Thursday, December 31, 2009

what will the new year bring for you?

I fully-well intended to walk the dog to dog park this morning. for those that know me, making that 300-mile walk is A Big Deal for me. I am NOT a walker. But I have been without a car for 9, NINE, that's 2-days-more-than-a-week, 9 days. Nine. And the on-leash walks around a couple blocks just doesn't cut it for a 5½-year-old Australian Shepherd. He needs some OFF-leash time. Not just for the exercise factor, but for his mental health. So he can run, and go in the direction HE wants to go, and sniff what HE wants to sniff, pee on what HE wants to pee on. Dogs need a little freedom like that.

Well, anyway, I had no idea when we set foot out of the apartment this morning to make the long journey to dog park, that we would be walking, instead, into freaking WINTER WONDERLAND. The snow was coming down so hard it was literally choking me. Well, a couple flakes blew into my mouth as I walked (gasping for breath) and made me cough. But still.

Anyway. Given the weather, we didn't head for the park, but instead for a playground a couple blocks away...and fortunately the visibility was so poor that I figured we were safe with him off-lead, if we stayed walking around the outer perimeter, which is lower than the track and athletic field in the middle. He was able to get a couple good gallops in, and between that and the slight uphill walk back home, I think he's good.

In the meantime, I didn't take the real camera as it was too wet out, but I snapped a couple snowy shots with the cell phone, so excuse the poor quality.

What do you think the new year holds for you???

3rd Ave., Bay Ridge

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

signed, sealed, delivered

outside all the chinese take-out and pizza places, are little caravans of bicycles and mopeds, retrofitted with baskets or coolers to keep food hot en route to their deliveries. on long island, deliveries were made w cars and took forEVER. these guys deliver in all weather, on their respective "out in the weather" vehicles (can you call a bicycle a "vehicle"?), and they are FAST!
5th Ave, Bay Ridge
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Monday, December 28, 2009

a blaze of lights

i think my favorite part of christmastime is the lights. lights make ordinary things seem special. two favorite sights are driving along the BQE at night and passing the downtown manhattan skyline...awesome....and landing at night at LAX, miles and miles of twinkling lights of los angeles spread out as far as the eye can see...amazing. christmas lights make *everywhere* seem special - rich and poor neighborhoods, plain and fancy houses.

so, just a last few christmas light hurrahs this week, before the lights are turned off for another year and the world goes dark.

Bay Ridge

Sunday, December 27, 2009

read all about it!

I think I was spoiled spending so much time growing up in Los Angeles - the newstands are amazing - like the best Borders/Barnes&Noble magazine section, all outside! Local and international magazines, every title imaginable.

I was a horse-crazy youngster then and was thrilled that I could browse The Quarter Horse Journal, The Chronicle of the Horse, The Arabian Horse Somethingorother, Practical Horseman, and many more, all in one spot! I'd never seen anything like that on Long Island. Now my magazine interests are fashion, photography, decorating, gardening, with an occasional dabble in crafts/DIY.

What's the best magazine source you've seen in Brooklyn?

9th St & 5th Ave, Park Slope

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

the party's over

Christmas is over for another was rainy, windy, and grey - my favorite kind of day for staying inside and working on indoor projects. I spent a couple hours re-organizing the bedroom and closet - when I first moved in here, I unpacked quickly and just stuck stuff anywhere to get the boxes out. And while I was productive, after 4 days without a car, I'm starting to feel a little trapped! I know people live in the city all their lives and never have a car, but they know how to do that! I'm clueless about the subways! One of my goals for this vacation week is to get on the subway and go into the city...just to get my feet wet. In the meantime, in the rain and small apartment, I'm feeling a little like a prisoner in my own home....not unlike this glittery guy behind bars...

Friday, December 25, 2009

merry christmas

I love the crazy overdecorated houses....but my favorites are the traditional homes w classic decorations...
83rd St, Bay Ridge

Thursday, December 24, 2009

christmas rainbows

may all your holiday wishes come true...

Bay Ridge - 81 or 82 St. I forget! I was wandering. I didn't have my glasses. I can't be held responsible!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


ya gotta love this sign.

99 cents. and up. or less. ha.

i killed the transmission in my car today. well, *I* didn't kill it, it's more like it committed suicide. either way, tranny kaput. anyone want to donate $2200 to a good cause??
5th ave, bay ridge

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Monday, December 21, 2009

all bases covered

I first saw this windowscape back in the beginning of November...I sort of suspect it looks like this all year long. another window has a more summery display. i guess she figures she's got all bases covered between the two windows.

68th St, Bay Ridge

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

we're not in mexico anymore, toto!

we had quite the lovely snowfall yesterday and last night...we went for a photo walk and drive earlier today and while there were many beautiful snow-covered vignettes, this just struck me as too funny....

off 3rd ave, bay ridge

Saturday, December 19, 2009

5 days, 17 hours,15 minutes, and 51 seconds

I can remember counting down like this when I was a kid...I wonder if there's anything ahead that I'll ever feel THAT expectant about again??

82nd St, Bay Ridge

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Friday, December 18, 2009


colonial rd, bay ridge
we're supposed to have a buncha snow over the weekend, i'm so excited i can hardly stand it!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

seasons greetings

this house has about everything but the kitchen!

86th St, Dyker Heights

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

outside the box

i think this is So Fabulous - these people are virtually covering their house with mosaic work...
wyckoff st, boerum hill
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

march of the....

...great big Christmas decorations!

Dyker Heights

Monday, December 14, 2009

nothing says seasons greetings..... a Santa behind bars...
williamsburg (I think...or Bushwick).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

christmas tradition

such a lovely and simple christmas scene. it reads so "CHRISTMAS!" yet all they really did was hang those two wreaths over the lanterns. the red door and ivy make it.

pacific st, boerum hill

Saturday, December 12, 2009

i'd like a table by the hydrant, please

somewhere in williamsburg. or bushwick. i'm not exactly sure where I was...and I'm not exactly sure what the boundaries are. i need to start making notes where I take pictures!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

little cupcake

doesn't this look all cozy and nice and starry starry nightish??

3rd ave, bay ridge

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hello, Kitties

waterfront cats seen in a warehouse full of sand on a dead-end street in Sunset Park.

and speaking of cats, this is the perfect time of year to remember all those animals in need...and make a donation to the New York Humane Society

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

blue brick house w red gas pump. red hook.

Friday, December 4, 2009

eet eeze beestro, n'est ce pas??

Just today, a friend and I were discussing what *exactly* constitutes a "bistro," after I'd mentioned how funny I thought it was that the concession stand at Ikea is called the Ikea "bistro."

According to Wikipedia, a bistro is a small, reasonably-priced restaurant in a modest setting. I found this a little funny - "Bistro patrons do not necessarily expect professional service or printed menus." Ha. According to the online reviews I've read, this bistro in Park Slope, Moutarde, may *not* have professional service! But it looked cute to me tonight, tres Francais, especially with that little scooter out front.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

feeling blue??

caleb and I went out for a wander this evening and ended up blocks and blocks away from home! trust me, I am *not* a walker, so for *me* to get so far from home without realizing it, you KNOW I am captivated by what I see!

mad lights. mad. this is bay ridge.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

He's makin' a list, checking it twice, blah blah blah. The homes of Dyker Heights have some MAD Christmas lights!