Before & After…

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Many of you know, particularly if you’ve been following me on Facebook or have been reading my blogs, that one of the things I like to shoot is ‘Street Art’. It was popularized and legitimized when 5Pointz was available as a street canvas. As you probably know from my past blogs, 5Pointz has been shut down as a place to paint and the building was white-washed and will be torn down, if it hasn’t been already.

Through a good friend of mine I found Bushwick and the ‘Street Art’ that is found throughout this Brooklyn neighborhood. The image above was taken on November 24th.  We returned yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised, actually shocked, with what has happened to this canvas.

Here are two images from yesterday. Amazing is the word that comes to mind. Whoda’ thunk it?

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Bushwick Street Art #3___ 01a

If you are on Facebook, why don’t you check out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/788409174554223/… Good new site to see and post Street Art images.

Happy Hanukkah to all!

 

Street Art – Bushwick, Brooklyn Style #1

Bushwick Street Art_02Bushwick has become the new 5Pointz and the street art is playing a big part in the revitalization of this neighborhood. I used to work in Bushwick and never saw anything like this back then. I was very surprised at the transformation and hope you appreciate the artwork. Remember some of these are massive in size.

Hope you appreciate and enjoy!

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Holy Trinity Church – Russian Orthodox…

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The Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, has been around for as long as I can remember. My father used to drive us down Pennsylvania Avenue heading to the Interboro Parkway, and each time I would pass, I would look on in awe.

Yesterday I was heading to meet some friends to do some shooting in Bushwick, Brooklyn. As I passed the church and saw a nearby parking spot I decided to see if the church was open.  Lucky for me, it was. I walked in expecting to see a large chapel but instead I found a room about 50′ X 50′ in size, no chairs or benches but with the most spectacular religious images, icons, relics, etc… To say the least I was floored.

All I could do for the first several minutes was stare, walk around to see all of the objects and try to keep my jaw from dropping. When I finally got around to begin shooting the priest arrived and asked that I not continue shooting. So, at least I have these memories and I am able to share the two images I was able to shoot.

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Civil War Re-encampment @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration…

Eileen getting a history lesson...

Eileen getting a history lesson…

We recently went to The Old Bethpage Village Restoration  to attend  the re-encampment of  The 14th Brooklyn, otherwise known as the 14th Regiment New York State Militia. My neighbor Robin H. is a re-enactor and often portrays Mary Todd Lincoln.
Robin H. as Mary Todd Lincoln...

Robin H. as Mary Todd Lincoln…

The 14th Regiment New York State Militia   was a volunteer militia regiment  from the City of Brooklyn, NY.  It is primarily known for its service in the American Civil War from April 1861 to May 6, 1864, although it later served in the Spanish American War and WWI (as part of the 106th Regiment).

In the Civil War, the regiment was made up of a majority of abolitionists  from the Brooklyn area.  The 14th Brooklyn was involved in heavy fighting, including most major engagements of the Eastern Theater. Their engagements included the First and Second  Battles of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. During the war, the men of the 14th Brooklyn were well known by both armies and throughout the country for their hard drill, hard fighting, and constant refusal to stand down from a fight. During their three years of service they never withdrew from battle in unorderly fashion.

 The 14th Brooklyn received its nickname, the “Red Legged Devils”, during the First Battle of Bull Run. Referring to the regiment’s colorful red trousers as the regiment repeatedly charged up Henry House Hill,  Confederate General Stonewall Jackson,  yelled to his men, “Hold On Boys! Here come those red legged devils again! “

Images below were taken last weekend. (Reminder; Click on any image to see slideshow)!


Steamtown National Historic Site:- The Freight and Passenger Cars…

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The Steamtown Collection consists of locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, and maintenance-of-way equipment from several historic railroads. Today I’m concentrating on the freight and passenger cars’ exteriors. Most have been sealed shut so interior shots were difficult to take…

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Steamtown National Historic Site – “The Big Engines That Did!”…

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I always had a love for the railroad. I still have my first Lionel set, bought in 1951 by my dad, and I still cherish it, just as I did as a little guy growing up in Brooklyn. Our apartment was located next to the freight line that runs through Brooklyn and on many a day or night when the trains rolled by, my friends and I would count the cars (155 cars was the longest I remember). I can still vividly hear the clank-clank of the cars on the tracks below.

These trains were pulled by the mighty locomotives we found at Steamtown. Here’s a look at some of them.

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Steamtown National Historic Site – ‘Inside the Cars’…

We recently visited the Steamtown National Historic Site located in Scranton, Pa.. It was a perfect day as there were no other people there and we had unobstructed access to all the trains located here.

When I secured our admission (I have a Senior Pass for the National Parks, costs $10, everyone in your party (car) gets in for free, and has no expiration – so it’s a no-brainer), I asked if the cars were open so that we could photograph the interiors. He said all were closed and we were prohibited to go in. Hmmm! Is that a challenge Ellery? Of course it was.

While many cars were bolted shut we were able to shoot through the windows. Others, like the boxcars and caboose, were sort of accessible although I did fall through the wooden steps of a caboose and also went to my knees as the floor of a boxcar failed to hold my weight. Ah what fun it was!

Today’s posting are of some of my interior shots. Hope you enjoy.

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Passenger Cars…

 

 The Caboose…

The Boxcars…