You'll get the early word on discoveries that haven't yet appeared on my website. Just today (Monday) I came across the soon-to-open Elmhurst branch of a well-regarded Indonesian restaurant from South Philly. As early as next week I hope to tell you more about the food, but no need to wait for me: Read more about Sky Cafe, spread the word (if you have any dining buddies who might enjoy "western Indonesian delights"), and perhaps pay a call on the restaurant yourself. If you do, tell us more on the EIT Facebook page — and click that "like" button, too. Thanks!
This block-long artwork brightens the southward view of a concrete plant operated by Quadrozzi Enterprises, which helped sponsor the mural, and the elevated station at Smith and 9th. The pineapple has plenty of company, but at least one local edible is missing from the picture: The mulberry, represented by the trees at the far left of the first, wide-angle photo. In early summer, the branches were filled with fat purple berries, though you wouldn't want to make a meal of them. The grayish-blue background, in the final photo, is the water of the Gowanus Canal.
"Pineapple Mural" Ruth Hofheimer (2013), in collaboration with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and some 60 volunteers Huntington St. east of Smith St., Gowanus, Brooklyn
Or, in Spanish "Casa a Salvo de Plomo," the motto on the cap of the worker in the foreground. His hands shield the human figures, and their food, from the threat of lead poisoning, symbolized by the chipping paint that frames the bottom of the mural.
"Lead Safe House" Christopher Cardinale and Youme Landowne, 2004 2183 Amsterdam Ave. (168th-169th Sts.), Manhattan