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Since 2016, the patch of graffiti on a warehouse by the Carroll Street Bridge on the bank of the Gowanus Canal welcomed visitors with the tagline ‘Welcome to Venice’ with the signature "Love Jerko." But just like the Canal itself, it became a victim of gentrification. The former home of Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, the 65,000-square-foot industrial building disappeared without a trace. On my first visit to the canal since the pandemic struck, I had one of those "Oh No" moments when I drove across the historic Carroll Street Bridge and realized the graffiti covered wall was gone. Not just gone but obliterated like it had never been there. ©Mark D Phillips

Another One Bites the Dust

The former home of Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, the 65,000-square-foot industrial building disappeared without a trace. Since 2016, the patch of graffiti on a warehouse by the Carroll Street Bridge on the bank of the Gowanus Canal welcomed visitors with the tagline ‘Welcome to Venice’ with the signature “Love Jerko.” But just like the Canal itself, it became a victim of gentrification.

Eliza Phillips on Jane's Carousel in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in building before move to the waterfront. ©Mark D Phillips

A Tribute to Jane Walentas

Jane Walentas, who passed away July 5, 2020, brought millions of memories to people worldwide when she restored “Jane’s Carousel” and, along with her husband, David, gifted the majestic glass house in Brooklyn Bridge park as its new residence. She will be missed.

Governors Island will reopen for the season on Wednesday, July 15, 2020!

Governors Island Reopening

Governors Island will reopen for the season on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, with ferries traveling from Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. Governors Island ferries are always free for NYCHA residents, Kids 12 and under, Seniors 65 and over, Anyone with an IDNYC, Current and former military servicemembers, and Governors Island Members.

The view atop the new Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a high-end senior-living destination set to open this summer.

Borscht Belt Brooklyn

Imagine enjoying all the cultural bells and whistles of the Borscht Belt – without driving all the way to the Catskills. The mountain vibe rings loud and clear at the new Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a high-end senior-living destination set to open this summer.

Red Hook Fest Livestream will include powerful performances by The Illustrious Blacks, Taína Asili, Martha Redbone, The Resistance Revival Chorus, and Kyle Marshall

Red Hook Fest Livestream

The 27th Annual Red Hook Fest will be LIVESTREAMED on Saturday, June 27th at 2:00 PM via RedHookFest.com featuring powerful performances by The Resistance Revival Chorus, Illustrious Blacks, Taína Asili, and Martha Redbone, with special tributes to Red Hook’s young artists and local coronavirus relief efforts.

New York City on May 30, 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, shoppers at the Brooklyn Heights Farmers Market are greeted with a new reality and new rules. ©Mark D Phillips

New York Covid City

Brooklyn and New York City will forever be changed by Covid-19. Photographs and story from Saturday, May 30, 2020, by Mark D Phillips

Anna Schwartz, Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier, Red Hook, April 2020; BHS COVID-19 collection, 2020.003; Brooklyn Historical Society.

COVID-19 Project documents our new Brooklyn reality

The Brooklyn Historical Society is actively collecting material related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is impacting daily life in ways no one could predict. The organization is asking for all of our help. The goal is to document and preserve the collective experiences of our community during the crisis, […]