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A Hole in the Sky in South America

2020’s only Total Solar Eclipse left its Hole in the Sky above the Southern Hemisphere on December 15, 2020. The total solar eclipse, which lasted just over two minutes, was visible from the northern Patagonia region of Argentina and from Araucania in Chile. A partial solar eclipse was visible in […]

ANC leader Nelson Mandela (R) meets with New York Mayor David Dinkins 14 July 1992 at Gracie Mansion in New York City. AFP photo/Mark D Phillips

David Dinkins Tribute

The first time I met David Dinkins, he was the mayor of New York City and I was a 30-year-old photographer sent by the Associated Press to photograph some forgotten event in City Hall in 1989. I looked for the image, but it is long lost. But that first meeting stayed with me for the last 30 years. His charm and warmth toward me was a nice feeling.

EPA begins dredging the Gowanus Canal in November 2020 by the Carroll Street Bridge. ©Mark D Phillips

Oil, Tar and more comes to the Surface

For the second time in 25 years, dredging is underway on Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. Maybe this time it will work. Last time, it was a New York City project, it wasn’t the Environmental Protection Agency doing it under a Superfund cleanup. Of course there was a ceremony for the beginning […]

The former home of Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, the 65,000-square-foot industrial building disappeared without a trace. 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.