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I wanted to use this as a Morning Mug, but I suppose it works as a puzzle too, which is how the photographer actually intended the image to be used in the first place.

As Anne Frank aptly wrote, “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”

And, less depressingly, from the photographer himself:

This is a tree, cut down to the stump, bursting back to life. As Jeff Goldblum put it, “Life will, uh, uh, find a way.”

Photo by Lenny Markh.

Those were the words of the photographer in an email to Sheepshead Bites, although it is difficult for me to think of anything that swims in its own poop as royalty. It is certainly the official bird of Sheepshead Bay. We love our swannies.

Photo by Dennis Beatley

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send them to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Morning Mug: Toothpicks


The Cyclone looks like a whole bunch of toothpicks here. My advancing years and weakening constitution tell me I am a little bit coocoo for having gone on this rickety beast as many times as I have (somewhere in the area of 30). I love the drops, but I cannot deal with those sharp turns anymore. Perhaps it’s time to give the Thunderbolt a try.

Photo by Mary Bakija

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send them to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

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Twitter user @RealTimeWWI alerted us to the photo above this morning, showing the “Start of women’s race” here in Sheepshead Bay exactly one hundred years ago today.

The photo itself comes from the Library of Congress Bain Collection, an enormous set of photographs from “one of America’s earliest news picture agencies.” Although it was a global agency, they emphasized capturing life in New York City from the 1860s to 1930s.

The collection has a number of other photos from the event, like this one, showing the crowd greeting the winner:

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Unfortunately, we couldn’t dig up much about the Sheepshead Bay women’s race, so we can’t identify the winner or give much context. But this abstract from a New York Times report on it gives some detail:

Forty girl swimmers competed for aquatic honors yesterday afternon at Thall’s Pier, Sheepshead Bay, in a special carnival under the auspices of the Women’s National Life Saving Society. Close finishes featured a majority of the events, and unusually skilful work was shown in the fancy diving contest, the feature event of the programme.

We’ll have to do more digging into Thall’s in the future, but for now Brooklyn Eagle gives us this nugget:

Even Sheepshead Bay had a beach in the 19th century before it was dredged for yachts. Thall’s Bathing Pavilion on the west side of the bay provided a private pool and diving platform for swimmers. On the shore stood Dominick’s Hotel for longer staying guests.

That’s probably the structure in the background of the photo above.

The most information regarding the actual contestants comes from the data for the photo below, of Mrs. Lillian Howard, who appears to be one of the organizers of the event:

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Here’s what the collection’s notes had to say about her: “Photograph shows Mrs. Lillian Howard, an officer in the Women’s National Life Saving Society/League from 1913-1914 at a women’s swimming contest at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York City, July 16, 1914. “

She’s in this shot, too:

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Anybody recognize the names? I’m sure there are some descendants of these folks living in Sheepshead Bay, and we’d love to know more.

Here are some more names for you:

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Can we presume these three were the winners?

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Action shot!

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So peaceful, so serene, and then, oh yeah, there’s that thing that passes for the Sun that looks like 20 kilotons of TNT going off over yonder.

Photo by George Burshteyn

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send them to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

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Sheepshead Bites reader Tamika J. sent us this photo of a sticker she spotted on a local Q train.

Designed to look like one of the MTA’s official notices making riders aware of the penalties faced for various violations, like assaulting a subway conductor, the sticker tells riders that “Not following your dreams is a felony against the soul punishable by up to 7 years of bad karma.”

Although it’s a pretty uplifting message to a successful bad-ass like yours truly, it probably makes most of you shlubs commuting to the job you hate a little more depressed than taking the subway normally would. And, at that, I laugh.

Wait, that’s probably bad karma, too. Damnit.

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Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send them to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Morning Mug: Arouse!


Some of the photographer’s notes from the field, which I always enjoy:

I was shooting on the pier when it started to downpour. By the time I got to shelter at the carousel, I was drenched. I waited until the rain let up a bit and as I started to leave I saw the incredible glow of the sunset behind MCU park. The photo does not capture how gorgeous it was.

Photo by Robin Michals

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It looks like the sky, presumably over southern Brooklyn (if not, then you, Madame Photographer, are breaking the rules!), except it also looks like the water. Who’s with me?

Either way, have a great weekend everyone!

Photo by Emilia Amos

From our roving photographer:

Grimaldi’s 1-Mile Swim from Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island to Coney Island Avenue in Brighton Beach.

Lucky catch when I went for my early bike ride on the Boardwalk.

Indeedily doodily!

Photo by Allan Shweky

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