DUMBO Noir

Two views of the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). From my iPhone, using lo-mob.

For those of you from my home town area in Ohio, DUMBO is where the carousel that used to be in Idora Park in Youngstown is now in a warehouse building, painstakingly restored over the years by Jane Walentas, the wife of one of the major developers of the neighborhood. It will be placed in a new building in Brooklyn Bridge Park, potentially this summer. Can’t wait to ride it again.

I was in DUMBO last night to see the re-staged National Theater of Scotland production of Black Watch, about a Scottish regiment — with a centuries-long tradition of fighting, dating back to Robert the Bruce —  that was sent to Iraq to fight with U.S. Marines in Fallujah. An extraordinary piece of theater, with gripping language, song, sound and choreography that keeps up a breathtaking pace and packs an emotional wallop.

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