Beyond Brooklyn

Performing in the Age of COVID​

In the 18 weeks since we started this new reality, I have missed live music almost more than sports. When I heard that my friend Frank Manzi was going to play outdoors in the Berkshires, I decided to take a ride to see if it was going to work. And I can emphatically say that yes it did.

New Britain Bees Manager Ray Guarino wears a mask as a player stands behind in the dugout with the whole first row over the dugout empty during their FCBL game with the Nashua Silver Knights. ©Mark D Phillips

This is sports in the age of COVID-19

As football and hockey teams prepare for a fanless experience, in New England, something approaching a return to normalcy — socially distanced and face-mask-wearing normalcy, naturally — is happening. Since June 2, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, now in its 10th season, has been holding games, with a reduced number of fans in the seats, in six venues from New Britain, Connecticut to Nashua, New Hampshire.

As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes.

A decade of the Sun

As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT May 27, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida

NASA returns to Manned Launches

The launch on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 4:32pm, marks NASA’s first manned mission from the Space Coast of Florida since the Space Shuttle Atlantis returned to earth on August 31, 2011.

7 ruined castles across Europe, reconstructed by Budget Direct

Bringing Back the Past

What a great story in today’s New York Post showing how time has created fascinating ruins that today’s technology can bring back to life.

After a record-setting 328-day stay on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth.

Christina Koch returns to Earth

After a record-setting 328-day stay on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Christina Koch left the station via space capsule, made it through the fiery reentry through Earth’s atmosphere, and landed on a bed of snow in the frigid Kazakhstani desert.

Frank Manzi's Magical Mystery Tour at Wayne & Tonja Smith's Magical Backyard Forest in Morganton, NC. ©Mark D Phillips

Frank Manzi’s Magical Mystery Tour

Frank Manzi brought his music to the backyards and kitchens of his fans with concerts along the east coast in unique settings like Wayne and Tonja’s magic forest, their backyard piece of heaven. “Just to hear You Breathe” was breathtaking in the foothills of the Appalaichian Mountains along Moss Creek in Morganton, North Carolina

50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon.

The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

We celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969. True heroes to the entire world. And check out the celebration in Washington projecting Apollo 11 on all four sides of the Washington Monument in actual size. It’s spectacular.

The best players in college baseball hone their skills during the summer months in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL).

The Boys of Summer come to New England

The best players in college baseball hone their skills during the summer months in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). The Worcester Bravehearts (Massachusetts) brought Vandy Boys to New England leading up to their emotional National Championship. Take a road trip to see baseball in its purest form.

75-years of D-Day History

It’s been 75-years since the skies were filled with C-47s on their way to France to begin the D-Day invasion. Today, I went to the home base of the D-Day Squadron at Waterbury-Oxford Airport to meet Dave Hamilton, one of twenty C47 Pathfinder Pilots who left England at ten minutes after midnight, flying plane #14, leading the way to Normandy, dropping paratroopers the night before the invasion.