The Rolling (Landfill) Hills of Southern Brooklyn

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kinloch-d700-06-08-13-file91This weekend I got to wander a Brooklyn landscape that resembled my old Suffolk home more than anywhere else I’ve seen this side of the pond — and it used to be a huge garbage landfill site. Gentle hills, empty trails, butterflies and wild flowers are all part of the newly restored Pen Park, just yards from the Belt Parkway. Thanks to the Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition for setting up the trip, and to NYCDEP for access and the guided walk around the site.

“Where once was visible garbage, native little bluestem and other grasses wave in the winds off the water. Small plantings of cedars, oaks and pine trees are beginning to thrive. Osprey are nesting along the shoreline. Gravel roads circle the shoreline of the landfills and run to their summit, offering extraordinary 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline to the Atlantic Ocean.” From The Regional Plan Association.

The ride down was organized by 5BBC who also recently took us to the bridge that saved a nation.

 

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Red Hook Crit: Racing on the Docks

Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch


Friends at RockStar Games invited me to shoot the Red Hook Crit — a series of bike and running races at the Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

“The Red Hook Criterium is an unsanctioned race series consisting of world class road racers, track specialists, bike messengers, and urban athletes competing over multiple laps around a short, technical circuit. Fixed gear track bikes are mandatory requiring riders to possess both street tuned handling skills and high levels of fitness.”  More here >

Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch