View from the River and on the Ferry

I was leaving a school in Long Island City, Queens, and took the ferry back to my office in Manhattan. As I got closer to the city I zoomed in a bit on this cool skyscraper by the East River.

And what do you think of this view of the New York skyline?

Fish Tank

231K is co-located in a school in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The security guard sits in front of an enormous fish tank.

Water under the Bridge

On the way home from monitoring the NYS math test at 372K, I crossed over the beautiful, retractable Carroll Street bridge that crosses the Gowanus Canal. I saw a whole section of the ground under water. It is the area where there are pulleys that could, in theory, pull the sections of the bridge to the side should a large barge pass through. This patch of ground to the side of the actual canal is usually NOT underwater.

Carroll Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal

Carroll Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal

It reminded me of the subway tracks that were under water I wrote about in December 2010 (see “Water under the G” below).

Fish

I was working in a multiple-school building (I think there are four mini-schools in this one building) and I saw into the custodian’s office.

office fish tank

office fish tank

I took a closer look. It is a salt water aquarium with beautiful tropical fish.

tropical fish tank

tropical fish tank

This one was my favorite.

favorite fish

favorite fish

Water Under the G

I took the G train to 373K today. Down on the tracks, running between the rails as it has done for at least a year, possibly forever, is a little river of water. It is surreal. I have spoken to the token clerk about this and he had no idea when the rupture/leak/water main break — or whatever is causing this ongoing stream — is going to be repaired. Think of the scene in the Japanese movie Sprited Away, when the train tracks are underwater…that is what it reminds me of.

Water on Tracks (scene from "Spirited Away")

Water on Tracks (scene from "Spirited Away")

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