FORT TILDEN, BROOKLYN - ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST BIKED TO URBAN BEACHES IN AMERICA

bike ride to the beach, fort tilden, far rockaway, design squish blog

Fort Tilden beach is located in Fort Tilden Natural Area (Far Rockaway, Long Island) that surrounded by dunes, rosehip bushes, wild grapevines and maritime forest.

“Wide-open and pristine sands, a fresh sea and a rugged beachscape of barnacled bulkheads and sea-softened pilings jutting up out of the sand.  Regulars at Fort Tilden smile to one another as if sharing a great little secret” - New York Times.

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“Fort Tilden State Park feels like the city’s best-kept secret—an unspoiled island oasis, tantalizingly close to Manhattan. Even on a weekend at the height of summer, you’ll get a 50-yard stretch of beach to yourself. On weekdays, it’s practically all yours. On a busy day, you might see several families (mostly Russian) picnicking and grilling.  How can this be? Simple: Fort Tilden is so difficult to access that only the most intrepid Robinson Crusoe types dare venture there” - NYMag.

Note: Unless you own a bike!!!!

Directions: Bedford Avenue bike lane ends in Sheepshead Bay where you have to deal with car traffic until the Marine Park bike path begins.  Over the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and you’re there.

the most biked to beach, design squish blog

It can turn into a fun and sustainable weekend.

biker beach, sustainable weekend, new york city, bike friendly, design squish blog

fort tilden, nyc best beach, sustainable weekend, nyc, brooklyn, design squish blog

fort tilden, the most biked to beach in america, sustainable weekend, nyc, design squish blog

Opportunities to chain up a bike end early but no problem you can always take your bike with you on the shore:

fort tilden, far rockaway,  best urban beach in america, sustainable weekend, nyc, most biked to beach, design squish blog

fort tilden, bike to the beach, sustainable weekend, design squish blog

fort tilden, far rockaway,  best urban beach in america, sustainable weekend, nyc, most biked to beach, design squish blog

The sunset viewgasm from Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge on the way back, makes this a perfect bike ride experience. 

fort tilden, far rockaway,  best urban beach in america, sustainable weekend, nyc, most biked to beach, design squish blog

fort tilden, far rockaway,  best urban beach in america, sustainable weekend, nyc, most biked to beach, design squish blog


August 31, 2010

TOO MANY PILLOWS?

sofa couch made of pillows!, design squish blog

How to make sofa out of pillows?
This cusioned sofa by Christiane Hoegner “uses the smallest element of a sofa - the little pillow on top - as main component.  Usually used to adjust and customize your personal comfort level, it is now multiplied and piled up to the shape of a sofa” - Christiane

sofa pillows, design squish blog

shirt pillow, design squish blog

Dad pillows by Christiane Hoegner made from button up shirts. Great idea for DIY project and a way to reuse old shirts!

Another beautiful pillow inspired sofa and stool:

pillow sofa, design squish blog

Hanabi by MottoWasabi can be freely transformed according to different needs and seating situations and it is also possible to form a sofa by combining several Hanabis together.

pillow sofa,design squish blog

hanabi-pillow-sofa,design squish blog
pillow couch, design squish blog


August 24, 2010

SOFT ACCESSORIES FROM RECLAIMED MATERIALS

Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather

Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather

I am drawn to comfortable, soft accessories from reclaimed materials.
Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather by Wooly Baby as well as this upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat by Betsy & Bess...


upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat


August 16, 2010

JEWELRY FROM UPCYCLED MATERIALS

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design squish blog

design squish blog

 

Materials upcycled:  bike chainlink, broken ceramic plates, hardware washers. 
Found on Etsy.


August 11, 2010

DEREVNYA BOUQET , FROM KONSTANTIN PAUSTOVSKY

wildflower bouquet, russian buket, derevnya, field flowers, design squish blog

“Почти каждый день Феня принорила Петру Ильичу цветы.  Она ходила за цветами в заливные луга и рвала их долго, подбирала все одинаковые: то одну ромашку, то кипрей, то подмаренник.  А когда весна входила в полную силу и всю ночь над лесом не потухала заря, Феня пробиралась в усадьбу к Липецкому и рвала там для Петра Ильича сирень. 

field flowers, bouquet on the windowsill, design squish blog

До чего она была холодная, пахучая, росистая! Прижмешь к лицу пышные ветки  - будто умоешься.  Принесешь цветы, Петр Ильич возьмет за подбородок, поднимет зардевшееся лицо, скажет: “Ех ты, сероглазая!”  - и обязательно чем-нибудь отдарит.  А потом сядет к роялю, заиграет.  сирень вся задрожит, и роса с нее польется прямо на рояль...” - Paustovsky

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August 01, 2010