candles!

In our family celebrating involves eating.
Joint celebrations--fancy dessert table Thanksgiving (2016?).

In a restaurant celebrating out-of-town visitors. . .

Small, informal Thanksgiving dinner without guests (2013?).

Architectural Detail

We're all used to seeing the temples of Egypt as pale stone but they were originally brightly coloured. I took the shot below when on holiday there. The paintwork had been protected because it was on the underside of a door frame. Yes. That is the original paint.