"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Friday, December 31, 2010

Life As It Was: 2010 In Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

2010 In Carroll Gardens:
A Year In Pictures



Spring In Carroll Gardens









My, how fast twelve months pass. 2010 has brought many changes to the neighborhood, some welcomed, some less so. A few beloved neighborhood stores have been lost forever, but there have been a few lovely new additions on both Court and Smith Streets. Some condo developments were finally completed, but received mixed reviews. Others remain holes in the ground, unlikely to rise anytime soon. With the support of the community, the Gowanus Canal has been 'superfunded', finally giving residents hope that this long-neglected waterway will get cleaned up.
Personally, 2010 was filled with joy, unexpected surprises, new friends, and incredible rewards. Now in its fourth year, Pardon Me For Asking continues to give me much pleasure. It connects me to the neighborhood more than I ever thought possible. Most importantly, it connects me to you, dear Readers and Neighbors. It is a daily pleasure to read your comments and emails to me. I always value your opinions and particularly love hearing about your own life, present and past, in Carroll Gardens.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
I'll meet you back here in 2011.

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Margaret said...

Thank you for the wonderful review - (it makes me look forward to March and onwards)I always enjoy your points of view, what you capture - that fish graffiti by the pond is a gem! That golden light on Gowanus. Happy New Year to you and your family, Katia.

Katia said...

Hi Margaret,
Yes, I love the fish as well.
Hoping that spring comes sooner rather than later in 2011,
Happy New Year to you and to your loved ones as well.
Cheers, Katia

Allyn Howard said...

I always love seeing your photos Katia! You really capture the feel of the neighborhood!! Agree, hoping for a mild winter and early spring :')

Katia said...

Happy New Year to you, Allyn.
May it be a healthy and productive one.

Laura said...

Nice retrospective. How about a "Pardon Me for Asking" calendar next year?

Katia said...

Laura, I have thought about that. I'll try to be super organized in 2011 so that I can get some printed before the end of the year.
Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Bravo Katia!

Anonymous said...

Yes, a PMFA calendar would slay the Smith Street one.

Katia said...

Thanks, guys.
I'll definitely keep it in mind. Would make great Holiday gifts for everyone as well.