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Jackie Robinson Playground

February 22nd, 2012



Located right across the street from the former Ebbets Field. The park superintendent told me that one day last year he saw a Jehovah's Witness carrying a copy of The Watchtower with a beautiful painting of sea creatures on its cover. He found out who the artist was and asked him to replicate the painting, on a much larger scale, in the playground. It looks beautiful, but there turned out to be a problem: he used the wrong kind of paint, and now the surface becomes really slippery when it gets wet. The super said he'll have to figure out a solution before summer, when the bears start shooting water out of their mouths.

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National League champions?

February 22nd, 2012



World Series champions!

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I am

February 22nd, 2012



From the House of Yemanj√°

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More DOT bridge art

February 22nd, 2012



I liked it until I read the description on that blue sign over there: "Lincoln Road Serape is a 70-foot weaving made of plastic ribbons woven into the chain link fence to create a colorful swathe that connects the neighborhood. The installation is based on weaving blanket designs of diamond shapes and zig-zags woven by Navajo craftspeople."

To be fair to the artist, she doesn't use any of that language on her website, leading me to believe this may be another case of terrible DOT writing.

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Just a wild guess

February 22nd, 2012



St. Paul's Church?

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The evidence is mounting

February 22nd, 2012



I'm feeling pretty good about my previous guess.

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Portal of the day

February 22nd, 2012



It's a pretty good imitation of the original (especially the original original).

P.S. This building is located on a two-block-long street named Tennis Court, which once ran through an enclave of houses called Tennis Court, and which still leads to some actual tennis courts at the Knickerbocker Field Club. The Knick, established in 1889, is largely hidden from the street, tucked out of sight behind three large 20th-century apartment buildings.

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Victorian Flatbush

February 22nd, 2012



That's the colloquial name for this chunk of central Brooklyn, which was "in many respects . . . the first suburbs." This particular house is located in the neighborhood of Beverley Square East.

Funny note about the linked NY Times article: it mentions the hideous abbreviation "NoProPaSo" (North of Prospect Park South), which for years I had cited as the most heinous of the recent rash of shortened neighborhood nicknames. Turns out it was created as a joke, but the Times reporter failed to record that detail!

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Arboreal domination

February 22nd, 2012


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Fiske Terrace

February 22nd, 2012



Another Victorian Flatbush neighborhood

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The first kosher conveyor belt

February 22nd, 2012



About time!

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Localized eruv

February 22nd, 2012



Unlike the extensive Manhattan Eruv, this one just encloses a few neighboring houses.

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Lonely rails

February 22nd, 2012



The Bay Ridge Branch has lost its companion.

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Tortoise-shell traffic calming

February 22nd, 2012



Located here on Waldorf Court and a block south on Wellington Court, these unusual traffic calming medians are rather unobtrusive.

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Barn-style house

February 22nd, 2012



If I had lived here as a child, I might have had a chance at refuting my mother's seemingly unassailable mealtime scolding:

Mabel, Mabel, strong and able
Get your elbows off the table
This is not a horses' stable
But a well-bred dining table

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Best lawn art so far!

February 22nd, 2012


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Crocuses!

February 22nd, 2012



They just popped up today, and they're everywhere!

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Ditmas Park

February 22nd, 2012



More Victorian Flatbush

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See, everywhere!

February 22nd, 2012


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One family only!

February 22nd, 2012



Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District

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from the soaring foot of Grand Master John Dinkins.

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Franklin Avenue

February 22nd, 2012



As depicted on a construction wall mural. You can see a SkyWatch tower in this mural (three in three days!). You can even see the construction wall in this mural. In fact, you can see this mural in this mural! (It's the one all the way to the right, next to the dog-and-cat panel.) The artist cut off the right side of the mural-within-the-mural, however, eliminating the need to paint an infinite regress. Check it all out on Street View.

UPDATE: This mural is even cooler than I thought!