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Gowanus-July 5th

My friend Nina was back from Sweden and came with me to take pictures on this beautiful evening. We started on the Hamilton Avenue Bridge.

My real goal was the PathMark below that can be seen from the bridge. The Metropolitan Works manufactured gas plant site was here long before the grocery store. But being on the bridge was too distant to get a good shot other than maybe this one with the razor wire. At some point, I need to get right down in the parking lot.

I love this shot and I can’t say why. Maybe just an attraction to bright shiny objects.

Turning the corner, I realized that one can see the Williamsburg Savings Bank building between Bayside Oil and the 9th Street Bridge.

I love the way the light hits the BQE in the evening. Nina at work really accentuates the enormity of the roadway structure.

We walked up to the Citizens mgp site.

Looking through the fence, the light was lovely hitting the cement factory and the buildings on the other side of the Gowanus.

I loved how the light was hitting both the razor wire and the window detail on the Gowanus Village building. I shot this from a number of angles including from in the middle of the street and none of them capture how lovely this looked in person.

Lastly, we went into the whole foods site. I wanted to retake a shot with the snake graffiti on one side and the building impression on the Brooklyn Improvement headquarters in the background. What a disappointment that the plant had grown so much as to block the view!

Then I discovered the other side which I like too maybe even like better.