A beautiful day for the Mermaid Parade!

When I woke up on Saturday morning, price I knew it was going to be a great day. Honestly, this I’m not sure the weather could have been any better to celebrate the first day of summer and one of my favorite days of the year in Brooklyn – the Mermaid Parade! On the subway trip out to Coney Island, I think I figured out that this weekend marked the ninth consecutive year I’ve made the trip out, and I definitely have never seen better weather. It was a GORGEOUS day for mermaids!

It was super fun to meet up with Barry and Gisele pre-parade for the parade line-up festivities. I’m still in the process of developing my film, but in the meantime – check out these awesome shots from this weekend!

Untitled, by mkc609:
Mermaid Parade 10

Untitled, by Scott Dolan:

Mermaid Beauties, by Joe Alfano:
Mermaid Parade 2014Mermaid Parade 2014

Uncle Sam, by Dr Pavloff:
uncle sam

Mermaid Parade 2014, by Joe Alfano:
Mermaid Parade 2014

Were you there? What was your favorite float or costume?? Mine was TOTALLY the ‘I’m no enemy of no sea anemone’ pun. Total sucker for a good wordplay. Okay, and the Dick Zigun group. That was hilarious.

Yay! Brooklyn Summer Weekends!

Tomorrow marks the first day of summertime, more about and BOY am I ready — I’m a summer baby through and through. After a heavy travel schedule the last few weeks, drugs I’m looking forward to playing in Brooklyn this weekend and there are some very cool things happening around town. First up, if you haven’t heard, they’re in the process of tearing down the iconic KENTILE FLOORS sign in Gowanus. Sad.

As one last hurrah, the folks from Vanderbilt Republic are hosting an after-dark light show tonight at 9th Street/2nd Avenue. My Hasselblad is already packed and I’m gonna try to hold it together tonight. Actually, they did a similar light show a little over a month ago and Barry Yanowitz was there to document it. Check out this beautiful video he made:

And then TOMORROW, the annual Mermaid Parade is back! The parade officially starts at 1pm, but the line-up (and ensuing photographer frenzy) will start at 10:30am on West 21st Street. They’ve increased the entrance fee to the staging area this year to a semi-outrageous $20 – wasn’t it just $5/camera last year?!

Anyway, I am hoping to make it out there in the morning because I love all the heart that goes into the parade. It wouldn’t be summer in Brooklyn without it! For photos from past years, check out this tag or over on the Flickr group. Hope to see you there!

Mermaid Parade Backstage Meet-Up!

It’s that time again! If you’ve never made it out to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade – you’re missing out! This year, erectile the parade celebrates a huge milestone — its 30th anniversary!

In years past, we’ve tried to host meet-ups for the parade route itself, and it always ends up getting pretty hairy with the hordes of crowds that show up for this wonderfully crazy and surreal event. Last year, I think we finally figured out the winning formula — we meet at the parade line-up staging area. It was a blast to hang around with all the mermaids (and legions of photographers) as they’re getting ready. So, if anyone is interested again this year, a group will be heading down a few hours before the 2pm parade.

The staging area is located around W 21st Street with antique cars and motorized floats stretching towards W 19th. In years past, the parade organizers have charged $5-per-camera as a nominal entry fee to mingle with the mermaids. Can’t wait to see you there — what will you be shooting??

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: W 21st Street parade staging area
Via MTA: N / Q / F / D to Coney Island – Stillwell Ave

Check out a few great shots from the parade last year below!

“Gimme Shellter” by Andrea Schwalm:
Gimme Shellter

“King Tut Gold” and “Starfish Man” by Leanne Staples:
King Tut Goldstarfish man

Untitled by Adam Lerner:

Untitled portraits by Lucy Aboytes:

“Mermaid Parade – Brother,” by Vitaliy Piltser:
Mermaid Parade - Brother

Flickr Faves: Botanic Beauty

Last weekend, visit our impromptu meet-up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden turned out to be a lovely time. We had a chance to see a preview of the new visitors’ center which is scheduled to open May 16th and also the extension plot for the upcoming native flora garden extension. Plus, the cherry blossoms were indeed beginning to bloom around the Japanese pond — life is good.

Check out a few of my favorite shots from the walk and have a lovely week!

“Out of Reach,” by Barry Yanowitz:
out of reach

“Panorama, Pond, Japanese Garden,” by Chris Kreussling at Flatbush Gardener:
Panorama, Pond, Japanese Garden

Untitled, by Michael Pearce and “Ents”, by Chris Kreussling at Flatbush Gardener:

Untitled, by Michael Pearce:

Instagram snapshots, by Adam Lerner:

Untitled, by Michael Pearce:

Panorama of the expansion site for the Native Flora Garden, by Chris Kreussling at Flatbush Gardener:
Panorama of the expansion site for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Native Flora Garden

… and though he couldn’t make it to this meet-up, I couldn’t help but include Shawn Hoke‘s lovely photo from the garden this week! Brooklyn is for lovers, indeed.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Couple Self Shot