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I’ve written about summertime and about summertime blues–about beating them. But since you can’t ever step into the same river twice, or gallivant in the same primordial first boro, here’s the 2016 version of trying to capture the sixth boro with a camera on a hot summer weekend afternoon, looking for shade–any shade will do– as much as looking for novel compositions.
These days odd juxtapositions can be found on west Manhattan piers and
beyond, like Eagle and the fast bird and Loveland Island with a pilot on board and some folks gathered on the starboard bridge wing . For a post I did last year with close-ups of details of USCGC Eagle AND for a book I highly recommend reading about her appropriate by the US post-WW2, click here. Speaking of piers, here’s an interesting article on the engineering and construction of Pier 57.
Or come for a tour on Janet D Cruises . . .
with four sails set.
Flagship Ivy clings for a spell to the bottom over by the VZ Bridge.
Margaret Moran heads for the next job–or the yard, with Queens’ current and future tallest buildings in the background,
while YP 704 sails past Governors Island, which has sprouted some new hillocks frequented by lots of people.
Joan Turecamo exits the Buttermilk west with a light (?) dry bulk barge Montville, which probably recently carried coal.
All photos Sunday by Will Van Dorp. for some contrast, see this winter set and this. More of the summer selects, tomorrow.
The first six photo here comes from Jonathan Steinman, taken on June 13. The Donjon tugs has delivered Chesapeake 1000 to a point just off Rockefeller University’s campus to prepare for lifting prefabricated modules for Rockefeller’s River Campus.
Step one for Donjon is to secure the gargantuan crane.
Then Atlantic Salvor moves into place to
receive the massive anchors, a job that Salvor
may be IS uniquely qualified to perform.
The yellow lighted buoys mark the anchors’ positions.
By the time I got there on June 17, sans camera other than phone, several of the modules had already been lifted from the waterborne transport into the locations where they’ll stay for a very long time. See time lapse of the installation of modules 1 and 2 on youtube here.
A dozen more modules will still be lifted when
water, tidal, and atmospheric conditions allow.
And many thanks to Jonathan for use of his photos and information about the project. Next time, I’ll bring my good camera.
Previous sights to behold there can be found here.
In case you’re wondering if this blog has gone adrift . . . I’ll just plead solstice-ogling syndrome. Why stay on course when a grape popsicle 1949 Mercury oozes by like this, and it’s tickling your tastebuds and it’s
for sale, although I did not ask any particulars.
Only at the mermaid parade could you get a photo like this, although the photographer here might
be photographing the Chevy here with a right angle spy lens. Or maybe she was putting me in the frame?
I’d let this guy park for free.
Mesa sunrise on this mid-1950s Lincoln?
And finally, seeing this old Ford made me remember this unit from
way south Coney Island Caribbean.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has now recalled that although Coney Island is surrounded (mostly) by the sixth boro, it is still part of Brooklyn.
Most paraders don outlandish costumes, like this one . . . how could there be a chicken-of-the-sea
named Lady Gaga.
And these next two photos MIGHT puzzle you . . . since the woman in black shorts and boots seems to command a lot of attention even though she is not particularly be-costumed.
Lots of attention and with a weird parasol.
Besides music and dance, I enjoy the costumes–however over-the-top or under-the-bottom– they may be. Even librarians dress up and carry conventional parasols, as
do museum folk.
And it’s fun, except for the man in blue shirt blocking half the street and bombing lots of my photos; I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that just loutish. His press pass can’t license him to photobomb that shamelessly, can it? Maybe someone with a press pass can weigh in on protocols for photographers at events like this?
Sometimes paraders break out of the procession and pose with the kids at the parade. I like that.
If you haven’t seen the 1979 movie called The Warriors, here’s a reference to that. I like that movie now because it depicts what parts of the city are said to have looked like 40 years ago.
Well, start counting down the days until the 2017 parade and make plans to be there.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. If you didn’t recognize the woman in the black shorts near the top of this post, here’s the story.
Soon after this shot, the queen of hearts and troupe danced for the judges with this on a loud sound box. That makes for a good day, even though I can’t remember Alice, a rabbit, or the dormouse. But that’s one of the things I love about the parade . . . good music and dancing.
