Brooklyn Runner

New Paint on the Bridge
April 21, 2008, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Running Routes, The City

The folks up on the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend were laying down fresh paint on the walk-way separating the pedestrian and bicycle lanes. A badly needed improvement, but unfortunately it’s still way too common for pedestrians (read: tourists) to be blocking up the entire pathway. Whatever good will I had harbored toward these crowds in earlier days of running across the bridge have completely evaporated!

Alas, I’m determined only to run across the bridge only before 8 am, pre-crowds. Call me a jaded New Yorker… I love running over the bridge, but dealing with all the jostling just does not make for a good run.

April 8, 2008, 12:26 pm
Filed under: Contemplating, Seasons

It is that wonderful time of the year when you never know what the weather is going to be like, even when you watch the forecast. The weather predicters have been wrong on more than one occasion this year — but there is something nice about a surprisingly beautiful day when you were expecting cold and rain.

Saturday was one of those days. Managed to get in a good run over the bridge and up the East River in the golden rays of the afternoon, and what a treat it was. It’s still cold out this week, and windy (oh my, I could do without that wind!) but it feels more bearable somehow. Like a cold that nips you but doesn’t quite have the chill of January or the bite of February, when you know there are two solid months of winter yet ahead. The April cold is like snow that falls on budding tulips. The ground is softening. The daffodils are blooming. The breeze is starting to smell like perfume. And there are colors appearing everywhere.

My only wish is that it would be a full fledged spring. Mild but not hot. Cool but not frosty. Let’s have something more temperate between the dead of winter and heat of summer. Every year, these months go by too fast, but recently it seems the mildness that we know to be spring has been virtually erased.

By global warming?