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Salt and Green water mark the edges of the shoreline along the Dead Sea near Ein Gedi, Israel, in 2022. ©Mark D Phillips

The Dead Sea in Despair

Andrea Peyser and I had frolicked in the buoyant water at Ein Gedi on the sea’s northern basin in 1992. Now in 2022, the resort is abandoned, a decaying ghost town in the middle of sinkholes — a nightmare scene out of a science fiction novel, fenced off and marked with DANGER signs. When the Ein Gedi Spa resort closed in March 2020, the water had receded 2½ miles away (4 kilometers).

The American and Israeli flags were projected on the outside wall of the old city of Jerusalem, welcoming President Biden to the country. ©Mark D Phillips

21st Maccabiah: Israel before the games

The American and Israeli flags were projected on the outside wall of the old city of Jerusalem, welcoming President Biden to the country. ©Mark D Phillips Israel is a beautiful land, full of history and misunderstood by all. Arriving a few days prior to the opening ceremonies for the 21st […]

Max Scherzer makes a rehab start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies against the Hartford Yardgoats Double-A game at Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, CT, on June 29, 2022. ©Mark D Phillips

Rehab Starts: Scherzer is a Rumble Pony

Max Scherzer makes a rehab start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies against the Hartford Yardgoats Double-A game at Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, CT, on June 29, 2022. ©Mark D Phillips There are times when I want to shoot baseball because of the situation. When I heard that Max Scherzer […]

Arts Gowanus Artwalk on Atlantic Avenue

Look for Gowanus artwork on Atlantic Avenue by Mark D Phillips of southbrooklyn.com “Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave” returns from June 18th until June 26, 2020. The 1.5-mile self-guided ArtWalk through Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill will include the works of local artists such […]