(The “Vagina Tree”)
My apologies for the radio silence, but these past 2 weeks have been filled with weddings, breaking a Guinness Book record, experiencing earthquakes for the first time, and of course, overly preparing for Hurricane Irene out here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – which also happens to be located in Evacuation Zones A and B. I didn’t evacuate, but I did follow the advice of Blooomberg and filled up my bathtub, taped the windows, and, like every other New Yorker, stocked up on tons of booze and snacks. Luckily, everything went very smoothly out here and it almost felt as if NYC got a free pass to camp out in living rooms and watch chick flicks (our so I did!). The hardest part seemed to be trying to avoid the scary news channels, which were so addictive to watch, but made me feel crazy and paranoid after a while. After the “eye” of the storm passed (i.e. 11am), we went for a walk to survey the damage along West End Street and down Kent Avenue towards the East River Park. Besides some flooded apartments and clogged sewers, I’d say the broken trees were the highlight of our quasi-adventure. Speaking of trees, Brooklyn lost a good one today due to Irene, one in particular who has been a Williamsburg landmark for as long as I can remember, situated in McCarren park and best known as “The Vagina Tree”. It was most commonly used as a meeting point and I can remember many sunny days sitting under it drinking “liquid gasoline” (frozen margarita’s) from the Turkey’s Nest. There were quite a few people gathering around it today taking pictures and sharing their favorite vagina tree story, a few even created a candle shrine on it’s freshly cut stump. It will surely be missed. I hope you survived this past week with minimal damage, I’m wishing for a sunny Labor Day weekend where I’ll be sharing good times with my beautiful extended family, living up what will be the last few warm weekends of the season.
With summer nearly over and all of my seasonal vacations taken, I’m trying to still find fun things to do before it gets cold and snowy again. Summer Screen at McCarren Park is not only free, but has tons of local vendors, such as Mexicule, serving up amazing food and beer for extremely reasonable prices (hello $4 tall cans of Six Point!). If you’re like me and like to pack an old fashion picnic, the security there seems to turn a blind eye to bringing in outside food and beverages (and herbal refreshments). This week they showed Jurassic Park (and tons of people showed up in dinosaur/ranger costumes!) and the next two Wednesdays will be Wayne’s World and Clueless, so pack a bottle and a sandwich, bring a blanket and a friend, dress up if you dare, and please remember to clean up after yourself! Did I mention it’s dog friendly? Pictures of other a favorite things that happened later that night included below.
Friends I see only a few times a year, mostly at Summer Screen
People who know how to have a good time
Dogs that look exactly like my Elvis
Emily and empanadas, mmm
Random group shots with dinosaurs
Thea doesn’t love petting snakes
Friends in love
Friends in love with Marc Jacobs purses
Friends in love with getting their pictures taken
Recently married lovers
Friends in love with with hugs
I’m no saint, that’s for damn sure, however I do believe in not using public space (or even personal) as one giant trash reciprocal. This was a shot taken from the McCarren Summer Screen movie nights in McCarren tennis courts and let’s just say I’m honestly disgusted. Why would you leave ALL of your trash behind?! It amazes me how selfish, thoughtless, ignorant, and/or spoiled New Yorkers can be; I’ve never been to a dirtier city in my life. Sure people come by afterwards to clean it all up, however wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient to just walk over to the garbage can and dispose of your waste? Just a thought.
(Death From Above 1979 @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2011)