Happy New Year 2016! 2015 BEST of Images

The Best Images on The South Brooklyn Network from 2015

Happy New Year 2016! 2015 BEST of Images

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HAPPY 2016 from The South Brooklyn Network!

2015 was a great year in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge Park keeps growing in more ways than one. We have stayed out of the great Pier House Debate, but have to say we hate how it is blocking the view of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the year of horrid growth along the Brooklyn waterfront and the Pier House wasn't the only culprit. The new DUMBO construction on the north side of the bridge is nearly as bad. But what can you do? It's New York. For every step back, there is a step forward. The new St. Ann's Warehouse preserves the original Tobacco Warehouse, and 2016 will see the opening of the new Empire Stores. They are bright points.

2016 started with a great view of the fireworks from Brooklyn over the Statue of Liberty.

Happy New Year 2016! ©Mark D Phillips


Our top images of 2015 are here for your enjoyment. We hope you will join us in 2016 and enjoy all that South Brooklyn has to offer.



We had the first snow on January 27, 2015, and it was a good one, creating a winter wonderland day. We also saw ice in the harbor. Hard to believe when we are hitting the 70s this December!

Beautiful Snow Morning in Brooklyn
"There is nothing like a three mile walk through Brookyn into Brooklyn Bridge Park on a snow day, and the second day of spring."

New York City saw a ticker tape parade for a women's soccer team! It was a great moment as we celebrated the US Women's Soccer team's victory in the World Cup.

Ticker Tape Parade celebrates US Woman's Soccer
"Lower Manhattan was a party zone today as New York City threw a party for our World Cup Champions."

And we saw someone with more public relations goals than sense taking a swim in the Gowanus Canal. Christopher Swain took a dip in the Superfund quagmire for Earth Day 2015.

Stupid is as Stupid does -- Chris Swain swims the Gowanus
"Earth Day brings out some of the stupidest ideas, and an an environmental activist took it to a new level by swimming in the disgustingly toxic Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn."

Our favorite circus performer, Bello Nock, crossed paths with us twice this year and generated two of our favorite pictures this year.

Bello brought his immense talent as a highwire walker to South Street Seaport, setting up a wire for the 100th episode of truTV's Impractical Jokers:

"When truTV's Impractical Jokers  foursome – Joe, Sal, Q and Murr – announced via social media that in celebration of their 100th episode that they will take on their most challenging dare yet, an epic high-wire walk five stories in the air above New York City during the show's first ever live punishment extravaganza, who do you think thay called to put it on? None other than the "World's Greatest Dare Devil" Bello Nock."

And we caught up with Bello during his annual performance at the Shriner's Circus in Springfield, MA, where we got to witness the Bello's daughter Annaliese bring the eighth generation of his family into the circus elite!

Bello Nock charms Springfield
"My favorite clown, Bello Nock, charmed the crowds in Springfield, MA, at the MELHA Shrine Circus. His performance was enchanting and entertaining."

The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Matsuri, still brings out the most intense beauty in Brooklyn. The performances were dynamic and the blossoms were spectacular.

Sakura Matsuri: The Cherry Blossoms of Brooklyn!
"Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri—popularly considered New York City’s rite of spring and the largest annual event in a U.S. public garden—returns for its 34th year on April 25 and 26, 2015."

The Queen Mary 2 gave us our favorite picture of the yeat as a rainbow seeemed to protect the ship as it arrived in New York City to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Cunard Line. On July 4, 1840, Cunard Cruise Line's first ship, Britannia, left England for the company's first transatlantic journey.

Queen Mary 2 celebrates 175 Anniversary in New York
"QM2 surrounded by a rainbow and spray from the John J. Harvey fireboat for the arrival of the ship in New York Harbor celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Cunard Line's first trans Atlantic crossing."

Brooklyn Bridge Park was once again the home of Photoville 2015, our favorite photography show ever.

PHOTOVILLE 2015 is a winner!
"The images in Eugene Richards' exhibit tell a story. They are moving, heart-rending, and an example of the power of documentary photography. The unique metal prints, with a line of copy on each, bring the Mississippi Delta alive in detail that showcase the extreme talent of Richards to connect with his subjects. Each image is stronger then the one before, bringing the heart break and challenges of life to a new generation of photo enthusiasts on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Award-winning actor John Turturro received The DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence during the Green-Wood Historic Fund Gala in September 2015. Dean Meminger, David Dinkins, Cheryl Wills, Michelle Yu, Susan Lucci and Tim Morehouse came together at Sportsball 2015, the gala fundraiser for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

Green-Wood Historic Fund Gala features the reinvention of a cemetery
As Green-Wood reinvents itself from its primary service as a cemetery, last night's Green-Wood Historic Fund Gala brought out just how much the location has evolved.

A dogwalker braves Henry Street during the first snow of the year in Brooklyn Heights on January 27, 2015. ©Mark D Phillips
A dogwalker braves Henry Street during the first snow of the year in Brooklyn Heights on January 27, 2015. ©Mark D Phillips