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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Spray of Summer, in Park Slope, Brooklyn

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

In the summer, there are block parties in Brooklyn.

Signs are posted along the sidewalk the night before, so that people move their cars the next day. Then the street is closed off to traffic and a hydrant opened, to spray water for people to cool off.

People haul their barbecues and picnic tables into street. Someone turns on a boom box. Kids run around with squirt guns.

And there you have it, a block party. You have to get permission with the city, beforehand. Entire families hang out in front of their buildings in lawn chairs and enjoy the summer.

Above, Rupert and a couple of his buddies enjoy the water. A little dog friend was just out of frame to the right. It was very hot and sunny, Saturday.

Little wet dog pointing west
A moment of contemplation. Rupert's little friend faced west, toward the setting sun.

Related posts: Last Bit of Summer, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Through the Haze, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and Summering in the City.

13 comments:

Olivier said...

on imagine la chaleur humide dans NYC et la joie des personnes et des chiens de profiter de cette eau, belle photo vivante

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

what a great shot! looks very cooling with that water spraying all over the place!! :)

matt said...

Cool stuff, good to see the hound Rupert having fun.it's been mild and wet here. (London)UK summer!!

Leif Hagen said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! We should something sorta like that in our neighborhood - Flamingo Fridays! A pink flamingo is placed in the front yard of the hosting neighbor...

Joanne said...

How refreshing! Wonderful:))

biebkriebels said...

A lot of fun for the dogs to cool down in this way.

Jack said...

The light in the top shot is wonderful.

RedPat said...

The dogs look cool! They must have loved it.

Madge said...

Wonderful slice of summer life in the city... it looks refreshing even to me, a Seatteite!

Washington Cesar Takeuchi said...

The first picture is really great!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Rupert looks to had a lot of fun and refreshing!

Andrea said...

I think I would love block parties! I wish we did something similar round here, but we don't and it's such a shame. People tend to shut the door on their neighbours/street in England, south of the Thames they do anyway.

Andrea said...

PS. These photos are so great!