Brooklyn's Bay Ridge is one of those mixed New York neighborhoods in which layers of immigrants, from way back Norwegian through lately-come Iraqis overlay each other's food, language, and culture. Religions abound, too. You can buy food from a dozen different countries within a few blocks of home and the languages and dialects multiply, it seems, daily.
Today hundreds of Bay Ridge neighbors came out to march noisily and peacefully in support of the Syrian people who are now subjected to the madness of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Of the people we know there were Syrians, Lebanese, Turkish, and Iraqi marchers.
There were many others out there that we don't know personally but all were together today, after the rain passed, marching along 5th Avenue in a compassionate expression of solidarity for a people under attack by a flailing regime. Young and old together, Christian and Muslim together.