Archive for May, 2014

Split’n Lanes & Dodgin’ Gutters!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 18, 2014 by Pat Regan

The motorcycles lined up on either side of the street outside Brooklyn Bowl to salute what I hope will be a continued annual event. Split’n Lanes & Dodgin’ Gutters! That’s the name of the 1st annual classic motorcycle show at Brooklyn Bowl today. Bikes of all kinds paralleled Wythe Street to guide you toward the entrance of the iconic Brooklyn venue.

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With an already outstanding reputation as a state of the art bowling alley, restaurant and concert hall, Brooklyn Bowl hosted a bike show!

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Inside, the concert floor and stage gave home to about 40 or so vintage machines dating back to the 20’s. The bikes were bathed in the dramatic house lighting as a montage of vintage motorcycle movies played to the cool sounds of the DJ throughout the venue.

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There was a pleasant casual atmosphere here on this Sunday afternoon. People were friendly and the bikes were spaced out nicely so you could take a good look at all of them.

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As I was crouching down between an Indian and a Vincent for a detail shot, I heard some rumbling behind me. It was Matt from the NYC Triumph Riders Club who I met while riding down to Maryland last month with a guy named Andrew (another club member) who happens to be a follower of this blog.

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I love the NYC Public School doorknob suicide clutch. I have worked in schools that still have these old knobs on the doors. I want one!

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Some of my best friends are Knuckleheads, but they are not quite as old as this classic ’46.

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It’s time to let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy the show!

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Thank you Brooklyn Bowl for hosting this excellent event

On the way home I thought I’d stop by to see the Kara Walker installation. That line of people continues inside the gate and goes beyond the Domino factory in the background alongside the bike path. I opted to return another day.

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I didn’t ride there, but I returned for the Kara Walker installation the following week. It was awesome so I will include it here anyway.

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I waited in that long line that I opted out of when I first saw it last week. It was well worth the wait. Once inside the old Domino Sugar factory you become entranced not only by Kara Walker’s remarkable sculptures but by the visual impact and sweet smells of the decaying molasses crusted beams and rustic walls holding up the monstrous factory itself. It’s mesmerizing!

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These bigger than life size children are made in molds with the same candy substance that lollipops are made from. The have also been coated in molasses and sugar.

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After spending some time inside you can better appreciate the long line outside. The staff really spaced the incoming traffic well so that there is never overcrowding inside.

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These five foot high laboring children slowly melt in the late Spring heat leaving syrupy puddles about them.

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The giant sphinx made of sugar is awe inspiring. She fills this cavernous candy cathedral with exaggerated features framed within the old support beams of the factory.

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The incoming natural and subtly placed artificial light both illuminate and penetrate these delicately featured characters to numerous reflecting and glowing effects.

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The End.

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Oh wait, a little more sugar before we go.

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Once the Kara Walker show is over the building will be demolished. New housing will be built here adjacent to the future renovated part of the factory you see in the background.

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There are a lot of nice spots for a cocktail or a fine brew throughout the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn as well.

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