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In today’s post- infinite Brooklyn.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The sheer size of Brooklyn, geographically speaking, is staggering. When one takes into account all of the former various environments contained within the borough, whether former wetlands or forested hills, the mind reels. You can still tell what used to be what in the ancient city, Canarsie is always a bit more humid than Park Slope and Greenpoint a bit more prone to flooding than Bushwick.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Its da land a me boit, Brooklyns. Ise growns ups around dere, out in Canossy near da flatlands, buts Ise nevers gets back dere toos awfun. Nuttin much left from da old days, all my friends and families, dey done moved on and odder dan a pizza joint or two de old neighborhood ain’t mine no more, if it evah was. Dats Brooklyn for ya.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

These days, one rather enjoys the view of the place from outside, on the water. The littoral edge of Brooklyn has always been locked up in the hands of private business and government concerns, and is as such, an interesting historical canvas. Artifacts of New York’s industrial beginnings, relict creeks and streams, the true purpose and history of Canarsie Pier… Brooklyn is infinite…

Still, its no Queens.

Things to do!

Working Harbor Committee presents: Great North River Tugboat Races and Competition, September 1st, 2013
9:30-11:30 a.m. at West 42nd Street and the Hudson River. Spectator Boat tickets now on sale.

Written by Mitch Waxman

August 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

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