treats from the south slope

This little bakery on 5th Avenue in the South Slope sits between 20th Street and 21st Street. The ladies there are always so friendly and, despite the fact that the shelves on this fancy cake rack are installed crookedly, they’re doing their best to outshine the several other bakeries right along this strip. That’s a tough job, especially now that Little Buddy Bakery has moved in to compete with the local Latin contingency. It seems the head baker of the company is also a long-time-ish South Slope resident, so we shall see how it fares! Can’t wait to try!

And as if sugary sweetness wasn’t enough of a treat, for any of you out there observing Columbus Day on Monday, enjoy the three-day weekend!

manhattan bridge vertorama 2A very Happy Birthday to the Manhattan Bridge today! There will be a celebration at 7pm for the occasion and it will feature fireworks, a marching band, and a reenactment of the original walk across the bridge.

This bridge was actually the last to be built  of the three bridges that connect Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The Brooklyn Bridge was of course the first and the Williamsburg was the second.  The Manhattan bridge was designed by Polish engineer Ralph Modjeski.  This is my favorite of the three bridges and looks the most impressive in my opinion.  It’s also a really enjoyable subject to photograph.  If you’d like the full res version of this image (~20mb), we’re letting you download the full res (no commercial or public use granted to anyone though, sorry), in celebration of its birthday.

Full Resolution Download from (~20mb)

Enjoy the free photo for now!  I’m off to photograph the event.  We will post pics here later!



Here is a 6 photo gallery of scenes from tonight’s centennial celebration.

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100 years old

October 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Matt in parks and museums - (1 Comments)

Manhattan Bridge 9.09

The Manhattan Bridge turns 100 this weekend, complete with fireworks by the Gruccis.  Festivities will commence at 7:00pm this Sunday (10/4).    Apparently the Manhattan School of Music Brass Quintet will perform at the East River Park Amphitheatre, but I say and skip the music stay in BK.  I work in DUMBO and took this photo on my lunch break.  If you haven’t spent much time in DUMBO I recommend you make an evening of it. 

Get here early, head over to Grimaldi’s for their coal brick oven pizza.  Expect to wait a long time, especially during peak eating hours.  (It’s worth the wait).  Check out the free fireworks, maybe even get some ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

business made better

October 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Kruger in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

business made better

Why hello there! I am Peter Kruger, one of the photographers you’ll find on this fine site. You’ll be seeing a lot more of my Brooklyn photography going forward, and I apologize in advance for the sub-par descriptions I’ll inevitably write and the probable historical and physical inaccuracies that will transpire. So feel free to school me in Brooklyn knowledge in the comments. ;)

So here we are on E New York Ave on a Saturday night in East New York, Brooklyn.  It was on this night that I first went photographing with Pete from Brooklyn (another member for FTLOB, and someone who knows more about Brooklyn than Brooklyn itself).  We were looking to photograph some things not often photographed that were “behind some fences” (euphemism).  Anyway, when I asked about the safety of the area, Pete told me that it was perfectly safe and nothing to worry about.  This is around 10pm.  Fast forward 5 hours and we’re both a little drunk off of some good beers (Hoptimus Prime!) and he lets me know the secret that we’re actually in the 75th Precinct, otherwise known as NYC’s *most* dangerous area.  Upon learning this, it immediately made sense why I was hearing gunshots, seeing massive bloodstains on the sidewalk, and was seeing massive undercover officers busting warehouse party operations.  But it was a blast all around and we got some good photos.  Pete taught me an incredible amount of Brooklyn history and I got some good photos.  This was the first photo I took that night, more so just to make sure everything was set with the new camera body for a night of photography, but it came out and looked just like this on camera screen.  So upon seeing it, I knew that good things were ahead.  I wanted to post this photo first to this blog to let you know that very good things are on the way here too.  It’s a pleasure to share photos with all of you, for the love of Brooklyn.