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  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:25 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Sheepshead Bay bridge, Thanksgiving, , Transportation in the United States   

    Sandy Aftermath 

    It’s calm. A good time for some meditation.

    The building windows still have the useless tape crosses, some probably still from Irene.

    Tons of sand are removed from the streets

    Beach is where it was not before

    Most of the messed up cars have been towed, but some streets are still full of sand

    Garbage imbedded in fences

    The iconic Shore Hotel sign twisted in the wind

    Nathans is full of water and sand

    Brighton’s old ladies are back on the benches though

    This limo probably spent some time under water

    Dirt marks the high water line

    Brighton beach streets are never particularly tidy, but now businesses have basements full of water

    This cab has seen better days for sure

    The swans are back. I wonder where they went for the storm. The Sheepshead Bay bridge is all jacked up though.

    Getting into Manhattan is a pain in the ass.

    Buses think that they are trains

    Downtown Manhattan is eery – it’s dark and there’s no cell reception. Cops set up flares by the bus route

    Getting back into Brooklyn is even more of a pain. Cops have no idea where the shuttle buses stop saying that they are not MTA, and MTA employees send you in the wrong direction. Streets by the bus routes are lit by road flares. Only the Empire State Building is lit. It’s red – orange – yellow in honor of Thanksgiving.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:29 am on July 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrew Garn, , Brooklyn Heights, , , , , , New York City Transit Museum, , , Second Avenue Subway, , Subway Style, , Transportation in the United States, underground transit network, urban public transportation   

    Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New York City Subway 

    October 2004 marks the 100th anniversary of the largest underground transit network in the world. Love it or hate it, if you’re a New Yorker, you can’t live without it: 3.5 million people ride the rails every day. The subway is as much a symbol of New York City as Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. Commemorating its centennial, this official publication presents an illustrated history of the architecture and design of the entire complex, from the interiors of the trains and the mosaic signage at the stations to the evolution of the token and the intricacy of the intertwined, rainbow-colored lines on the free, foldout map.

    Produced with the New York City Transit Museum, Subway Style documents the aesthetic experience of the system through more than 250 exclusive pictures. The book includes newly commissioned color photographs of historic and contemporary station ornamentation as well as imagery from the Museum’s archives. The images span the full century, from the system’s inception in the early 1900s up to and including architectural renderings for the still-to-be-built Second Avenue line. AUTHOR BIO: The NEW YORK TRANSIT MUSEUM is one of only a handful of museums in the world dedicated to urban public transportation. The Museum’s collections of objects, documents, photographs, films, and historic rolling stock illustrate the story of mass transit’s critical role in the region’s economic and residential development since the beginning of the 20th century. The Transit Museum’s main facility is located in a decommissioned 1936 subway station in Brooklyn Heights, an ideal setting for the Museum’s 20 vintage subway and elevated cars, and wide-ranging educational programs for children and adults. A gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal presents changing exhibits relevant to the millions of commuters who use mass transit every day.

    Photographer Andrew Garn has exhibited his work in galleries around New York City and across the country. His photographs are also held in numerous museum and private collections.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:53 am on April 28, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexander de Seversky, Amelia Earhart, Aviation in New York City, Bennett, , Charles Lindbergh, , , , Greece, Hangar, Howard Huges, , , , satellite map, Transportation in the United States   

    Google Maps Fun II: It’s the Templars! 

    As I mentioned earlier, I spent a summer working in a summer camp at Floyd Bennett Field. The camp organizer rented huge hangars that were used for makeshift basketball and tennis courts. One of the duties that I had there was cleaning bathrooms in the hangars.

    Only many years later did I learn how important and historically interesting Floyd Bennett field was. I distinctly remember cool Art Deco aviation wings on the front of the hangars. And here’s a nice picture of none other than Howard Huges walking in front of it (very likely the very same hangar in which bathroom I was mopping up poo and pee).

    As it turns out Floyd Bennett Field used to be a small, money-loosing airport that had one big draw. It was heavily favored by aviation pioneers as a starting point for world record attempts. It was a starting point for Hughes’s famous around the world in 3 days flight, Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan’s transcontinental “wrong way” flight which is a story in itself and numerous other flights by the likes of Alexander de Seversky, Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. You can find more very cool pictures of the glory years of Floyd Bennett Field here.

    Of course, not being able to compete with JFK and La Guardia, after the war Floyd Bennett Field airstrips and hangars fell into disrepair, and were used for ventures similar to that summer camp.

    Looking at google’s satellite map I found something interesting on the abandoned airfield: two Maltese Cross markings. It’s either Knighs Templar or FDNY. Maltese Cross of FDNY insignia is actually adapted from the one worn by Knights Hospitalers, some of whom served as firefighters in the crusades (Greek fire and stuff). Who knew that one of the corners of FDNY maltese cross symbolizes “Tact” and another “Explicitness”…

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