p s e u d o r e a l

Better Than Real Because It's Not.

Sunday June 30th 2013, 11:56 pm
Filed under: General

(Jun 19) Roosevelt Island is about to get a large dose of change. It’s going to be change they won’t like one bit. It’s inevitable though. Underscoring this, it’s a Bruce Ratner project now, who will co-own the buildings, which come with free land, courtesy of the city. I can’t help but think the city is poor at selling itself to have to give so much away to those who will directly profit from this initiative. The idea that anyone has gotten a piece of Roosevelt Island free just seems scandalous.

the one and only subway stop
Arrival. Deep underground.

hello, manhattan
It is a beautiful place, with a view of the east side.

currently in working order
Aside from the subway, and a bridge to Astoria, the tram is the only other way on and off the island.

goldwater hospital
And then on the other side of the tram bridge… you’re there already.

catch it before it's gone forever
Now you see it… soon you won’t.

chrysler building
A familiar sight

renwick smallpox hospital
The old, and falling down

chisel me here
The new and unfinished

cause of the biggest traffic jams in manhattan
The UN-United Nations

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Monday October 08th 2012, 11:59 pm
Filed under: General

(Jul 26) I’ve been coming to this neighborhood for 13 years. At some point a patch of land indistinguishable from an abandoned dump turned into a park. It seemed to spring into being suddenly, though it must have been going on behind the fence for quite a while.

proud to be part of the problem
But first… The Asshole of the Day

The Diallo Mural has been brutally vandalized, undoubtedly by the landlord
More shhamefully, the city just re-armed one of the perpetrators.

bronx river
There it is

or, we painted some of the junk because it's cheaper than removing it
Concrete Plant Park

very trainy
Surrounded by multiple railroads on two sides

and the water, pretty disgusting
It’s pretty

they're probably mutants
At least the water doesn’t seem to be killing the birds

but it's a bunch of crap they couldn't be bothered to remove, nevertheless
It has artistic value

industrial art
But it detracts from the park overall, which needs every inch of usable space it can get.

i hope there's a cure
Catching something

what lives in it is too tough to die
The river of scary water

bet the city spends a fortune 'maintaining' it
Looking back at the wasted space

sadly the united states has no high speed trains
“High” speed trains.

elevated ones especially
There’s plenty of trains here though.

and by greenway we don't mean unidentified mold
It’s part of the “Bronx River Greenway”

the signs
And then it was done

back to penn station
So I left

Friday August 17th 2012, 6:39 am
Filed under: General

(Apr 7) Went to visit my mother.

now in hadley
My mother’s new home

trees in the middle of trees
There’s a park across the street

but of course i did
Beyond the park, a trail. I’m probably not supposed to follow it.

a bit of something
The journey ended badly for a traveler before me

the hudson is everywhere
Then I ran into the Hudson

but hardly clean
It’s cleaner than the Gowanus Canal, at least.

moving power
There were a lot of these “utility pole trees”.

my great grandparents
My mother has some photos of long ago

it was the fourth of july
I was about 11 years old at the time.

Saturday July 21st 2012, 1:24 pm
Filed under: General

(Feb 21) Last time I was in Pennsylvania, it was to see Pete’s grandmother. This time, it was to pick up inventory for Pete’s store. Although it superficially appears to be farmland, in fact Pennsylvania was created by British King Charles II, who named it for Admiral Penn and and the ancient Japanese word for consumer electronics, leading Penn’s son William to open the world’s largest, and only factory direct Sylvania electronics superstore in the colonies.

arches aplenty
We’re not in New York anymore

offer may be withdrawn without notice
We’re in the land of free air

moo cows
And farms

moo cows
And cows

did i mention farms?
And silos

future hamburgers of america
And more cows

free power
And Windmills

lots and lots of road
And more road

river was never far
And lots of river

they'd kill for this water further west
It’s pretty scenery

and our day is not yet done
Being February, it still gets dark early

three mile island
America’s Favorite Nuclear Accident Site

sun setting
Twilight approached

the farmer thought I was a strange city person
We visited a few more farms before heading out

ice cream, iced tea, and gasoline
Turkey Hill is serious business

If you feel enlightened by my story of William Penn, I have a bridge for sale. Slightly used.

Friday September 04th 2009, 1:48 am
Filed under: General

(August 14) A couple of weeks ago, I’d figured to save time by walking to my customer one stop away on the local 6 train from the express 6 I’d gotten off of at Hunt’s Point Ave. It turned out to be a terrible mistake from that perspective, but I decided to go back with my camera, which I strangely hadn’t brought with me on the previous occasion.

You can see the footbridge, which turned out to be the focus of the traveling I needed to do.

the obelisk
No, the obelisk isn’t peeing, it’s a fountain.

right side of the bronx river
Walking back toward the footbridge, I passed over the Bronx River on another bridge.

left side of the bronx river
There’s several views here I don’t get from where I usually cross this river.

bronx river bank
You can see the sky reflecting off the water.

in the bronx it's a skewl of fish
Down in the water, there were thousands of fish.

This was the small blob.

huge blob o'fish
That’s not an oil slick, that’s a lot of fish down there.

rail spur
Still in use from the looks of it.

grate not so great
This one is a serious view-buster

make a note of the many-colored building
Wherever there’s train tracks, there will be tagging, which pre-dates the Intertubes.

someone's rails to somewhere
Viza informs me these are Amtrak’s tracks.