The Changing Face Of Brooklyn…

Kentilesign

Sadly old Brooklyn is disappearing. To some it means progress and new beginnings. To those of us who pioneered the place it’s heart wrenching. The above image is a painting I did back in 1998. It was the view from one of my windows. I was living in a loft in Carroll Gardens at the time, about a block from the polluted Gowanus Canal.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/nyregion/kentile-floors-sign-stalwart-remnant-of-a-grittier-brooklyn-is-coming-down.html

The Kentile Floors sign was indeed a huge part of my childhood. I passed it everyday going to school on the F train. I remember when part of the R was out and it read Kentile Floops. Recently the sign was scheduled to be taken down. From what I understand it will be preserved and hopefully kept in Brooklyn but not be reinstalled.

Vladimir_Putin_-_2006

Getting back to yesterdays post, Putin is following in Hitlers footsteps. There is no doubt that this guy is creating a situation where it will be impossible for anyone to exist, let alone Jews and LGBT people. Let’s face it, Russia is a very cold place with very little  given to it’s people. Taking away your basic right to exist just fuel an already impossible situation. I remember years ago when my grandmother was alive we would complain about things that we thought were unfair. Although our complaints were not unfounded her statement was always, until you’ve lived in Russia, don’t complain. Something to be said about that. It’s also interesting that this comes at a time when the right for gay and lesbian people to marry is rapidly gaining ground.

More tomorrow…

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About cherylgross

Illustrator and author of the Z Factor. Professor Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Motion graphic collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: In The Circus Of You, Becoming Judas and The Poster Reads; ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT, travel the video poetry festival circuit. See resume at www.cmgross.com/pages/resume.htm for other accomplishments.
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