App Assignment: The Sights and Sounds of Summer

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 04:28 PM

Alani Williams, 4, from Midwood having some ice cream at the beach at Coney Island. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The summer has arrived. Our kids have been let out of school. The sun still hangs low in the sky when we leave work. Our heavy sweaters and thick coats have been pushed aside for sleeveless shirts, shorts, and airy dresses. We seek refuge from the heat under the shade of trees in the park, or by the ocean at the beach. The smell of grass permeates the air. The familiar sound of the ice cream truck never seems to be that far away during the day, replaced at night by the songs of crickets.

Summer is all of these things and so much more. We want to know, what sights and sounds mean summer to you? Download the Takeaway iPhone App to send us photographs, video, and audio of the things that signify the summer to you. We'll play the audio on air, and post your videos and photos to our website.

Listener "Adel" shows a summer drive through Northern Michigan with Yemeni music playing: 

 

And check out this piece of video sent from listener Marek Belmas, of fish in the Hudson River!

 

Here's one from our host John Hockenberry, featuring some nice shots of New York Bay from his neighborhood in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 

Lisa Croff
Lisa Croff, of Mich., sends this serene summer photo.
Jennifer Mrozowski

"Summer in Detroit Public Schools means more school! DPS' six-week Summer Academy, which builds upon the District's aggressive 5-year academic plan, begins today. The district has enrolled the highest percentage of students ever to maximize critical learning time -- 36,844 students!" —Jennifer Mrozowski

Listener "Andy" from North Carolina.
"Taken on Fathers Day with my som as we walked through the big cypress Everglades."
John Manrique, from South Fla.

John Manrique sends this photo and comment that makes us jealous: "It's always "summer" in SoFla, but when the sausages & Solo cups come out, it's official."

Donald Schwartz
Lunchtime at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Lisa Croff
Lisa Croff sends this photo of flowers.
Zeno Schaefer
Zeno Schaefer of Oklahoma City sends this photo of a sunset at her local Target.
Donald Schwartz
Donald Schwartz sends this photo of street dancing (capoeira) on Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn.
Donald Schwartz
Donald Schwartz sends this photo of street dancing (capoeira) on Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn.
Toni Tabora-Roberts
"This is my friend's strawberry patch. After I took a photo of this strawberry, I picked it and ate it!"
Lisa Struebing
"What lucky dogs do in the summertime in Michigan."

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