These are three in a multiethnic series surely meant to drum up future business for the neighborhood — even if the tagline, "It's all under the bridge," suggests that bygones are already bygones. Others in the series include "visit" and "play."
"Socialize" sets the silhouette of a woman against the Mexican bandera; "eat" features a man and the flag of Ecuador. "Drink," awkwardly, depicts the Irish tricolor and a woman who, at least in outline, looks rather frumpy. It so happens, though, that the slogans, the silhouettes, and the national colors can be mixed and matched, as I saw from a number of other banners nearby. My sighting of an Irish lass, coupled with the implicit lure of a Guinness, was only a coincidence.
Kingsbridge Shopping District banners Various locations near Broadway and 231st St., Bronx
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