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Laurie Ann Reinauer is pushing RTC 85 for an appointment somewhere the Kills.  Meagan Ann moves dredge spoils out of MOTBY.   Thomas D. Witte stems with another scow as Meagan Ann passes by. J. Arnold takes the Back Channel over to Claremont. James William heads for an assist.   A fact about Buchanan 12 […]

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 […]

Jay Bee V’s Epic Winds Down

I caught the beginning of Jay Bee V‘s epic here, a few days after the summer solstice.  A bit later I caught her here at some different locations on the Erie Canal. So we are all fortunate that Jake Van Reenen caught her here at a lock in central NYS that I’m not disclosing.  The voyage […]

Mermaid Parade 2017 a

Here’s the most explicit explanation ever on this blog about Coney Island–part of Brooklyn–and the parade that’s happened there each summer solstice since   . . . time immemorial almost.  Today’s Daily News used adjectives like dreary, gloomy, and unruly to describe the day . . . .  Unruly? . . . we’ve been an […]

Winter Solstice 2021

Winter solstice is one date I pay attention to, and yesterday demanded an undivided portion of it.  I was out on the sixth and primordial boro at sunrise, although when it rose, a gauzy film of stratus filtered the light.  I tinkered with the image a bit to enhance the cosmic eeriness. Along the Brooklyn […]

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 […]

Spring Fishing 2020

It’s the sheer diversity of traffic on the sixth boro that keeps me coming back, although diverse does not mean unpredictable.  In summer, mermaids gather, specifically around the very day of the solstice.  In winter, fishing boats come .    In fall, the fishing boats are of a different sort. Chele-C was fishing on the west […]

1963 Lightship

What better vessel to post about on the winter solstice than a lightship.  Here, here, and here are some previous ones. This particular lightship I saw east of Rotterdam in May 2014. It’s not particularly old, so I hope it’ll be a reminder in dark times into the distant future. Here’s part of the story. […]

Bright Lights 7

Today’s post goes up at the theoretical sunrise on the shortest day of the year in the sixth boro;  the solstice is here, and I’m grateful the days can’t get any shorter this year.  It’s 58 degrees (!!) but blustery, rainy right now, so there won’t be an observable sunrise.  Now we start moving back […]

Cold Mardi Gras

For the misfortune of all us 25 million sixth boro shore dwellers, it’s cool like below.  Here’s what the the river banks like look for us when Mardi Gras gets scheduled. Tugs and buoys carry glaze like this or this . . . . Even local wrecks (that’s two side by side there) have a glaze that mimics the gleaming white paint […]