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.

long walk home

October 1st, 2009 | Posted by Jill in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

long walk home

This morning, I reluctantly flipped my calendar to October and kissed the summer goodbye. There was a chill in the air as I ride my bike through the Slope and through Gowanus on the way to work; I am glad I rediscovered my cache of autumn scarves to stave off the breeze.

The great thing about Fall, though, is the long walks. I can’t wait to take one this weekend.

art under the bridge

September 27th, 2009 | Posted by Jill in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

As the Friday light faded this weekend, I started getting excited for the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge festival, in its 13th year in Brooklyn. I work in the neighborhood and the tension in the air always gets noticeably more excited in the ‘hood when it’s time for the annual festival.

One of our photographers (and my co-worker, too) was showing in an studio there, and I couldn’t wait to check it out. But before we headed out, we threw open one of the warehouse windows at our office, got a strong breeze of the cool September air, and snapped some shots of the fading light.

It turned out the galleries were lovely and we met some very cool people, all photographing Brooklyn. Can’t wait to rope them in…