Gluing season

Work, travel, and weather have necessitated I take a break from walks. Just in time, I’ve found and moved into a new work space in Crown Heights.

 

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Flatlands, Canarsie, Gravesend, East New York, Cypress Hills, Brownsville, Bay Ridge, Borough Park

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The warming weather has made us all a bit more open and happy lately on the sidewalks, and I’ve had a number of very special experiences. A little girl fell asleep on my shoulder while we were sitting next to one another on the bus riding back from a walk that ended in Canarsie. It was one of those moments that I felt a very deep connection to the Brooklyn community and a small reminder of why I’m doing this work.

In contrast, I’ve been thinking nonstop about pedestrian safety after my own has come into danger recently. It’s always been an issue, but I’ve created new rules for my walks to ensure I’ll be around when reform comes about. I now wait for all vehicles in the turn lanes to pass an intersection instead of walking immediately when the walk signal appears and always wear very bright colors. There seems to be a lot awareness about this issue lately- in DeBlasio’s Vision Zero initiatives and on a recent Freakonomics podcast episode. I’m very curious to see the actions of the mayor, though I know shifts in the mindsets of drivers will require an extremely long-term view. Some day our children will think this infrastructure of ours was insane.

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Coney Island

I was able to squeeze in one walk this week with a friend, Mana Sa, around the western edge of Coney Island. It was incredibly windy, though sunny with a magical sunset. One more week of American travels and then I’m back to major amount of walking. 2014-04-14 16.57.23 2014-04-14 17.50.29 2014-04-14 17.47.46 2014-04-14 17.45.37 2014-04-14 17.28.06 2014-04-14 17.23.11 2014-04-14 17.20.11 2014-04-14 17.15.04-2 2014-04-14 17.10.32 2014-04-14 17.07.38 2014-04-14 17.05.37 2014-04-14 17.01.52 2014-04-14 16.58.41 2014-04-14 16.57.23 2014-04-14 16.35.11 2014-04-14 16.30.56 2014-04-14 16.23.48 2014-04-14 16.10.37 2014-04-14 16.54.58 2014-04-14 16.48.44 2014-04-14 16.45.21 2014-04-14 16.43.03 2014-04-14 16.41.09 2014-04-14 15.43.52 2014-04-14 15.36.05 2014-04-14 15.35.44 2014-04-14 15.34.20 2014-04-14 14.43.48 2014-04-15 17.26.09

Walks of the week: Flatlands, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Borough Park, and South Williamsburg

 

 

 

 

The last few weeks have been huge for this not-so-little map. Last week it was confirmed to be included in a show next February at BRIC with the Brooklyn Historical Society. The show will be all contemporary and historical maps of Brooklyn. I could not have imagined anything more appropriate.

With a deadline now of mid-December for mounting and resin application, my schedule for walking is going to be a little pressing, though achievable. I will need to walk an average of 29 miles a week, allowing for the travel I have planned, with some weeks as more intense than others.

Steps toward realizing a digital format is underway using the map as a means for story collection as well as a crowd funding campaign, so I can focus on collecting trash and constructing the piece. More on this soon.

I had a slight anxiety attack last week after understanding all of the actions and decisions I must take this next year, but it only manifested as a closet cleanse and I’m feeling completely up to the task now.

Yeah, 2015!

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