Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sun, Snow, and Smiles in Sunset



One of the best things about this area of Brooklyn is the view.  When the above image is at it’s full size, one can see the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, and the empty space where the Twin Towers once stood. 
The other great thing is the steep hill. Sunset Park boasts that they have the highest point in Brooklyn. Sledding here is a little secret that is just now starting to gain popularity (I saw a listing of great locations to sled on NY1, SSPK was actually listed). After living here for over 10 years, this winter was the first time I experienced it. I didn't know what I was missing!  Believe it or not, it was like the few of us taking advantage of the opportunity had the park slopes to ourselves. We all had enough space to climb and crash.

 


Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Fascinating Story of How the Cat Won the Race


Lucky Charm Cat, originally uploaded by veesvision.
It is gonna be hard to keep this post short. But, if you are one of those people that like stories of Harry Potter or legends like Merlin & Mythical Gods, keep reading.

According to several sites like www.thingsasian.com and www.chinesezodiac.com , there was a race between the 12 animals in the Chinese Horoscope. The Jade Emperor (Emperor of Heaven) held the race and only required the animals to successfully cross a choppy river with a strong current.

The first to win was the Rat. According to centuries of hearsay, the Rat and the Tiger got along really well. That is, of course, until the race. Same as today, cats and rats do not like water and are not great swimmers. With that said, they conspired to get across the river with out swimming but instead rode on the back of the Ox. The 2 friends bribed the Ox with food and guilt because he was strong and could easily hold them across. “The Ox, being a na├»ve and good-natured animal” gave them a lift. When the finish line was close enough, the Rat kicked off the Tiger and flailed to shore. The Ox made it to shore in second place while the Tiger came in third.

Needless to say, all cat species (from house cats to tigers) chase all rodent species (from mice to rats) for revenge.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gung Hay Fat Choy!


Lunar New Year Dragon, originally uploaded by veesvision.
According to the Chinese American Association here in Brooklyn, who will be hosting the Lunar New Year Parade Feb. 21, 2010; festivities start at 10am on 8th ave 60th street.


This is the year of the Tiger! What does that mean? Chiff.com says...

"If you were born in 914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010 - you were born under the sign of the tiger. Like the tiger, you are one of the most caring and thoughtful signs in the Chinese zodiac. You have a lot to say on the best way to right society's wrongs, and quite capable of defending children, friends, and loved ones against all enemies."


See you there!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What you see in Sunset Park, Brooklyn: Simple Lines in the Snow


, originally uploaded by suemejack.
What everyone sees actually if you live in New York City.

The tones and texture in this shot are beautiful.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What you see in Sunset Park: reflections


Sunset Park reflections, originally uploaded by Barry Yanowitz.

Probably shot in the industrial portion of Sunset Park Brooklyn. There are a few photographers who contribute to the imagery of this blog and have found inspiration in this area. Second and third aves. between 30th and 60th streets.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 Snowpocalypse


Snow Behind a Home, originally uploaded by veesvision.


People are calling it the 2010 Snowpocalypse. I measured 13.5 inches of snow!!! But then again the measurement came from a home at the top of the highest point in Brooklyn by the park. Hey, it counts!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What I saw in Sunset Park: Snow Balloons


Snow Balloons, originally uploaded by veesvision.
Stuck in a tree for the rest of their life along with some sneakers, blanket, and stuffed animal.

Shot on 44th street and 6th ave next to the park.

Wanna add some photographs to the blog? Upload them on Flickr and search for the Sunset Park Stills pool. They have to images shot in the neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, of course.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What you see in Sunset Park, Brooklyn: A Multilingual Church in Chinatown


DSC_2205, originally uploaded by sabotai.
Image shot on 8th ave between 46th and 47th street.

sabotai says : church services offered in english, hindi, spanish and chinese (mandarin or fuzhou)"

Monday, February 8, 2010

What you see in Sunset Park, Brooklyn: Infinite Rail Nocturne


Infinite Rail Nocturne, originally uploaded by josephx.

Shot on 2nd ave by the docks, this image reminds me of another picture (old tracks) featured on this blog not too long ago...

Friday, February 5, 2010

What you see in Sunset Park, Brooklyn: Fancy Dresses


fancy dresses in sunset park, originally uploaded by htcoogan.

Shot with a holga, htcoogan once again captures a romantic scene. This image was shot on Sunset Park's 5th ave between 50th and 51st street. The image below mimics the spontaneity of the holga.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What I saw in Sunset Park: Skinny Jeans


Skinny Jeans, originally uploaded by veesvision.

...fat bottoms.



Shot using the Hipstamatic iPhone application