Just some thoughts and ideas going around in my head while trying to figure out where I am and where everyone else is going.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

NYC Waterfalls

I missed the exhibit in Central Park a few years ago when they put up hundreds of red or orange banners over the pathways. From what I understand, many people would walk through them and experience some sort cathartic response. So I figured that I would not miss the waterfalls that were constructed temporarily on the banks of the East River this year and so I went to New York City on Saturday.

Actually I thought, just to go to the city and see the waterfalls and come straight back to Jersey would have been a waste of time. So I decided to take advantage of the last days of summer and do Fire Island again but without the large party crowd. I had read on someones blog where they referred to a large group of black people on Fire Island as urban sprawl. I might have thought that as funny except that I realized they were speaking of me and my people. But I've never been one to be frightened of going anywhere because of mere speech, so I went.

I think I love Fire Island. There is something to be said about being being able to walk stark naked on a public beach, dick swinging left and right as you move and not be harassed by police or onlookers. There is a sense of freedom that is hard to describe. I would have taken pictures, but this ain't that kind of party.

Anyway, so I headed back into the city at the end of the day and arrived north of the Manhattan Bridge sometime after 8:30pm where I could see 3 of the man-made waterfalls. I walked down South St to the Brooklyn Bridge taking pictures for the next hour. I was impressed by the sight, as I'm sure everyone is just by being in Lower Manhattan. But I found after 47 pictures only 3 of those of the Brooklyn Bridge that came out with any real focus. Just 3 pictures after walking in and among the brothers drinking and dodging in between the Asian men fishing. Can you believe people fish from that river? Who knows, maybe one day they will pull up Jimmy Hoffa. I'm sorry, I forgot he's supposed to be buried in Giants Stadium.

Well I need to get a real camera, an SLR and not this point and shoot that I use. It should be called point and throw, especially for night shots. I was too far from the subject and it was too late for the pictures not to come out grainy.

After a while I gave up trying to get a good shot, so I used the video function of the camera to see what I could capture but even that came out wrong. But I guess that if you've read this far, you will still need some sort of payoff so don't say I didn't warn you.


  1. Thx for the tip. I didn't know they have the waterfalls thing in NY. I need to get out more...

  2. Wow you really made day of it. Yea I see the waterfall over by the Statue of Liberty every morning on my way to work. They are interesting to say the least.


  3. dang learn something new each day
    i bet looking at what i can see from the pics was serene

  4. if only you knew - There is so much out there that more people need to take advantage if only to make their lives a little brighter if not better. I hope that you are able to do that for yourself and the ones that you love.

    Damnit - Interesting is a perfect word for them. They won't make anybody's list of world wonders, but they seem to bring a difference and maybe elegance to an otherwise urban jungle.

    T - Serene is exactly what it was. It gave you a chance just to relax a little and maybe forget that you were standing under the FDR at night where if anything were to happen they wouldn't find the body until the next morning when the garbage trucks rolled in. But serene was exactly the feeling that you got.

  5. Actually, it's not that bad...thanks for sharing this.

  6. Pleased to hear that you were able to experience the NYC Waterfalls; it most have been quite an experience to say the least however; I have a question; Did you feel cathartic? More like purgation and cleansing or carharsis.

    Fire Island now you must have enjoyed your naked self, yeah Fire Island has been around awhile, but now I hear from you and other bloggers that Fire Island is quite the retreat. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Fire Island.

    Thank you for sharing the video it was entertaining.

  7. Darius - Thank you, but if I had a real camera I know I would have been able to get something special.

    Chet - Carthatic? No, frustrated at first and then calm and secure in a funny kind of way. In fact if I could have sat there for next hour I probably would have.

    As for Fire Island, it's always good to get away easily and not have to worry about the same silly stuff that you do at home.


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