"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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Carroll Gardens Corona Diary: A Neighborhood Devoid Of Street Life In Black And White

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The days are blending into each other during the Corona Pandemic of 2020, as most of us are staying safely at home, only venturing out for the bare necessities.
It seems as though time stands still. The streets in and around our beloved Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn are mostly devoid of pedestrians and traffic.
While stepping out, I can't help photographing our neighborhood during this unusual time.  The emptiness has an eery beauty about it.  The photos remind me of those wonderful historic black and white tax records taken by New York City of every block in the 1920's.  I always wondered what it would be like taking a step back in time, into that past with few automobiles.
How strange then, to experience this new reality that we all share,
Turning my most recent photos of Carroll Gardens into black and white seems appropriate as we all adjust to a world that somehow seems unaltered, yet will never be the same.

I hope you are all staying healthy, my dear Readers.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stepping out in the morning, the streets feel like they have been given over to the wildlife, the birds are so busy along with the squirrels and you can see some of the mischief from the raccoons that are roaming about.

It's just so strange with the void of people going about their business. The book from a few years past, "The World Without Us" comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

Very dystopian

Nabil Fawzi said...

We take our walks after WFH ends at five pm. It used to be from Carroll Gardens to the Brooklyn Bridge but we noticed a lot nore hoggers, strollers and cyclists on days with good weather. So we shifted our walks from CG to Red Hook past the terminal and warehouse. We actually discovered Valentino Park in RH for the first time after being in Brooklyn for 20 years!

On another note, I didnt know about the baseball field in Red Hook. Since it was closed due to soil contamination in 2015 nature has taken over. Plants and weeds are about 4 feet high in some places and there are a lot more birds. Oh, and there are at least 5 bras on the fence to the ball field. I assume part of some performance art and not some strange nightly rendezvous!