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Or maybe something happened during the upload? All of the elements take on extra significance in this arty accident: the woman who is probably heading to a wedding, the crooked police and fire call box, the call-a-car, and even the color red.

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On the wall of the subway bridge, before the trains head underground at Carroll Street, there are some murals painted by children. They have held up well; they’ve been there for a few years now and haven’t been ruined by the elements or graffiti.

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This weekend is the DUMBO Arts Festival. It’s fun and popular. There are many outdoor activities; it’s not so much about visiting artists’ studios. Here are some floating sculptures; I also saw a welding demo and a hackysack contest.

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This past weekend the Brooklyn Museum sponsored Go Brooklyn Art (gobrooklynart.org), two days of open studios and a competition to find an artist to feature in a show at the museum. I didn’t care about the voting, but enjoyed the artwork. These toilet paper tubes were repurposed by the multi-talented Andre da Loba, who appears to have more fun than many artists.

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Maybe the artist was looking for a quick getaway, or the degradation of the cardboard is part of the piece. Nearby is some very colorful fence painting, so this subtle panel creeps up on you… Look, it’s Bette Davis!

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I was drawn back to to Macy’s parking garage to see more of the “Love Letters to Brooklyn.” Many of us have some old city downtown in our pasts. It hardly matters the city, because there’s a similarity about fading department stores and their surrounds.

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I thought this stretch of 39th Street by the cement plant was no-man’s land, but it’s not. There’s a portrait poster from the Inside Out Project, a global art initiative by French street artist JR that is funded by a prize from TED.

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Some construction was planned on Willoughby Street near Metrotech about three years ago, but before work began, 15 artists put installations in abandoned storefronts. The demolition hasn’t happened yet, but the windows have remained. It has definitely beautified this neighborhood in transition.

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This is Ohad Meromi’s sculpture from the show “A Promise is a Cloud.” At Metrotech until November 2012, the pieces, as described in the accompanying text, are about potential and transformation. In person, in artwork comes off better than in photographs. It’s a good show, so I’d recommend a detour if you are in the area.

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The fence says Post No Bills; it says nothing about surreal painted scenes and wordplay. A new building is going up across from the subway terminal. I doubt the storefronts will be as interesting as these paintings on plywood.

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