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fairest of the seasons

photo by Geralyn Shukwit

An update is well overdue seeing as how it is now mid-December. A lot has happened since the last update. When I returned from Europe in May, I became partner in the company where I've been working for the last six years. It's called Coeur Noir Specialty Printers, and aside from putting money in my bank account at the cost of keeping me from writing full time, we produce high quality work for the likes of the fashion industry and art world, corporate clients, small businesses, and a fair share of weddings and other private events. We specialize in letterpress, foil stamping, spot-color offset, emboss/deboss, and spot-color edging. It's a small operation, but we produce a lot of work out of the shop. The neighborhood has changed so much, and so quickly, in Williamsburg, where Coeur Noir has been for over 10 years: the condos and towers, the crowds and influx of new money, curious tourists, and music events and other trendy happenings. It's the shimmering, physical reality of an Apple commercial. The grittiness that Robert Anasi wrote about in his memoir of Williamsburg, The Last Bohemia, is long gone, and Starbucks and Apple are moving in.

I wrote about the changing waterfront in North Brooklyn for the blog I run for the Brooklyn Urban Anglers, the group with whom I organize a yearly East River fishing derby. Williamsburg is already spoken for, and Greenpoint, just to the north, is next for development. Massive warehouses and lots have been sitting empty or underused for years, just waiting for the time to sell. And when it happens, which will be soon, it's going to happen in a flash. There's local, grassroots resistance, but it just seems inevitable that money will win out, and the quiet neighborhood will be in the shadow of a couple of giant, gleaming towers along the waterfront. This series of posts was my chance to reminisce about one of my favorite fishing spots in Brooklyn, one of the last of the secrets of this part of the river: an old, dilapidated death trap of a shipping pier at the end of Green Street. Getting in and out was an adventure on its own, but I've also caught hundreds of fish in this spot, all in the silent glow of such a unique view of Midtown Manhattan. The above photo was taken at the end of the pier looking back in toward shore. I think that's my silhouette. I'll miss the solitude of decay, as Geralyn Shukwit said in the first issue of Fish Bum, but ephemerality is what makes things like this so special.

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