After then parade, Gypsy Funk Squad played on . . . Here’s my phone-recorded sample of King Jack Neptune playing the oud, with a mermaid queen, percussion and dancers. Hear more oud–related to the lute–here.
Of course, Dick D. Zigun, honorific mayor of Coney Island, always leads off the parade with his drum and band.
I’ve never seen this sort of Mexican dancer in the parade, but they surely raised the bar for quality.
And of course, mermaids can make politics much more palatable than most politicians or media marketeers.
But mostly, it’s exuberant music and ecstatic dancing.
How many starfish have you seen trumpeting?
And high octane drumming overcomes stasis.
Enjoy the photos, the solstice, and the strawberry moon.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who WAS a judge!
Here were previous snapshots of sample small craft on the sixth boro, a city of water all summer and all other seasons as well. Here one of the four-season RIBs of NY Media Boat passes along the western margins of Brooklyn, where a lot of folks congregate in the evening.
Manhattan is one of Classic Harbor Line‘s vessel.
Crew launch Christian works all summer and all other seasons too.
Tara heads under the Brooklyn Bridge as light fades.
Fish appear to be active over where Kate used to chum with food scraps.
And this skipper seemed to enjoy pushing his craft against the currents in Hell Gate.
And there are so many other small craft in all parts of the sixth boro. All these photos taken recently by Will Van Dorp.
Land mass area can be quantified in square miles, but I’d love to work with a mathematician to measure the area within NYC limits which is navigable, i.e., the sixth boro. Of course, “navigable” would need defining too. Immeasurable, of course, is the number of photos taken daily of vessels with the sixth boro.
Like this one of Crystal Cutler pushing
Patricia E. Poling westbound at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Taft Beach pushes BMLP 703 and 305 in the opposite direction. Also working recently have been
Paul Andrew with scrap,
Sarah Ann with more scrap,
Thomas D. Witte with crane barge Columbia,
James E. Brown with a spud barge,
and Fort Schuyler in various locations.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated, here’s an interesting video on the salvage of Modern Express . . . passed along by JM.
Also, as we near the mermaid parade, here are details on a performance to get you in the mood, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s the “Fisherman and his Soul.”
This collage of orange and blue indicates that something unusual approaches . . .
0846 hr . . .
Atlantic Salvor might have been headed out on a long range mission, but
at this point, I realized this mission would begin in the Lower Bay of the sixth boro along with
lots of other vessels, although
something new this year was the escort of four commercial tugs: Sassafras, Miriam Moran,
Atlantic Salvor, and Normandy. 1150. I was happy to find someone to talk to.
It’s fleet week NYC. Welcome all.
It’s USS DDG 96,
HMCS D 282,
HMCS MM 700,
HMCS MM 708,
and LSD 43.
At 1216, Eric McAllister joins the welcome party . . .
An E-2 flew by too.
The message on the port wheel well ((?) amused me.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was last year’s arrival.
Yesterday was National Maritime Day. At the edges of the Upper Bay, people associated with the maritime industries gather for a memorial.
at Marisol Escobar’s American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial statue.
Two of the newest tugboats in the sixth boro–Fort Schuyler and Kings Point, named for two area maritime academies–stood off.
Service and sacrifice were honored.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I suppose I could call this RT 163b, since the photos in both were taken the same day, same conditions of light and moisture.
Let’s start with Charles D. McAllister with Lettie G. Howard bare poles in the distance.
Evelyn Cutler with Noelle Cutler is tied up alongside a barge with Wavertree‘s still horizontal poles. Click here to see Evelyn as I first saw her.
Viking is high and dry, post the winter work.
Timothy L. Reinauer is back in town after a very long hiatus, at least from my POV. This may have been the last time I saw her.
Mary Gellatly gets some TLC as well; click here for the previous time she was in a “random” post.
Beyond Mister Jim, a pile of sand is growing in the yard just west of the Bayonne Bridge on the Staten Island side.
Elizabeth and Marjorie B. McAllister head out for a job.
Tasman Sea heads for the yard as
And for closure, it’s Marjorie B passing in front of a relatively ship-free Port Elizabeth. Click here for a photo of Marjorie B high and dry a few years ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.