It is the 4th of July. The Hayfoot just returned from the store with charcoal for the grill. The potato salad is almost done. I hung the flag.

A few years ago I went to the Queens Museum of Art to see one of the several museum exhibits running concurrently about the legacy of Robert Moses. The exhibits, held in Queens and also at Columbia and the Museum of the City of New York, were offered a necessary corrective to Robert Caro’s valuable but flawed interpretation of the Master Builder. Moses was indeed a bully; he also gave New Yorkers the city that for better and worse–often better–they live in today in the twenty first century. The Queens exhibit focused on several aspects of the Moses legacy, including the swimming pools he designed and had built. The Wall Street Journal has more.

Thinking cool thoughts here in Brooklyn.

Enjoy your 4th.

(image/Swimming in Bed-Stuy, Danny Lyon)