Taken by Will Star.
As the presence of llamas would suggest, today’s U.S.S. Monitor-related merrymaking had more than a few surprises. Excellent speeches were given by all; but I was especially fond of the ones given by our City Councilman, Steve Levin, and our 50th District Democratic State Committeeman Lincoln Restler. The llamas, on the other hand, seemed non-plussed by this, the unanticipated shower at the behest of a FDNY boat and the rifle salute which concluded today’s ceremony. Without further ado here is footage from today’s parade and the following ceremony at the site of the much-anticipated Greenpoint Monitor Museum on Bushwick Inlet.
The Parade Begins!
Parade On Manhattan Avenue
Ceremony, Part I: General Introduction
Ceremony, Part II: Flag Raising
Ceremony, Part III: Steve Levin Speaks
Ceremony, Part IV: Various Speakers
Ceremony, Part V: Lincoln Restler Speaks
Ceremony, Part VI: Lining Up
Ceremony, Part VII: Rifle Salute!
Wrapping things up, here is a slideshow of highlights from today’s proceedings. Enjoy!
I spied this flyer today in front of the Church of the Ascension. If you know to whom this fetching feline belongs please contact his caretakers at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy
Today the U.S.S. Monitor Parade— and Greenpoint in general— got some added excitement in the way of a trio of llamas. Those of you who are wondering (and you know who you are) what these critters have to do with the Civil War, I’ll tell you: nothing whatsoever. Rather, a few of the re-enactors participating in today’s festivities happen to operate a llama rescue organization. They decided to bring a few of their furry pals to join the fun. I suspect I speak for many who witnessed today’s procession that this was an inspired decision.
It should also be noted our City Councilman, Steve Levin, demonstrated his Garden Spot street cred by taking it all in stride. Hey, anything can happen in Greenpoint!
You can view all the above photographs in larger format by clicking here. Otherwise I filmed the parade and the following proceedings. These I will share as they upload— so check back!
A person we’ll call “M” writes:
My apologies for the poor quality, but I saw this little guy wandering around in front of my place on Noble Street. Don’t know much about birds, but he doesn’t look like a local. Just thought I’d share.
Love the blog, keep up the great work!
Thanks for the kind words, M! As it would happen a very good Samaritan and animal lover rescued an injured partridge (which is what this fellow appears to be) one block away on Oak Street recently.
This handsome chap (?) has been entrusted to the care of Empty Cages Collective and from I have been told is recovering nicely! Here’s their take on what happened:
Phoenix is a chuckar partridge who was in all likelihood a refugee from a local slaughterhouse in Brooklyn, NY! Tonight (Tuesday, January 24, 2012) Empty Cages Collective (www.emptycagescollective.org) received a call from a kind woman who found Phoenix dodging stray cats and humans after getting away from a bad situation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Empty Cages Collective took the curious and brave partridge into our protective custody. He will go to see our avian veterinarian tomorrow for an exam and some bloodwork and we will seek placement for him at a sanctuary. We wish all birds like Phoenix were able to escape their slaughterers grasp! Help all of animal kind gain respect and freedom: don’t eat them! Please, live vegan.
Those of you who wish to make a donation to Empty Cages Collective so they can continue helping our furry and feathered friends can do so by clicking here. And it goes with saying if you see animals— be they of the four-legged or winged variety— who are clearly in distress say something to Empty Cages!
Filed under: 11206, 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn
Taken by R & D Photography.
Taken January 28, 2012.
Taken by Luna Park.
Taken January 27, 2012.
While perhaps not a rainbow (which is what I hoped for), this lovely capture of yesterday’s cloud cover by Lumin8tion makes all the rain worth it!