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Slumming it in Dead Horse Bay
May 17, 2012

Bis repetita placent. Some places we visit more often than others, even if only because the tide has pulled us there. Dead Horse Bay tickles a few of our instincts, being a foraging lucky spot surrounded by tidal flats and overflown by JFK giants, much quieter than its Jamaica Bay cousin Broad Channel, and with the odd resurgence of half-a-century old glass and metal artifacts as a bonus or a curse depending on one's point of view... Signs of the past When garbage was mostly non-poluting American oyster...

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Floyd Bennett Field and Dead Horse Bay
May 23, 2011

So after all this time, Saturday's was my first excursion to the Floyd Bennett Field, at the very eastern tip of Brooklyn. Built in the early 30's, the field was New York's first municipal airport and was meant by the city mayor to lure the US Postal Service and major airlines away from their Newark base. But only American Airlines took the bate and despite the regular visit of many great record-setting aviators such as Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes and John Glenn, the field was rather isolated and never joined the major...

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Happy New Spin Around The Sun!
December 31, 2016

While my dear Marie was going to sleep listening to the call of owls outside her window in the Southern Hemisphere, and with neither reason nor need to celebrate here, I picked up a bubble-car and went for a ride earlier today, nursing my cold and intentionally avoiding later frenzy. I had started towards Dead Horse Bay for sunset, but it was late and clouding over, so I deviated to Coney Island to go have a quick look at the ocean. There will be five official New Year's Eve fireworks tonight in New York City, one...

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Escape From New York City
September 2, 2014

There are no easy options when it comes to escaping the Big Apple and its madly turbulent crowds. I like to imagine the city as surrounded at all times by a series of concentric circles, or bubbles, characterized by a slowly decreasing level of overpopulation. The inner bubble is centered on Manhattan and within it, no hope subsists. There will be a mob no matter where one goes. The second bubble typically includes the five boroughs and while there are hotspots, it is usually possible to find relative peace in outer...

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Sandy's Aftermath: Chaos in the Rockaways
November 13, 2012

Exactly two weeks after long inhibited category 1 hurricane Sandy unleashed her post-tropical moods on the Eastern Seaboard, much remains to be done in New York towards a complete recovery. So many still lack power and heat that the drama is wearing off and both media and public awareness are slowly drifting away from the crisis, their senses blunted by fifteen days of sensationalist news bombing. So on Sunday when I escaped downtown Brooklyn for a quick getaway to Dead Horse Bay, curious to see what new...

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