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Vodou ceremony in East Flatbush apartment. People were wearing green in honor of Damballa that can also be represented by St. Patrick or Moses. The space was too small for live drummers. Many young kids that were born in the USA. The only time I could use available lights was when candles were lit
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I just stopped a few hours and one night as a layover on my way to Jacmel to Santo Domingo. The Caribe Tour bus was comfortable, clean and food and drinks were available.
I took a tap tap "bus" to Delmas 33 - where I spent a night in a private home . The electricity was off for a few hours. I had been told in Port au Prince they have power for about 16 hours daily. seemed inconvenient but nothing compared to the situation I would face in Jacmel the following days.
People like to hang out on the rooftops at sunset and watch the sky at dusk. below the hill there is what they call the "bidonville" that can be translated into "trashtown".
The next day I walked down the street. I took photos of an upper class mom with her 2 daughters walking home from the baptist church.
There was a barber shop with a photo studio in the back. The photographer hand painted different backgrounds and used an old manual camera - I think could have been a Pentax K1000 or a Ricoh.
The camera had some problems and it was hard to have parts to get it fixed -
I thought a such an old manual SLR camera would be worth nothing in the USA but provided a mean of support to this guy.
There are a lot of kids with buckets that go to public fountains to get water. Very few households have plumbing. some have their own well and you can get water whenever you want, but for many a private well is a luxury.
2 locals showed me the view from a rooftop. They were really concerned about the illiteracy of the kids that lived in the bidonville. Elementary schools in Haiti are not free and some people have to choose between giving their kids food or education.
There are some volunteer programs to teach learn and write but it is never enough.
I went to the bus station to get the Tap Tap to Jacmel about 3 hours away.
An old school bus was not to full and i sat in the back.
It was about 1 PM and had to wait 45 minutes in it until it was filled to capacity.
I could buy some soda from vendors from the window -
it was hot under the midday sun.
When I came back from Jacmel, less than 2 weeks later it was almost 6 am.
after a 2 hour trip in a shared minivan.
I had 2 hours to kill waiting for the daily bus to Santo Domingo that I could not miss.
I asked 2 local kids to take me to the market -
wanted to buy a traditional straw hat.
we walked 20 minutes the busy streets. Got some street coffee and found a market that was already open.
They seemed to have a lot more stuff than in Jacmel.
Got what I wanted. Just wished I had more time to look around - explore more.
But I had to run back get on the comfortable bus.
Passed by what looked like an army fort or some outpost. It was the US embassy.
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a suspect in the killing of a ecuadorenean immigrant has been arrested. press conference in bushwick on the crime scene location. the family and authorities.
The victim died by injuries provoked by a beating with a baseball bat and beer bottles.Location: Bushwick avenue and Kossuth place, brooklyn ny
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67 pct. east flatbush - lots of guns in the streets and club shootings. one female officer received an award. earlier in the month 2 teens held up a laundromat at gun point - she arrested them without shooting nor drawing her fire arm. Someone got shot 8 times outside a club after a fight. the captain talked about the drug dealing that happens in clubs. he did not want to name the clubs in question but with a grin he gave out the location's intersection. He said that the club smelled like you were in kingston. everyone laughed and he said "hey! i can't wait to retire and move to kingston jamaica! but here it is not legal" A kid on his way to school found a wallet with 500 dollar cash in it. he called his mom and gave it to the NYPD. he received an award and a cash prize. Senior auxiliary cop was wearing old style jacket. different fabric and more fitted than the current uniforms. more photos from ElCaribe in Mills basin. Police commissioner Kelly gave awards.
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On the day i felt was the windiest and coldest of this winter I went to
shoot a boat salvaging operation in Sheepshead Bay.
It was too cold for the divers to go underwater as some of their equipment could freeze. So instead of lifting a wreck an old abandoned boat was
towed to Jamaica Bay. There it would be taken apart as part of a program to keep the
bay clean from the pollution created by such wrecks.
People that could afford keeping and maintaining boats would just abandon them in the Bay facing no consequences nor fines
Fuel and hazardous materials would leak in the Federal park waterways.
William Dunphy is a 55 year old retired NY Fireman. He retired aster September 11 2001.
He says he knows all the waterways between Jamaica Bay and Montauk.
He told me He'd take me fishing sometimes.
It was about 18°F | -8°C without considering the 30 MPH | 48 km/h wind
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Virgin of Guadalupe
people spent the night in the church crowded over capacity
it was so rainy and humid that was hard to keep the lens clear
wish i was less busy and had more time -
did it in a rush
ate 3 tamales and had chocolate with corn
been swamped had to run to something from something