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When you walk over the Williamsburg Bridge, you find yourself deposited deep in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Williamsburg is an area that conjures up a variety of images in one's head mostly due to the complex issue of its 'hipster' presence over the past decade (I am avoiding this topic entirely as I have recently deconstructed the biases against this amorphous term and plan on writing an entire post about it since where I currently stand on the issue is in a different place than many).

Williamsburg has a rich history reflected in its architecture though which can't be denied. It's a neighborhood full of clashing imagery and clashing cultures (<---this article is eye opening and an utterly fascinating read).

"Many ethnic groups have enclaves within Williamsburg, including Germans, Hasidic Jews, Italians, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. The neighborhood is also a magnet for young people moving to the city. It is also an influential hub for indie rock, hipster culture, and the local art community, all of which are associated with one of its main thoroughfares, Bedford Avenue. The neighborhood is being redefined by a growing population and the rapid development of housing and retail space.

"South Williamsburg" refers to the area which today is occupied mainly by the Yiddish-speaking Hasidim (predominantly those of the Satmar sect) and a considerable Puerto Rican population. North of this area (with Broadway serving as a dividing line) is an area known as "the South Side," occupied by Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. To the north of that is an area known as "the North Side," traditionally Polish and Italian. East Williamsburg is home to many industrial spaces and forms the largely Italian American, African American, and Hispanic area between Williamsburg and Bushwick. South Williamsburg, the South Side, the North Side, Greenpoint and East Williamsburg all form Brooklyn Community Board 1. Its proximity to Manhattan has made it popular with recently arrived residents who are often referred to under the blanket term "hipster". Bedford Avenue and its subway station, as the first stop in the neighborhood on the BMT Canarsie Line (L train), have become synonymous with this new wave of residents.

Williamsburg has become a notable home for live music and an incubator for new bands. Beginning in the late 1980s and through the late 1990s a number of unlicensed performance, theater and music venues operated in abandoned industrial buildings and other spaces in the streets surrounding the Bedford Avenue subway stop.[citation needed] The Bog, Keep Refrigerated, The Lizard's Tail, Quiet Life, Rubulad, Flux Factory, Mighty Robot and others attracted a mix of artists, musicians and urban underground for late night music, dance, and performance events, which were occasionally interrupted and the venues temporarily closed by the fire department. These events eventually diminished in number as the rents rose in the area and regulations were enforced. There are still a number of smaller, fleeting spaces today, including Todd P., Dot Dash, Twisted Ones, and Rubulad. Many legitimate commercial music venues opened in the neighborhood including Pete's Candy Store, Union Pool, Northsix (now Music Hall of Williamsburg), and Galapagos (now Public Assembly). Several Manhattan-based venues also opened locations, including Bowery Presents (who bought Northsix and transformed it to Music Hall of Williamsburg), Luna Lounge, Knitting Factory, and Cake Shop. In the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008, events including concerts, movies, and dance performances were staged at the previously abandoned pool at McCarren Park in Greenpoint.

The neighborhood has also attracted a respectable funk, soul and worldbeat music scene spearheaded by labels such as Daptone and Truth & Soul Records - and fronted by acts such as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Jazz and World Music has found a foothold, with classic jazz full time at restaurant venues like Zebulon and Moto, and - on the more avant / noise side - at spots like the Lucky Cat, B.P.M., Monkeytown, and Eat Records. A Latin Jazz community continues amongst the Caribbean community in Southside and East Williamsburg, centered around the many social clubs in the neighborhood. The neighborhood was also the birthplace of electroclash. Friday and Saturday parties at Club Luxx (now Trash) introduced electronic musicians like W.I.T., A.R.E. Weapons, Fischerspooner, and Scissor Sisters."
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I live literally a block and a half away from the walkway entrance to this particular bridge and it just begs daily to be walked over. On the other side of the bridge is Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The first week after the initial move, I took a walk over the bridge to explore Williamsburg a bit. There are actually three bridges in lower Manhattan that can be walked over; Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is the most iconic of the three and that's a walk I am looking forward to taking a part in sometimes this fall, for sure. The Williamsburg Bridge has a lot of charm though. It's not as well traversed as the Brooklyn Bridge and so as a pedestrian it can sometimes feel as if you are the lone traveler crossing the bridge. The bridge turned 100 years old in 2003.

