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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls (sorry Olafur Eliasson, thx TLC)

How could that not be a headline? I ask you.

Well last night was the first night of Olafur Eliason's public art project "NYC Waterfalls" and before you go in search of..., all the while humming 90's R&B, lemme tell you like a good lemming I made the trek out to sea last night and well the Waterfalls are alot less than Waterfall fantastic and a little more more than a big splash.

First of all after seeing them day and night I have to say there's no point to even thinking of them during the day. It makes no sense for them to be on during the day because they are totally upstaged by all the truly magnificent things the city's waterfront has to offer.

For example in daylight there's
Brooklyn Bridge for extra interest try checking out the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, orOutrigger Boating from D.U.M.B.O.

So pretending that the publicity stunt cum art project old occurs from sundown to near midnight is your best bet.
Olafur Eliasson's NYC Waterfalls photo by Gemini-J
At night the cascading water under the brooklyn bridge is very pretty engrossing and a spectral piece of upliftment. With my faithful companion I pushed through the South Street Seaport's masses, (and I've never been big on the Seaport because it's Lame) and when we reached the suggest these as prime vantage points for viewing Olafur Eliason's new public art project of cascading water.

Also I want to be the first to say that the most mindaltering-unbelivably-spookey element experience I had as a result of the "Waterfalls" was standing on the walkway of the brooklyn bridge exact above the waterfall tower and looking through the wooden slates of the walkway down to the falls below. They were illuminated and gave me a sensation of wonder, falling, emerssion and life and death, kid you not. take a look at my pics and try that for your self, IMG_3978.JPG
just don't feel the need to chase after the experience it'll be up til October.

Update: New York Times has a whimsical article about other local waterfalls, natural and otherwise, some how they missed one of my favorites, which is located in Prospect Park near the Empire Boulevard entrance. I'll get over there and snap some shots asap.