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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Playing Ball in the Public Courts

Handball, Brooklyn
Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A whiff of warmer weather on Saturday brought many people outside.

The public courts in Brooklyn were swarming with people playing handball and hoops. Nearby, the dog run was filled with dogs of different sizes, and the playground was humming with children.

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City life means sharing public spaces with others. Private yards are a luxury here.

I've known a couple people lucky enough to live in garden apartments - the ground floor apartment facing the back, in smaller buildings. They were able to grow vegetables and host parties. The downside to these apartments is the safety hazard; they're not the best choice if you live alone and you have jumpy nerves.

Larger buildings often make the outdoors available to all their tenants. Some newer buildings also have landscaped rooftops and exercise rooms.

Related posts: More on Sport, The Latest Urban Adventure and No Hair at the West 4th Courts.

6 comments:

bARE-eYED sUN said...

good shot. b&w was good choice.

btw, we absolutely love your Loisaida pic from the 13th. jez keep'em comin'. :-)


thanx for sharing,

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.ero

roentarre said...

This is very cheeky to capture in deed

Donna j. Gehl said...

Great view.. and a nice sign of spring to see people doing things outside!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Must be fabulous having NYC for your city!

Ming the Merciless said...

That's a classic NY scene. As a kid growing up in Asia, I remember watching movies set in NYC and was always puzzled by the fences around the parks.

Now that I live here, I understand why. :-)

Lily Hydrangea said...

I've always dreamed of the perfect city apartment with a private garden.
The closest I got was when I lived in Gramercy Park for two years & had access to their garden. It was beautiful, but we couldn't host parties there!
Nice shot Kitty!