A week ago Saturday we met our friend Tibor in Brooklyn. He wanted to show us the Greenwood Cemetery. It was an incredibly windy, overcast day and the idea of being outside in a cemetery was the last thing I could have imagined doing. Colman and I took the ferry to Manhattan and trains to Brooklyn where we met Tibor, he had a car and drove us the few blocks to Greenwood Cemetery. I was not prepared for the sight of it. It’s a 200 year old cemetery that was at one time a more popular tourist destination than Niagra Falls attracting 500,000 visitors annually (like this blog. . .). Our first stop was this chapel
The landscape is hilly and the cemetery is vast. This is a view from the front of the chapel, a village of mausoleums. This is the cemetery that inspired all those interesting, romantic graveyards we see in films.
The decorative detail on the chapel is in especially high relief.
One of the the large stained glass windows.
The chandelier in the sanctuary.
A row of Celtic Cross monuments, the cemetery is a fantasy land of monuments and mausoleums, all kinds of sculpture and miniature architecture cover the landscape for acres and acres.
The entrance gate house as seen from the inside as we were leaving.
Our next stop was International (Food) Fairway in Red Hook. We walked along a paved ‘Boardwalk’ to enter the back door where we were to have lunch. This shot across the New York Harbor has a piece of Staten Island on the left of the horizon, a piece of the arc of the Bayonne Bridge left of center and the rest is the container port in Elizabeth, New Jersey where cranes reach for the sky.
This is the back of the International Fairway building that faces the harbor. It was nice to see a preserved (but not restored) trolley with a piece of its catenary system overhead.
Turning around, with the trolley at my back, the view centered on the Statue of Liberty across the agitated harbor.
Turning again toward the South, the Verrazano Bridge is visible on the horizon.
On the front side of the International Fairway building, just outside of the parking lot, stands this unusual house.
There is a large Nursery near by, it was closed but in the back of it near the harbor they had planted open garden of vegetables and gourds, I think Tibor said it was planned for children.
On the way to another warehouse we passed this single boat ramp, the high winds made the water behave like a shore with high surf.
Here I’m standing in Red Hook looking West, The red buildings are on Governor’s Island and the Goldman Sachs tower is in New Jersey.
Tibor dropped us off on Atlantic Avenue where we were to attend the opening of a show at the Gooseneck Barnacle later in the evening. We did some spice shopping at Sahadi’s and I bought turkish delight and sesame rings at a lebanese bakery. This bronze railing is outside of a former bank that has become Trader Joe’s.
The relief here is very flat. Recently I have been interested in the circular motifs, I have a set of copper bowls that I want to chase but haven’t had time to draw any animals in circles yet. This border had animals that I might never have considered.
It was getting dark as we headed back to the Goose Barnacle for the opening. This one store was already in Halloween garb.
It was difficult taking photos at the opening, there were a lot of people and I couldn’t get the clear shots I would have liked to take. My friend David Alperin from last spring’s class at FIT is opening the store/gallery on Atlantic Avenue. It’s called the Goose Barnacle. He’s carrying a line of menswear by Christophe Hascoat and the first art show is of paintings by Aldo Pizzi. Here are some shots of the opening.
Here’s David Alperin, the store’s owner.
Here’s Colman talking with Christophe Hascoat.The painter Aldo Pizzi is the bearded guy on the left.