Author: Mark D Phillips

Face in the smoke of World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 just seconds after the second plane struck the south tower. NO REPOSTING. ©Mark D Phillips

Never Forget: 9/11 in 2023

More than two decades have gone by in a flash. It was my now-24 year-old daughter’s first day of pre-school when the planes piloted by Islamic savages felled the World Trade Center.

Return To Morrow

Two years ago, I was convinced I was witnessing the end of Blue Mesa and Morrow Point Reservoirs and the west as we knew it. What a difference above-average snowfall can make.

Gowanus Canal on October 25, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most memorable buildings along the Gowanus Canal has vanished. The Alex Figliola building was torn down destroying a graffiti canvas that covered the canal-side wall of their warehouse. ©Mark D Phillips

Gowanus is Dead, Long live Gowanus

Gowanus is dead, Long live Gowanus. I have expected to say this for at least a decade, and now, post COVID, it is finally here. The Gowanus I photographed for thirty years is officially dead, The new Gowanus Canal is becoming the residential playground it was meant to be in 2023.

Matt Dodge in the Masters GS Race at Berkshire East on February 3, 2023. ©Mark D Phillips

The Top of the Race Pyramid: The Sise Cup 2023

The Sise Cup is the most prestigious award within the New England Masters and is bestowed to the top man and woman points holders at the end of each season. With an epic battle between two top women and a dominant seven-time winner for the men, 2023 was an amazing race season.

Masters Eastern Championships at Stratton

In a challenging season for ski racing, Stratton Mountain was the scene for the 2023 Masters Eastern Regionals from January 25 to 28, 2023. Friday’s scene was set for the Slalom Championships with Giacomo Migliori taking first overall, a feat he would accomplish in Saturday’s GS Championship as well. Jason Beland came in second at +0.82, followed by Bastien Martini in third at+1.00. Alexandra Mitchell finished first for women and fourth overall. Maggie Sellar came in second at +8.72 and Deborah Adams at +11.29.

NEMS Race at Waterville Valley NH

NEMS races two New Hampshire legendary mountains

For East Coast ski racers, Waterville Valley and Canon Mountain are the places where East Coast ski racing came of age. After a five year hiatus, New England Masters Skiing returned to Waterville for 2 GS races on Friday, Jan. 20th. The races took place on the legendary World Cup trail, an opportunity that drew some of the best Masters skiers in the region. On Saturday, Jan. 21st, Masters moved to Canon Mountain for the Hochgebirge Challenge Cup Slalom race, the oldest team ski race in the United States.