Friday, September 03, 2010
The cars were moved away. The fire hydrants opened up, creating twin streams of cooling water. I let my cat out to nibble on the grass growing up through the cracked cement in my front yard. Neighbors came out on the street to sweep away the detritus: dead lives, candy wrappers, grocery store flyers. In the end the sky opened up and poured all day -- the first real downpour in weeks and weeks -- so the block party didn't really happen, though you could almost hear the trees on the block sighing with relief. Later there was salsa music and old-school hiphop in the rain. There were laughing kids playing stickball, drenched to the skin. And for a moment, there was tranquil bliss. Welcome to Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
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