ARCHIVE FOR March, 2012

Our Time at the Edge18

Posted by Deirdre // 03-23-2012

 

A guest post by Jason Savage, copywriter and proud Gen-Xer.

“…this isn’t real. You know what it is? It’s St. Elmo’s Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them… there was no fire. There wasn’t even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you’re making up all of this. We’re all going through this. It’s our time at the edge”.
– Rob Lowe as Billy, “St Elmo’s Fire”

Brat Packer extraordinaire via fanpop

This blog has been missing the Brat Pack perspective.

Or, it hasn’t.

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The heart of Bklyn (or Beyond)?0

Posted by Deirdre // 03-21-2012

 
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Sunset over Red Hook from the F train.

NPR has created a…community project of sorts. They’re asking people to show them their thoughts on the heart of their city – with photos or sound.

I love this idea, and is part of what we try to do here on the blog. When you’re checking out towns or cities to visit, you don’t want to go to the tourist-laden center, with its chain stores and lack of locals. You want to go where people who live there go – the tiny cafe with the great muffins and the perfect latte, the awesome playground, the co-op (?!).

What’s your idea of the heart of Brooklyn? Maplewood? Rowayton? Beacon? LA? ProvidencePittsburgh? Portland (ME and OR)? I’m trying to figure out my Brooklyn. It’s hard when there are so many hearts. I guess that’s why we find it so hard to leave.

 

Renovated Parks via Brownstoner1

Posted by Deirdre // 03-19-2012

 

Squibb Park Bridge (Bklyn Heights) via Brownstoner

What a park/playground can do for a hood. Hell, a bench even. See Brownstoner’s roundup of some Community Board 2’s park reno status.