Last week I had a few days off and I decided to check out Sugar Beach. I hadn’t been to that area in ages; when I last visited (possibly to go to a concert at The Guvernment across the street—I saw so many great bands there when I was younger, from Stereolab to Sonic Youth to Björk to Massive Attack), it was a parking lot. And now it is so sweet!
I sat across from the Redpath sugar refinery and watched as a ship called Chestnut unloaded raw sugar. I find it so difficult to sit in sand and not be able to go into the water on a hot, smoggy day (as I have been conditioned since childhood to cool off in the water when on a real beach), but it was a quiet, pleasant spot to read a book in the shade, or look out and watch sailboats skim past. Just an all-around delightful, well-designed public space. Small, but so charming. There are fountains to splash around in, and that day there were no kids taking advantage.
I drove (foolish!) because I was out running errands, but it would be easy to walk from Union subway station or to bike down Jarvis. I took these pictures with my LC-A+ and Kodak Portra film.
In mid-August Sugar Beach will be the site of Sail-In Cinema, free movies presented on a floating screen, and I am really looking forward to it. Last year they showed The Poseidon Adventure, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Hook. I love The Poseidon Adventure so I have my fingers crossed for something of that caliber!