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Mermaid Parade 2019b

Mermaids are truly political, as you will see in the next few photos.  The partially obscured sign between the two large puppets says:  Manhattan, Next Atlantis.  Frightening!  Their intent to invade and annex coastal cities is nothing short of a land grab.  Would they reef buildings like those in the background? Even advancing coral appeared […]

Mermaid Parade 2019a

On the first full day of summer, a trumpet-toting parrot and a tuba-entwined starfish meet on Surf Avenue and 21st.  That can only mean one thing:  mermaids!!  You’d guess that maybe even if the title had been summer solstice at Coney Island. The unlikely pair–a psittacine gigantus and a forcipulatida musicus– talk and then set […]

Earth-on-Water Day 2

If you hop on a plane today, you might still catch the last two days of this flower parade in the land and specific region of my father;  my mother grew up farther east on the Rhine. Here’s an English version of what’s going on;  Westland is a region connected by waterways, not a town. […]

Retro Sixth Boro 38 B

In case you’re new to this blog,”retro” means I’m looking back to my photo archives exactly 10 years to June 2011.  The “38” here means this is the thirty-eighth month I’ve done this.  It’s a fresh look at June 2011 photos, in some cases informed by whatever the past 10 years has wrought. Bridge Builder […]

Other Peoples Photos 80

Hats off to all mariners today on National Maritime Day.  For key statistics from US DOT on role of mariners on US economy, click here. If you want to see all the previous iterations of other peoples photos, click here . . . over a thousand photos, I’m sure. And I’m sure not going to […]

‘Ster Crazy 5 a

Today it’s . . . . Jeepster!  Remember Truckster! 12 about a Willys pickup project digression that was almost done? This is somewhat similar, a 1948 Willys Jeepster project that’s somewhat on hold because of virus’ suppression of travel. Back in November, my brother heard about one languishing in a barn.  This is what it […]

Best of Mermaids 2

The parade–rain or shine–starts with music, specifically the bass drum played by founder Dick Zigun, accompanied by whatever ensemble pulled together. But there’s so much more music.  Batala New York is among my favorites;  hear them here but turn volume way up to replicate how they sound on the street.   Gypsy Funk Squad is another […]

Best of Mermaids 1

I’m going to miss the mermaid parade this year.  And, yes,  I AM going to miss it. But you don’t have to.  Click here for info to get started on your way.   It’s free, although you can choose to pay for access to the staging area where I took some of these photos. This’ll […]

Mermaid Parade 2017 c

The parade lasted at my location from 1300 until 1530 . . . so many more photos–a few hundred–stay in the archives.  This last installment can be called vehicles and politics, although political caricature might be more accurate. A few days before the parade, my friend Orlando Mendez caught these three vessels headed eastbound, just […]

Mermaid Parade 2017 b

Yesterday’s post was the lead-up.  The parade never starts until the man with the Coney drum steps out. This year mermaid queen was Debbie Harry. After that, it was lots of dancing and music. . . .  click here to listen to Fogo Azul’s Brazilian sound.  See more Fogo AzulNYC here. I love the beer can […]