650 Broadway

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So I was taking a cab down Broadway and I realized something as I was people watching: people never actually look up at buildings in these heavily commercialized areas like NoHo or the East Village, they kind of just look at the store front and either go in and take part in New York City capitalist culture, or they keep looking at other stores and stroll along. In witnessing this, I realized that I’m also guilty of ignoring the architecture above stores like All Saints, Madewell and Urban Outfitters.

Thankfully, my view from the cab was perfect for looking up at buildings without breaking my neck. This one in particular captured my eye, 650 Broadway.

The tacky and dirty Wendy’s awning is such an eye sore and so intentionally disruptive to draw in customers that it is nearly impossible to appreciate the unfinished Corinthian capitals along with the rustic facade above the establishment with large window panels and curved arches. Its a shame to know that these Gothic features and wonderful vertical aesthetic go unnoticed day-to-day at no fault of our own, falling victim to capitalism and consumerist culture.

Sunset Park

This Friday I will be presenting on the history of Sunset Park.

Here we have the famous view at the top of the park, the highest geographic point in Brooklyn:

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The town consists mostly of brownstones like the ones photographed here, (the beautiful St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in the background, a staple in the landscape of Sunset Park.)

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Sunset Park’s “main street” 5th Avenue, stretching from 39th st to 60th st (this image was probably taken in the early morning, normally a very busy area)

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The Factory District in 2nd Avenue, or as it’s known now, “Industry City.”

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