"Construction on the bridge, the second to cross this river, began in 1896, with Leffert L. Buck as chief engineer, Henry Hornbostel as architect and Holton D. Robinson as assistant engineer, and the bridge opened on December 19, 1903 at a cost of $24,200,000. At the time it was constructed, the Williamsburg Bridge set the record for the longest suspension bridge span on Earth. The record fell in 1924, when the Bear Mountain Bridge was completed.

It is an unconventional structure, as suspension bridges go; though the main span hangs from cables in the usual manner, the side spans leading to the approaches are cantilevered, drawing no support from the cables above. The main span of the bridge is 1,600 feet (490 m) long. The entire bridge is 7,308 feet (2,227 m) long between cable anchor terminals, and the deck is 118 feet (36 m) wide. The height at the center of the bridge is 135 feet (41 m) and each tower is 335 feet (102 m); these measurements taken from the river's surface at high water mark.

This bridge and the Manhattan Bridge are the only suspension bridges in New York City that still carry both automobile and rail traffic. In addition to this two-track rail line, connecting the New York City Subway's BMT Nassau Street Line and BMT Jamaica Line, there were once two sets of trolley tracks." - Source.




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Yesterday, I walked back home from a Union Square school book purchasing excursion through Alphabet City. I wound around Avenues B and C for quite a while. Alphabet City comprises of Avenues A, B, C and D and runs from 14th Street to Houston Street. It was an absolute war zone in the 1980s and its landscape was littered with burned-out buildings, vacant lots filled with garbage, drug dealers and squatters. It wasn't a friendly place by any means. It was home to some of the first graffiti writers, rappers and DJs. It was also one of New York City's most brutally violent neighborhoods.

In 1978, New York City started something called Operation GreenThumb and throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s, this organization cleared out many of the vacant lots throughout Alphabet City and turned them into fully functional Community Gardens. There are now well over 50 Community Gardens on the Lower East Side, most of them in Alphabet City and they are some of the most beautiful, unsung wonders of New York City.


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Rusted brandy in a diamond glass



Moving right along with playing catch-up with this journal and my compulsion to document everything, let's go further downtown this time.

In September of 2009, made a visit to the new High Line park, walked along the Westside Highway and discovered that the Frying Pan was still in use begging to be explored.

The new High Line elevated park is a reuse and transformation of an abandoned industrial structure into a verdant public park 30 feet above the ground. The Frying Pan is a boat that spent 3 years under water, was salvaged and now exists in all its decayed glory off the West Side Highway.

Highlights before I completely cover this post with tons of photos (because really the subject matter was just too juicy):


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Left:On the way to the Highline.Center: Highline. Right:On the Frying Pan.



The day was absolutely stunning. It was a late August day. Hot but with beautiful blue skies lacking the normally oppressive humidity that makes NYC summers so distasteful.

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Big Bang Theory



Have been having a fairly relaxing and fun school break so far. I made the mistake (or maybe not) of going through my pictures folder and realized that not only did I slack off in doing what I intended to do with this journal last year but I haphazardly posted some of the photo spreads meant for this journal only to Facebook (for shame!).

I love you LJ. Sorry I neglected you!

In an attempt to right those wrongs, I am going to update this journal with some of those spreads (which go back to late summer of last year) before I get too wound up with this coming semester to have the time or impetus.

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First off, Hayden Planetarium- Rose Center for Earth and Space. Living literally across the park from this gem, it's shameful that it took me 7 years or so to make a real trip to it. I had been to it many times when I was younger but it has since been renovated and redone thanks in large part to it's most awesome director.



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Full of awesome





Twin Musical Tesla Coils Playing The Original Mario Bros. Theme Song


Twin Solid State Musical Tesla coils playing Mario Bros theme song at the 2007 Lightning on the Lawn Teslathon sponsored by DC Cox (Resonance Research Corp) in Baraboo WI. The music that you hear is coming from the sparks that these two identical high power solid state Tesla coils are generating. There are no speakers involved. The Tesla coils stand 7 feet tall and are each capable of putting out over 12 foot of spark. They are spaced about 18 feet apart. The coils are controlled over a fiber optic link by a single laptop computer. Each coil is assigned to a midi channel which it responds to by playing notes that are programed into the computer software.

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You're a creature that breeds it's kind and dies...




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Wieslaw Walkuski

Polish poster art is delectable. Walkuski and Sadowski are my favorites.


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Back to making music again (with S no less! who constantly surprises me).

Sonar Home Studio 4XL has been awesome and I dream frequently about Absynth 4 and Cameleon 5000 which we have been trying out. Mmm, synths and molding sounds. It has been years and it feels so good, sooo good to be back doing this.