September 3, 2007

New York blue.

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22 comments:

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Trooper York said...
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Ann Althouse said...

Yeah, the Carroll Street bridge is waaaayyyy less threatening. And nicely blue!

Didn't eat at Monte's. Ate at Moutarde on 5th Avenue in Park Slope.

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Maxine Weiss said...

"Nobody can deny that the Internet has produced an ocean of drivel. In April, the Technorati search engine company estimated that there were 70 million blogs in existence, with another 120,000 being created each day. And there are more than 182 million profiles on MySpace. Most of this stuff will never be seen by another human being. Much of it has been created specifically to fleece any visitor bold or bored enough to stop by."

"superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment," he writes. "Moreover, the free, user-generated content spawned and extolled by the Web revolution is decimating … our cultural gatekeepers, as professional critics, journalists, editors, musicians, moviemakers, and other purveyors of expert information are being replaced … by amateur bloggers, hack reviewers, home-spun moviemakers, and attic recording artists."

rcocean said...

"...the Web revolution is decimating … our cultural gatekeepers, as professional critics, journalists, editors, musicians, moviemakers, and other purveyors of expert information..."

Oh, how I long for the good ol' days of Dan Rather, Haynes Johnson, McNeil/Leher, and Siskel * Ebert.

Not to mention the giants that populated the NY Times editorial page & the NY Times book review.

Palladian said...

And without the internet, how would we ever have tiresomely pedantic faux-women constantly sniping at Althouse from the sidelines?

Ann Althouse said...

Trooper York said..."Do I detect a subtle note of sarcasm..."

No. That was absolutely sincere. Damn, now that looks sarcastic. Really, the Carroll Street bridge was much nicer, including the street on either side, than the 3rd Street Bridge.

"Moutarde's is fun..."

Yes, it had almost a Parisian look to the sidewalk café.

"I stopped for eggs on Montague St at 3AM on Saturday and wondered if I might spot Althouse..."

At 3 am? LOL. I wonder when the last time I ate anything at 3 a.m. was? Decades ago, probably. If ever!

downtownlad said...

Ann - Are you aware that a Whole Foods is coming to the Gowanus Canal?

http://www.therealdeal.net/breaking_news/2007/08/22/1187818110.php

jane said...

New York Blue

Blue, blue, my voter-world is blue
Blue is my world that’s upscale and ghetto, too
Grey, grey, my values are grey
Cool is my heart since right and wrong went away

Red, red, the country hicks are red
hoisting Rebel, US and NASCAR flags in the truck bed
Green, green, my martyred enviro heart
They doubted Gaia and now we're apart

When we met how the bright sun shone
Then Jesse guided, now his Rainbow’s the only one

Black, black, the Bush days I've known
Longing for Gore so lost and alone
Gone, gone, the racial-gender-transnational justice we knew
Blue is my world since I'm without a coup.

(I heart New York, even so)

Ann Althouse said...

dtl: I didn't know, but good for them for taking such a desolate area and making something great out of it. I can't believe people are bitching about the "environmental impact" of a Whole Foods store on what is a horribly blighted landscape.

downtownlad said...

Personally, I think the space is very cool right now. There's more than you think, including a thriving arts scene. There are concerts in this cool silo by the Canal.

http://gowanuslounge.blogspot.com/2007/05/gowanus-issue-project-room-in-flux.html

Here's a calendar of events:

http://www.issueprojectroom.org/events.html

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Ann Althouse said...

dtl: I know artists can do things in funky, run-down places, but that's a part of Brooklyn that is ripe for development. I hope they build great stuff there, and Whole Foods can be a very positive force. So many people want to go to Whole Foods. People will want to live there, and the streets should be full of people. I know artists find stark desolation aesthetic, but they'll always find something else, and I'd like to see inhabited buildings and street life in the city. I walked across the 3rd Street Bridge and saw a woman's cast off handbag, obviously evidence of a robbery, and that's not a good thing. You need people around.

Beth said...

I live four blocks from a Whole Foods. It's a tradeoff. This one took over a bus barn, a fantastic building but it spewed diesel fumes day and night. I love being able to walk to Whole Paycheck, but I also miss the variety of small shops that filled the few blocks in either direction before WF drove the property values up far beyond what's reasonable. The rent is too high now, and that spelled an end to a fine local deli, a small pet shop, a bookstore, a hipster toy store, an import and crafts shop, a crochet shop--all gone in less than a year, and that's just the ones I can recall easily. The storefronts are all full still, but with only two types of stories: expensive women's clothes and jewelry. Boring.

downtownlad said...

I'm not opposed to more luxury condos.

But the area as it is right now, is very unique, and one of the cooler parts of Brooklyn. I'm just relishing it as it is right now, because in ten years time it will be developed and boring.

Ann Althouse said...

Very uniquely hideous.

downtownlad said...

How can you call it hideous, when you're taking pictures of it (Carroll Street Bridge for example) that captures its beauty?

downtownlad said...

Here's a great page on the Gowanus Canal.

http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/gowanuscanal/gowanuscanal.html

Finn Kristiansen said...

Man, New York has never looked more colorful and appealing in Ann's pictures. It's like NY porn, but, with not naked people.

I last passed through in June, through Kennedy on my way to a graduation for my niece in central N.J. Even my ten minutes of walking from Port Authority where the shuttle dropped me off, to Penn Station to catch NJ Transit, had me longing to be in NYC.

I am filled with envy every time I peak back into this blog.

hdhouse said...

Hmmmm Picasso is alive and living in New York I see.