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, 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

Last weekend, 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

January Meet-up: Brooklyn Chinatown!

January 16th, 2012 | Posted by Jill in events - (0 Comments)

For years, I’ve wanted to do a photowalk through Brooklyn’s Chinatown ever since I read Robert Sietsema wax poetic about it here. I did go visit a few years back, but went camera-less and have regretted it ever since. Plus, there aren’t nearly enough great photos of Sunset Park in our Flickr pool! Though I LOVE Ed Brydon’s shot below…

Anyway — who’s in? Let’s meet at the N Train at 8th Avenue at the south end of Chinatown. We’ll walk up 8th Avenue and hopefully sample a few of the local delicacies like hand-pulled noodles, banh mi, and dumplings to ward off the cold. Please feel free to invite friends!

Date: Saturday, January 21st
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm (or later!)
Location: Meet outside the N train at 8th Avenue!

Bring a tripod if you want to continue shooting after dark! And if you just want to come along for the food — I don’t blame you.

Sunset Park Crossing

because i love face-melting guitar solos

October 18th, 2011 | Posted by Jill in events | music - (4 Comments)

Tonight, I’m taking a break from the crazy travel-and-work schedule to head to Terminal 5 and see the Smashing Pumpkins, which just so happens to be my favorite band of all time (and the reason I started blogging years and years ago). It’s been a long time since I had the opportunity to see one of their live shows and take photographs – and I can’t wait for the face-melting guitar solos.

If you’re headed to the show, send me a tweet @loveofbrooklyn or @hipstersunited – would love to see you there!

Billy Corgan shreds the guitar

Jeff Schroeder, The Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan