bridges and buildings

Saturday the 10th of August…I walked out of my hotel (which was a lovely hotel, more on that later) and walked over to Lexington Ave to find breakfast (a bagel) and get onto the subway downtown.  Got off at Lafayette and Canal.  This was the day the city had closed Park Ave. and Lafayette St. to traffic.  Seven miles of biking, running and walking without getting run over.

blocked off to traffic
blocked off to traffic

They also had stops along the way for things like a mini zip line, a climbing wall and art installations.

climbing wall
climbing wall

The architecture in this area varies from typical row houses with front fire escapes to looming office buildings and towering pillars on the municipal court building.

front fire escape
front fire escape
clouds and windows
clouds and windows
pillars
pillars

At the end of Lafayette I did something I have never done before, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.  It’s not as sexy as I thought it would be, in fact it was hot and sticky and full of tourists walking and riding bikes. There were children in gargantuan strollers, grandmothers who stopped right in front of me, people taking their pictures to prove they were there (okay, I was one of them, I posted a picture on fb…).  Fortunately there was a separate bike path but the bikers were in a hurry and yelled if anyone wandered into their lane.  In addition, the path mostly went along the center of the bridge so there was little chance of seeing the water, just the bridge and a bunch of construction walls.  At one point the bridge itself was obscured by a see-through tarp that stopped things from falling on the pedestrians.  (One of my favorite pictures, see below) I could also see the Statue of Liberty in the distance.  By the time I got on the bridge, the weather had changed and clouds were the norm.

bridge cable
bridge cable
top o' the bridge
top o’ the bridge
obscured
obscured

I still managed to get across (despite being very hot and having sore feet) and celebrated by having a glass of chilled white wine in a bar in the park in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn looking at the bridge from underneath.

And at the end of the trip, I found a hole in a wall…

just a hole in the wall
just a hole in the wall

Not a bad day!

5 thoughts on “bridges and buildings

  1. Super photos. The one called Pillars makes me feel dizzy. Great idea to have the streets closed off like that. Is it a once a summer event or does it happen more often?

    1. This particular event happens once a year but evidently they close off streets throughout the year for different events like parades etc. It was very cool but of course New Yorkers hate inconvenience so there was grumbling from the people who had to get out of their taxis a block away from their apartments…darn the bad luck. 🙂

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