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Club Chaos Eye Candy: Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn NY


If you ever find yourself on Avenue U and East 33rd Street in Kings County, then you must pull into Marine Park and visit the Salt Marsh Nature Center (SMNC) located at 3302 Avenue U, Brooklyn, New York 11234, (718) 421-2021. I absolutely love this place and the kids are wild about it. Where else can you meet up with the Urban Park Rangers, the History Club, do some sketching in the Zen of Seeing and Drawing program as well as participate in Woodworking Workshops, Birding, Yoga, Pilates, Tap and Line Dancing all under one roof?


What a gorgeous roof it is -- and it hosts so many wonderful community projects! For example, the Salt March Alliance (SMA) routinely invites the public to participate in non-commercial art shows which are exhibited at the SMNC. The SMA may be reached at (917) 841-9283 if you would like more information and are interested in supporting the SMNC by participating in one of their charitable events.

The SMNC is directly across the Avenue from the fields in Marine Park. The cricket games are fascinating to watch and I do enjoy baseball. They hold soccor tournaments as well. I love to turtle run in Marine Park. (Truth be known, I think I love to turtle run anywhere where there is eye candy!)

I like to do my cool down and stretching in the side court by the atrium. Not only are there bathrooms conveniently located here, the entrance to the Salt Marsh Nature Center (SMNC) has some unusual eye candy suspended from the the atrium.

There is a collection of birds overhead floating in flight around the skylights.

This shot is one of my favorites! There are a lot of fascinating exhibits to engage one's imagination here.

Did you know if you strolled through the building to the rear Courtyard you will discover a beautiful place to hang out with spectacular water views?  This is where Lawn Chair Theater is held! Another fav activity! Yay!

On 7/31/08 I am going to accept their invitation to view the Alfred Hitchcock Classic "The Birds." Their movies usually start around 7:30 PM (or when it's dusky enough to see the projection). The little minions are just as excited about their road trip as their Mama and have their Wiggles blanket all packed and ready to go. We shall picnic for dinner tomorrow and do a little gawking because  Assemblyman Alan Maisel is co-sponsoring the event! He is such a treat, we plan to bring extra snack-age to share!

Here is some more eye candy from my Marine Park, Salt Marsh Nature Center turtle run in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. (These are some of the views from the rear Courtyard.) Stay tuned for Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza next. Enjoy!






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Comment balloon 13 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 30 2008 05:55AM


These are beautiful shots C.  I saw The Birds many years ago I hope you enjoy!  Have a great day.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 12 years ago

Good morning Paddy, thank you kindly. Michael and I are always looking to keep the little people busy with something to do. We picked up some tickets for the Bronx Zoo, so I'm debating about taking my camera.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

The Bronx Zoo is always fun.  We went with the kids classes at school during their elementary years. Hope you enjoy. Ohhhhh remind me to tell you about my weird trip to the Bronx zoo in high school when I cut school ( I only cut once I swear) to visit a boyfriend and got horribly lost (us Jersey girls don't know what we are doing sometimes)

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 12 years ago

Haaa! That definitely will be guaranteeing you a phone call for lunch today. I must hear more about this! ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago


If I ever find myself in Flushing, NY I am giving you a call to be my tour guide, You will be my go to person!!

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 12 years ago

Good morning Don, I would love to show you around all five boroughs! There is so much to do, so many places to see -- and the food! Oooo... the food is fabulous! If you come up for a visit, we shall have to do quite a bit of running around with the little minions. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn, anything that is a nature or salt marsh exhibit is highly interesting to me. I would take a tour of this place on a weekend in a heartbeat. Great photos you've got for us as usual.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago

Good morning Gary, thank you kindly. It's a lovely place to spend some time. Another bonus is how close it is to Kings Plaza and a host of other shopping centers, not to mention the marina. :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - terrific shots, you make me want to come up there and visit, keep it up and you might see an old guy in a red shirt (no, not Santa) on your doorstep.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Mike, sounds like fun! We should be passing through your state sometime in Aug. I will definitely give you a buzz while we're on the road. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - looking forward to it

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Once again, C, your photos are stupendous. So where's the blog about the construction zone?

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 12 years ago

Elizabeth, I am posting the pictures in draft mode and will have it up within the hour. It's the longest blog I have ever done, full of eye candy -- 17 to be exact. I keep trying to discard a few shots, but I really like the shots I selected and can't seem to make up my mind about the length of the article. I tried to split the blog into two, but it lacked something intangible, that feeling I get when I know I'm done, so I'm putting it back together again in the original order. I apologize for keeping you guys waiting, but I promise it will be worth the wait. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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