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Brooklyn Heights Promenade then and now

Then:

September, 1991

Five-day trip to New York with brother Gordon

Drove down from Montreal

Fast driving

Not much sleep

Times Square a warren of crooks

Walk along the Brooklyn Promenade with stunning view of New York skyline

Probably a detour from one bar to the next

Random ladies sitting on the benches in the circle at north end

Did not walk across Brooklyn Bridge

Olympus OM-10 camera

Kodak T-Max 100 black and white film

Developed and printed in the Sherbrooke Record darkroom

Now:

October, 2010

Ten days in New York, 4 in Washington, with family

Flight from Hamburg via Heathrow to Newark, NJ

Headwinds

Slept well

Times Square Disneyland East

Walk along Brooklyn Promenade with jet lag on first day

New York skyline view still stunning, though something’s missing

My two special ladies in the circle at north end, placed according to what I recall of that photo nearly 20 years ago.

Walked along Brooklyn Bridge after

Two weeks, four beer

Kodak Z712 IS

No film, no darkroom


11 Responses to “Brooklyn Heights Promenade then and now”


  1. October 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Love it. That’s totally classic. Hope you had a great trip!

  2. October 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    This is a great idea. Now I want to re-shoot some of the old pictures in my photo albums.

  3. 3 G
    October 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Makes me homesick. Although when I was hanging on the promenade, no picture would have been complete without the little crack vials rolling about underfoot (late 80’s- height of the crack problem in Brooklyn, before the Heights was a fashionable address).

  4. October 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    It’s been a good long time since I’ve laughed so hard or derived so much pure enjoyment from a post. Given all the uproar in our world, there’s something – steady – about seeing the world this way. Seasons come and seasons go, but the Brooklyn Promenade goes on forever. ;-)

  5. October 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Well, now that you mention it – no, I didn’t see it until someone said “DOOFUS! Look at the danged photos! SEE?”

    Yup, I do now. No spoilers here – how about a clue? Like this: “If a photographer falls in a forest…”

  6. October 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Fantastic! I love the comparison

  7. October 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Brilliant idea to compare photos like that. (And totally missed the tree until it was pointed out to me. Was still looking for the twin towers.)

  8. October 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    The bush! The second difference is the bush! It’s grown rather nicely.

    • October 28, 2010 at 6:29 am

      True! Another thing – but perhaps in the background you can’t really see – the dockyards are mostly gone. They’re either a row of pilings, empty foundation, or just the skeleton of what once were buildings. It’s all very different.


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