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Entries in brooklyn (11)


* sightseeing sundays: governers island NYC

Looking for a green sandy respite away from the concrete jungle of NYC? Take a peek at Governors Island! There has been such a buzz about this place! It is located just off shore of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and the bottom tip of Manhattan. Open for the season ONLY Friday 10-5, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday Holidays 10-7 through September 25, 2011. A lovely saturday afternoon I took a trip...

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* inside out global art project displayed on brooklyn steps!

I was walking down Bergen Street on a rainy day last week when I first noticed giant pictures decorating several stoops on the block between 5th and 4th avenues. Rushing to get into the subway, I didn't stop to read the fine print. Once the sunshine was out I headed over to take some pictures and see what it was all about!

Check out these pictures I took of the Bergen Street portraits!

These pictures are a product of Inside Out, a global art project started by French Artist JR. His dedication to photography and the power of human expression is inspiring.

From the website:

"INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

INSIDE OUT is a collaboration between the artist JR, the TED Prize and you.

According to the New York Times, "The Park Slope part of the Inside Out Project, led by a resident and actress, Dana Eskelson, was inspired by neighborhood concerns about shopkeepers' being forced out of business by the Atlantic Yards arena and development project." The portraits are examples of workers and owners of small businesses in the surrounding area. I have wondered what impact the Atlantic Yards development will have on this neighborhood.

To get better acquainted with JR, take a look and listen to his message...

I am really inspired by his work!


* i'm granting 3 wishes : i'll photograph your family's NYC past...

A few weeks ago I posted some "then and now" pictures of old school brooklyn from the NYPL digital gallery with my own pictures from 2011. I had so much fun doing this! I have been able to do this type of project with some of my family pictures and it was really amazing to see the transformations. For those of you who can't visit NYC, I want to help you connect your family pictures with their modern day counterpart. But there are only 3 wishes...the first 3 people to email me one of their original* Manhattan or Brooklyn Family picture will be granted 3 free current day pictures!

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* then and now...a historic walk down Brooklyn's 5th Avenue

I love looking at old pictures and the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery is a great place to get lost in the past! I found a few 5th avenue oldies and spent a springy afternoon taking pictures of Brooklyn in 2011. Matching the shots was a very cool experience! I couldn't believe it, most of the buildings look exactly the same! The first picture was taken from the corner of 5th Ave and Dean Street, facing the Triangle Sporting Goods Store. The image I found from 1942 (NYPL) matches up perfectly to the modern day Triangle Sports Store. It's been almost 70 years since this original picture was taken. The 2011 picture shows how times have changed, the partial construction of the new Net's Arena can been seen in the background. This area will surely be changing in the near future. I've read that this store could be one of the oldest business in Brooklyn, can they survive the arrival of the Net's?? Enjoy the stroll down memory lane... and please share your own experiences with 'now and then' pictures!

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