Posts Tagged ‘smokestack’

the view

New York is a very hazy city, so it’s a rare day when you can see far in the distance. This pic was taken from the Smith and 9th Street elevated platform. I’ve started thinking of the Gowanus Canal as “the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River,” not for any connection to the real river in Africa or fictional reference, but for its color and mysterious attributes and contents.

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It’s funny, the things people get sentimental about. There used to be five Con Ed smokestacks in Vinegar Hill; now there are two (I think). They look okay from a distance – not totally unphotogenic, but not necessarily lovable. Vinegar Hill is a small area wedged between the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Corcoran Realty and others are trying to extend DUMBO’s development a few blocks north, so it’s all symbolic:  keep the industrial past and there will be fewer condos, more old-time neighborhood flavor.

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