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snowy

The Friday snowstorm: last of the season? It didn’t add up to much and looked nice coming down. I think I’m having (prematurely) nostalgia for the winter and the snow that didn’t fall.

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We are waiting for the storm, Hurricane Sandy. The authorities are warning everyone to stay away from bodies of water. Think about the Gowanus Canal being four feet higher than normal, and RUN to higher ground.

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The Gowanus Canal, our local Superfund site, sprouts several watery arms along its length – this picture was taken at the end of one, at Third Avenue. The chain link on the bridge here is small-gauge, so people can only throw tiny objects in the water. The Kentile sign is to the left of the setting sun.

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This is the view from Smith & Ninth, taken last April. I’m hoping to revisit the spot where I was standing, toward the front of the platform, as soon as the subway work is done. It’s not a beautiful view, the Lowe’s parking lot, the poisonous canal, and the elevated highway, but I miss it.

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It’s the elements versus the tree, with a big dose of contamination and filth thrown in. The tree’s growth may be stunted, but it survives.

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