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An everyday NYC weekend scene….

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The price of gas changes so frequently lately some stations don’t bother to post prices. It’s a gray day, so I thought b&w was appropriate. (The monolithic building in the background is Caton Towers on Ocean Parkway.)

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In the city, people know they don’t have to rough it, so many consider gloves and hat optional unless it’s really nasty out. The guy on the phone is a daredevil, though, crossing a slippery street with his spare hand in his pocket.

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Ignore the dirty snow and piles of trash and old Christmas trees. It was nice to have a walk on this cold, crisp, January day.

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It’s official; the Gowanus Canal was given Superfund status earlier this week.

Bloomberg’s not happy about it, nor are the real estate developers, who worry about the stigma, though it’s never been a secret that the canal is toxic and leaching into the soil. Others are happy; now the clean-up can begin. Yeah!

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We’re in Brooklyn, aren’t we? Starrett City is up ahead on the right. I like people who aren’t familiar with NYC to know that opportunities abound, even here, to take boring highway pictures. It’s a genre I’m rather fond of.

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It seemed like a good idea, going to Ikea for a few small items, but many others had the same thought. Winding my way through the crowds and following the arrows on the cement floor was enough to induce fear of the marketplace, so I was glad to come upon the view of the harbor from the second-floor windows for a moment’s respite.

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The mundane evening commute, made a little more gray and moody.

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ft hamilton stop

The Ft. Hamilton stop on the F line is memorable for its ramps (on the Ft. Hamilton side). Outside the station, you won’t encounter any steps, only slopes, some of them quite steep and curvy, and treacherous in winter.

by the subwayThe station is next to the Prospect Expressway. This shot is from the DOT. Like mine, it was taken from the bridge over the roadway (but not through the chainlink fence).

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4th ave

Fourth Avenue has few things to recommend it. The drivers are so crazy you have to cross when the light is green, and still pay full-time attention. The shops are strictly utilitarian: cleaners, auto part vendors, bodegas stuffed with junk food and a few staples. But Fourth Avenue is also where the downhill slope of the neighborhood starts to level out, and the claustrophobia of the tree-lined streets gives way to wide-open space. Planes, one after the other, fly over from the south, and sunsets are visible down by the water. Even when nothing is going on, there are often interesting clouds in the sky.

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