On Monday evening I attended the first Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn class at Brooklyn Brainery, and it was pretty cool. Just a bunch of NYC history geeks sitting around a huge map, eating cookies and drinking wine and talking about old neighborhoods and Dutch villages. Also it wasn't even a surprise anymore that less than half of the 20 or so people there are originally from somewhere else. That's just the way it is.
If anything it inspired me to learn more about my own borough of Brooklyn, and go out there and explore it. Next week we're going to take a walking tour of Crown Heights. And we talked about something I had never heard of before, Admiral's Row, which is a street of dilapidated houses by the Brooklyn Navy Yard dating back to the Civil War. Most of the houses are going to be demolished soon, so I want to get out there and see what I can see before they're all torn down. Take a look at these photo galleries, and some haunting interior shots.
I've gotten myself seriously lost in that blog.
I want to be this photographer when I grow up.
Let me try and pick my favorite photo essays:
http://kensinger.blogspot.com/2008/11/freaks-domain.html (I actually passed by here the last time I was at Coney Island)