A guy walking on the Williamsburg waterfront took this picture which CNN put up on its site. Really striking. That’s the Williamsburg Bridge with Brooklyn under power on the left and lower Manhattan blacked out on the right. That’s the deal right now. Four days now and another three to go. At least. He has another good one here.
Where my family and I live now, Sandy was not much but a really windy storm and an intense night of TV. But watching the aftermath has been an emotional roller coaster going between the normality of central Brooklyn and news of the world unaffected by the storm to constant emails and Facebook invites about recovery drives and calls for food and supplies for those families whose homes were devasted. Some of those are friends and friends of friends. Banks are running out of cash and gas lines extend for blocks and hours. It’s getting intense. This picture from the nytimes really speaks to the whole thing.
Photographs of the early American West by 19th century photographer Timothy O’Sullivan as featured in The Daily Mail. The caption for the above image reads:
“Industrial revolution: The mining town of Gold Hill, just south of Virginia City, Nevada, in 1867 was town whose prosperity was preserved by mining a rare silver ore called Comstock Lode. On the United States Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Clarence King insisted that his men dress for dinner every evening and speak French, and O’Sullivan had no difficulty fitting in.”
If you want to know what it means, ask this guy. I’m just going to do what I always do and put it up here and say it’s beautiful. It is.
My friend Harry from the Brooklyn Kitchen sent me this photo from Governor’s Island. I feel like I’ve seen this design before. Seems so familiar. Anyway, good stuff. Clean, simple. Clear. And a great way to get someone who’s passed out in a park back to bed.
Update, 20 March 2013: A commenter from Weltevree, a Dutch product label, points out that the above bench is a copy of the Wheelbench they sell as designed by Rogier Martens. See the comment below. The resemblance is unquestionable. And I wonder if the design is not older still. Shaker or pre-colonial even. Nonetheless, we appreciate the footnote, Weltevree, and you have absolutely beautiful things on your site! Thank you.