8-29-13 A Small Victory – Publishing Edition

On August 5th a new book titled: “Guide To New York City Urban Landscapes” by Robin Lynn and Francis Morrone was published. (Introduction by Pete Hamill) Most of the photography is by an excellent photographer named Edward A. Toran. However on page 137 you will find this image of mine.

Fresh Kills

I am mildly stoked.

8-13-13 Teaser Tuesday

Fresh Kills Kayak -KHA-0052

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Open your current book to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page


Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Here we go:

“Shortly before her death, Mme Ren, of Lyon, had Mme Lefrays arrested.”

“They were brought back to Paris from Le Havre.”

Novels In Three Lines


Félix Fénéon

Translated and with an Introduction by Luc Sante

7-8-12 Kayaking At Fresh Kills

First as a parenthetical note…if you want to read about big kayak adventures go check out Wind Against Current. Johna and Vlad really kayak. Katherine and I just toodle.

Through a bit of luck, I happened to visit the Freshkills Park website practically the moment they posted their free guided kayak tour of a small part of the slowly developing Freshkills Park.  Currently the only way to be in the park is through guided tours (water or walking).  Closed  in 2001, Fresh Kills which is on Staten Island was the world’s largest landfill (aka garbage mound).  When completed in 2040 or later it will be the second largest park in the New York City system (Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is the biggest).

Our Parks Department guides Carrie Grassi and Michael Callery ably assisted by Tina (and another woman whose name I did not catch…oops) from Kayak Staten Island led the tour of 30. There was a 60 person wait list and Carrie told us the tour filled within an hour of being listed.

Later today or tomorrow I will have more pictures, especially of the Osprey, up on Flickr but for now…Come paddle with us.

Carrie gathers the group before starting off

Pilot program to see if goats can help clear out some invasive species…



If you are in the NYC area on July 14th (next Saturday) check out City Of Water Day. Events on both rivers. The main areas will be Liberty State Park and Governor’s island so The Hudson is well represented even before the various activities taking place on and in it.