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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 […]

Worcester Bravehearts Andrew Chronister (36), Nate Novia (26) watch teammate Connor Peek tag out Norwich Sea Unicorns Zach Zyons during the kickball inning of the fan rules game on June 8, 2022. Photo by Eliza Phillips

The Bananas meet the Bravehearts

If you’ve heard of the Savannah Bananas, then you know that a revolution is coming in baseball. The Harlem Globetrotters meets Barnum & Bailey concept debuted this week in New England, when the Worcester Bravehearts of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, held their first-ever “You-Choose-The-Rules” games of 2022.

Maccabiah Field Hockey on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Big Apple Tournament (May 28-29) at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY

Maccabiah: “The Jewish Olympics” take front stage in July

It started with a dream. It’s hard to wrap one’s head around it today. But at the end of the 19th century, Jews in Europe were officially barred from taking part in athletic competitions. As anti-Semitism raged in cities, towns and countrysides across the continent, Jewish people were forbidden membership in sports associations.

Jay Cochrane skywalks on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Canada, in 2002. The first skywalk in over a hundred years went from the pinnacle of the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel to the Casino Niagara Tower at a height of 40 stories, with Niagara Falls as the backdrop. "Skywalk at Niagara" was the highest skywalk ever completed in Niagara Falls. PHOTO BY MARK D. PHILLIPS

Skywalk at Niagara, 20th Anniversary

Beginning May 21, 2002, we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Jay’s first skywalk in Niagara Falls, Canada. It began a “Decade of Skywalks” with his final walk on September 17, 2012.

Red Hook Athletic Field closed for Lead pollution in 2014, finally reopening with a politician-studded, back-slapping event that sort of turned my stomach. ©Mark D Phillips

Maybe a Lead-free Zone?

So all the politicians came to celebrate the opening and the cleanup of the Red Hook Fields closed in 2014 due to Lead contamination. The reality was that all our children were playing on fields where they found that the top six inches of ballfields 5-8 were so highly contaminated that they could not stay open.

Fotografiska New York is presenting a major retrospective, Memoria, which includes 77 photographs arranged in narrative sequences including many of James Nachtwey’s most prominent bodies of work.

James Nachtwey Memoria

Fotografiska New York is presenting a major retrospective, Memoria, which includes 77 photographs arranged in narrative sequences including many of James Nachtwey’s most prominent bodies of work.

Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal consists of an indoor exhibition at The Old Stone House (OSH) and two public outdoor art exhibitions of artwork printed on banners hung on the fences surrounding J.J. Byrne Playground and Coffey Park. ©Mark D Phillips

Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal

Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal consists of an indoor exhibition at The Old Stone House (OSH) and two public outdoor art exhibitions of artwork printed on banners hung on the fences surrounding J.J. Byrne Playground and Coffey Park.

Smokey sunset on July 22, 2021, in Gowanus, Brooklyn, silhouettes the Statue of Liberty. ©Mark D Phillips

Pictures of the Year

My absolute favorite PICTURE of the YEAR is Freedom’s Fire, an image that came about because of arriving in Brooklyn and seeing the smoke filled view from our ninth floor condo looking to the Statue of Liberty and New Jersey in the west.