DUMBO is the former warehouse district where artists squatted and a great art scene grew --till the developers came in. There are still some artists, but as we discovered, the scene is no longer as vibrant and edgy and crowded as it once was. Nonetheless, we had a lovely day wandering around and chasing the art. Much of it was, IMO, crapola. Some of it was moving and well done. For my money, the best exhibit I saw was at VII Gallery - a powerful exhibit of photojournalist Ed Kashi's work. But their artists are all wonderful: the VII website has some of the strongest, most poignant photographs have ever seen.
But I digress...here are some of my photos taken as I wandered through the streets Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass... a different part of Brooklyn from my usual Prospect Heights/Park Slope destination.
These graffiti'd walls hid construction and were works of art better than anything in the galleries.
Another example of elegant graffiti that made me smile.
And then, there was the shopping.
Grids and more grids. A Japanese clothing company was setting up these pods in the street.
Don't you just love it?
Sunday - back in New Jersey - a walk around the 1881 J&J complex where my studio is made me realize again how much I love these old building with so much history. For five years I have been entering/leaving the building without really seeing the gritty beauty around me.
And now, back to the kitchen to finish cooking for tonight's Rosh Hashanah dinner. For those of you who celebrate, I wish you a sweet year filled with health, wealth, love, and time to enjoy them all.