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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Report from the Middle :: Blogger \ Jogger Michael Checks in from Avenue N

Gazing happily down the street that provides a flotilla of traffic for its purpose , this unusual archetype corner clock says to all who pass by, "It's 8:57 and time for your Report from the Middle..."
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maverickmitchell says:
Wow, that is one of the landmarks of my neighborhood memories. I lived on East 8 St between Ave L and M. Thanx =)

If you're in the neighborhood, please snap lotsa photo's of East 8 St bet Ave L and M, 1262 was my address Thanx a bunch... sincerely.
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Tim Faracy of Bklyn says:
This signage and clock were removed recently. The building is being renovated.

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It was a pretty straightforward route, and perhaps best of all (especially given how long it took me to get to the Marine Parkway Bridge for the start of yesterday's run), it both started and finished within a couple of blocks of the subway. I saw the typical Midwood Streetscape, for the most part -- a lot of large, single-family detached houses, some impressive old apartment buildings along parts of Avenue N (like the Versailles, pictured [above]), and the oddly incongruous Locust Avenue, a shorter street at an angle to the rest of the grid that dead-ends at the subway line and appears conspicuously out of place with its grittier and more industrial-looking buildings.

By the way, what's up with the weather? It was 59 when I headed out this morning, and the forecast is for a high in the upper 60s. Upper sixties! And tomorrow's the first day of December! In fact, now that I think about it, I haven't done a run yet this fall where I've worn anything more substantial than just running shorts and a t-shirt (though there were a few mornings when I started with a long-sleeve tee before shedding it after a mile or so and tying it around my waist). I mean, it's not like I'm really eager to run on a windy morning in the teens with snow and ice on the ground, but I wouldn't mind some, you know, seasonable weather. This morning felt a lot more like early September than the week after Thanksgiving.

Finally, I'm leaving early tomorrow morning for Georgia, to attend the memorial service for my sister Tara on Saturday. It'll be a quick trip (I'll be back Sunday night) but obviously, I won't be running again until at least Monday. See you then.

princess kanomanom said...
One of these days (maybe an evening run?) you should end at DiFara's in Midwood and indulge in a slice (better yet, a whole pie) of the best pizza in the world. (Or, well, in Brooklyn.) Beats chocolate any day, I swear it.

2:26 PM

Blabberon said...
Safe travels Gary. I look forward to more travel stories and photos next week.

6:39 PM

Michael said...
It took me a wile to respond, but I had to double check.

My Grandmothers sister (Aunt Tilly, really) lives in that building on Ave "N". The inside is over the top art deco and smells like a combination of pasta, lamb chops and ketchup.

Thanks for the memory

9:29 PM

Gary said...
Michael, it sure is a cool-looking building. And I know I probably shouldn't ask, but is there any specific reason why it smelled like those three things?

2:58 PM

Michael said...
EVERYBODY cooks on Ave N

But it is still 8:57 ... means -- "no time wasted." And it is 8:57 two places on the earth every minute.
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