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Day 1077

Labyrinth #7

December 11th, 2014



At PS 176. You can see all the labyrinths we've come across so far here.

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The lights of Dyker Heights

December 11th, 2014



Dyker Heights is home to NYC's most famous Christmas lights. While there are individual houses in other parts of the city that rival the craziest ones here, there's no other neighborhood that can match the density of over-the-top displays — house after house after house — that you'll find in this section of Dyker Heights (photos). At peak hours in December, the most illuminated blocks are packed with people gawking at the lights; tourists come from around the world, and there are even $50-per-person guided bus tours. The house above belongs to Lucy and Angelo Spata, Dyker lights pioneers who have been putting on a Chrismastime spectacle for some three decades now.

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Jerry from 14th and 65th

December 11th, 2014


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Two-story grotto

December 11th, 2014



Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette, at the Shrine Church of St. Bernadette

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Sinai Academy

December 11th, 2014



This Jewish high school occupies the former Yeshivah of Bensonhurst.

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The joyous spirit of Christmas

December 11th, 2014



at D&F Sports Center

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Another painful reminder

December 11th, 2014



of the Great Fig Calamity of 2014

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On the side of Tryst Lounge

December 11th, 2014



Another flag by Scott LoBaido

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Homemade Christmas village

December 11th, 2014



Here's a closer look.

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9/11 memorial #224

December 11th, 2014



P.S. 127 Remembers
All Our Heroes, Victims And
Families Of September 11, 2001.

We Dedicate This Garden To Them,
And To All Our Children Who Are
Our Hope For The Future.

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Ephemeral afternoon paint job

December 11th, 2014


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Societa Santa Fortunata

December 11th, 2014



From a 2012 Brooklyn Daily article:

A Catholic martyr’s death came to life in the streets of Bensonhurst during the weekend of Sept. 29.

One hundred fifty members of the Societa Santa Fortunata di New York acted out the horrific killing of Saint Fortunata and bore a casket containing her likeness around the neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday — a tradition that has crossed the Atlantic from the tiny town of Baucina in Palermo, Sicily . . .

Santa Fortunata was a Christian woman living in the Roman Empire during the persecuting rule of the Emperor Diocletian. In the year 303 AD, Fortunata refused a proposal from the emperor’s son because she didn’t want to convert, and so the prince first threw her to lions, shot her with arrows, and boiled her in hot pitch. But Fortunata held onto life until her spurned suitor finally stabbed her in the head. Her remains were brought to Baucina from the mainland in 1790 — where her body is still used in the procession today — and immigrants brought her rite to Brookyn in 1900.
You can see photos from the most recent procession here.

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Zooming out a bit…

December 11th, 2014



Life is short, art is long, experience is difficult

The awning of Dikansky's Health World, Inc. offers a paraphrased version of Hippocrates's first aphorism.

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Portals of the day

December 11th, 2014


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TP: The Remake

December 11th, 2014



An updated take on a beloved classic