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I just missed the West Indian Day Parade but thought I might see some costumes at Grand Army Plaza. Instead there were people milling around and a line of street sweepers was making its way down Eastern Parkway. The party was over.

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This picture of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch wasn’t taken yesterday evening, because it was rainy and the skies weren’t pink. Sailors, stay home today and mend your sails. Soldiers, there’s no rhyme to guide your day depending on the color of the sky. Sorry.

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At the weekend farmers market, while some vegetables were selling out, okra was piled high. It’s green and beautiful, but it’s still okra. This is enough to feel all of Brooklyn for the week.

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pay attention

Grand Army Plaza, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux (of Prospect Park and Central Park fame), is an 11-acre oval at the entrance to Prospect Park. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, Brooklyn’s own Arc de Triomphe, sits at the top of the plaza. The other stand-out feature of the area is the outrageous traffic and confusing signage. Drivers have been complaining about it as long as cars have been popular, going on 100 years. Pedestrians, similarly challenged, have to deal with ill-timed lights and distracted drivers. When you can’t avoid the area, be alert and don’t assume anyone is following the posted directions.

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