1977 NYC Blackout

Forty years ago, Newsweek sent me and another photographer, Marty Umans, out to Brooklyn to take photos of the blackout. There were fires everywhere and by the time I got there, most of the looting was over. This building, at the corner of Stone (now Mother Gaston Blvd) and Somers St in Brownsville was in flames. The Google Street View photo from 2014 shows the same intersection.

Brownsville, Brooklyn, Stone St and Somers St, 1977Brownsville, Brooklyn, Stone St and Somers St, 1977

Brownsville, Brooklyn, Mother Gaston Blvd and Somers St, 2014Brownsville, Brooklyn, Mother Gaston Blvd and Somers St, 2014

Abel Pt.5 Fly Fishing Reel

Abel Pt.5 Fly Fishing Reel

Fishing season is starting. I got a good deal on this old Abel Big Game Standard Arbor Pt.5 Fly Fishing Reel at the Oakland Museum of California’s White Elephant Sale.

I’ll probably use it on larger rivers with my 5 and 6 weight rods – it has a more substantial cork drag system and a little more room for backing than my 17 grams lighter Abel TR1. Now all I need to do is find a new reel seat for my Angler’s Roost 5 weight.