Thursday, October 29, 2015

Three weeks in New York: 2. Bedford Stuveysant and down to Williamsburg: from the street


Ellery and Broadway (detail)

The grid plans, or almost grid plans are a delight, seguing unpredictably into each other. their occasional monotony affording the possibility of surprise. Magnificent! My happiness was such that even the names of streets, seemed portents of mysterious delight: Myrtle, Dekalb, Quincy, Bushwick...

Marvellous  too are fire escapes,..

Funeral parlour, near Metropolitan Avenue subway, Brooklyn, oil on card, 19 x 18 cm

But after a couple of days the sun came, and indeed it stayed for three weeks, with not a single day of rain.

I adore New York's elevated railways:

Ellery and Broadway, Brooklyn, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm

Broadway, Bedford Stuveysant, oil on card, 15 x 18 cm

I love exploring the Orthodox areas, their strangeness. I am transported to Pi, Aranofsky's marvellous film.

Returning from the Synagogue. Walworth Street, Brooklyn, oil on card, 18 x 15 cm


Sugarhill Social Club and Disco, Brooklyn, oil on card, 18 x 16 cm

Deli, Marcy Avenue, oil on card, 18 x 16 cm

This last is one of the more successful of the bunch, with just the right amount of work. Sickertian, I suppose:

Parade of shops seen from Flushing and Thompkins, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York
 oil on card, 16 x 18 cm   SOLD


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