Summer Break, July 2017

Update July 5, 2017:  I have received many positive responses here and by email to the inclusion of the YouTube clip featuring the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Scene from the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever”.  The film was shot entirely on location in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst and other nearby neighborhoods.  It tells the story of a young Italian-American named Tony Manero.  The story is about coming of age and coming to terms with the serious issues of what he wants to do with his life.  Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner, has the ability to both enchant him and bedevil him which makes for a believable and ongoing tug and pull between them.  She is the only one who challenges him to become  more than what he is when they meet, to work on becoming good and having a direction.  Even with her flaws, Stephanie just might be the right woman for Tony.   Below I have included another link to the clip featuring Tony and Stephanie at the disco dance competition.  After the bridge scene, this is my favorite.

Greetings to all our WordPress friends, subscribers, readers , relatives and paesani!  The weather here in Brooklyn, N.Y. is absolutely perfect right now.  Warm, dry, bright and slightly breezy at times with the bluest of skies all day.  It is the perfect time for long walks and being outdoors.

Today I walked along Shore Road all the way up to John Paul Jones Park.  From there I walked down towards the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to take photos.  The bridge was named after the early 16th century Italian explorer, Giuseppe da Verrazano.  He was the first explorer on record to sail into New York Harbor.  The bridge was opened in the early 1960s and was an occasion of great excitement and a mark of progress for residents of Brooklyn, and Staten Island.  Prior to the bridge’s opening, the only way for Brooklynites and Staten Islanders to access each other’s boroughs was by ferry.  The bridge also offers another way to travel to New Jersey via Staten Island.

The Verrazano-Narrows bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.  It is also famous for being featured in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”  Here are some photos from my walk today.


The bike and walking path continues along the Narrows all the way up to the 90s Streets. In the background is Staten Island.


The view in the distance is in the direction of the lower numbered streets where my walk began.



These large ships dwarfed the pleasure boats that zipped past before I could focus to get a good photo.


View of the Brooklyn side and Tower of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.


This close-up of the Staten Island Tower and side of the bridge was only made possible by the use of a 35mm camera.


Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Saturday Night Fever 1977 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge movie scene

Saturday Night Fever – More Than A Woman (Bee Gees)





6 thoughts on “Summer Break, July 2017

  1. I liked the pictures and they reminded me I have not been to NYC in a few years. Will have to do something about that. Now I have to watch Saturday Night Fever.

    • I’m glad the photos brought back good memories. Bay Ridge has a more cosmopolitan feeling now. It is called Bay Root because of the large Middle Eastern population. It is a quiet place except on weekends. Then the name of Bar Ridge is well earned. There are two to three on every block.

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