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Look closely and you can see the faded white-on-blue paint on what was a Citroën dealership. In the late 1960’s, ownership of one of those distinctive French autos was as close as Third Avenue and Seventh Street, what’s now called Gowanus.

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It’s a day for fancy hats. This looked a little different on Princess Beatrice.

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Gowanus has a new bar, Halyards, on Third Avenue. It’s so fresh that the place smells of wood rather than spilled beer. The bartender is friendly, there’s room to move around, and the dogs (2) outnumbered the babies (0). (That’s not always the case at drinking joints in the vicinity of Park Slope.)

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The business is gone, but the sign remains. Third Avenue is a flat strip of road favored by drivers in a hurry. More bars and restaurants are moving onto the avenue, a.k.a., Gowanus. The feeling is in the area is otherworldly; not unpleasant, just unlike any part of Brooklyn that’s recognizable.

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This storefront has a painting of a decorated chalkboard hanging in front. On top of that is some graffiti, which, though rather like writing with a Sharpie on a blackboard, gives the brick area some personality.

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Today turned out to be a lovely day with a bright blue sky. I looked up, away from the melting snow and mess on the sidewalk, and saw this terrace with potted bushes that had gotten roughed up by the wind and weather.

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Let’s start by defining “7 days”… this parking lot hasn’t had a full-time business attached to it in a while.

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If it starts to rain, and you’re below Fourth Avenue, the first one to reach this deserted gas station can claim the umbrella. Second person gets the traffic cone and probably some police attention, because it’s trespassing.

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One bored cop

It’s not all car chases and delivering babies in unexpected places – a good part of being an NYPD cop is waiting around and doing as you’re told. This cop finished his manicure and was trying to figure out what to do next, in addition to what he’s supposed to be doing.

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Now that it’s October and jackets and sweaters are on, you wonder if there’s going to be any more sidewalk dining this season. Of course the restaurants hope so. They would all love to have a month-long al fresco Oktoberfest if they could get away with it.

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