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Chicago, city of meat

12/31/03

Cheezborger cheezborger cheezborger, No Pepsi...Coke

Don's Humburgers Grill

Humburgers close-up

After those two I was expecting to see a himblargar stand somewhere, but alas no.

Baby Pork Cookies, $1.50

Demon Dogs - A Hard Habit to Break

Summer specials - buffalo wings, cold pop

You never tasted spicy chicken like that

McDonald's - closed to rebuild
Chicago

 

HAM BONE for SOUP $3.00
Des Plaines, IL

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Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago

12/30/03

Skyscrapers

Person carrying enormous ticket

Sears Tower view

Animal gargoyle

Bridge between buildings

DONT ASK FOR CREDIT

Man looking at picture of Chrysler Building
Chicago

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A very Brooklyn Christmas

12/29/03

After a wonderful Italian Sunday dinner with a wonderful Italian family, we were off to see the Christmas lights in Dyker Heights. 84th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues is famous for particularly outlandish displays, but I actually enjoyed some of the displays that weren't on 84th Street even better.

On 84th Street:
Snowman, Mickey Mouse, etc.

Decorated house

Elmo and child
Why yes, Elmo does have a pitcher of money.

 

Not on 84th Street:
Support Our [Toy] Troops
Support our [Toy] Troops

Stone lion with wreath Grinch

Electric deer with American flag bows

I think there's a house behind all those geegaws, but I'm not certain:
House covered with crap

My friend Tonia said: "Baby Jesus Casserole!"
Baby Jesus casserole

And, saving the best for last:
Tacky house closeup

Tacky house
Note the electric reindeer hanging out on the power lines. It's on 14th Avenue in the lower 70s, in case you want to take a look -- and you should.

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Homeland security

12/28/03

Yiddish poster with collapsing WTC
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rough translation, according to a guy I met on the street: "How long did it take the Twin Towers to fall? 8 seconds. How long will it take to save Williamsburg from the artists???" (He stumbled over the word "artists," so I suspect it's a not-so-polite term for hipsters.)

Update: An apparently more accurate translation, via Choire:

"How long did it take for the 'Twin Towers' to fall apart? 8 seconds... How long will it take for Williamsburg? God forbid!"

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Arena

12/27/03

Below, some of what will be destroyed if Bruce Ratner, who has a history of making attractive-looking plans into rather hideous buildings, succeeds in getting the city to condemn six blocks for his Gehry-designed arena development. The plans include about 7,000,000 square feet on 21 acres; for comparison, the World Trade Center towers had about 9,000,000 square feet on 16 acres. The buildings I'll miss most? The enigmatic Samuel Underberg Building on Atlantic Avenue (background) and the simply stunning Atlantic Art Building at 636 Pacific Street. And, of course, the HOT BIRD ads. The neighborhood is up in arms.

Samuel Underberg Building detail

Underberg building

Sober tag under Hot Bird ad

666 Pacific

Tall brick building

Apartment buzzers mounted on chain-link fence

American Express cards / Brooklyn Hispanic Business and Professional Association

Building with lots of arches

Large apartment building

Atlas Brake Service and Hot Bird ad

Bread Tank
"Bread Tank / Liquid [?]elose / Dextrose"

Building with espo tag

Atlantic Art Building

Don't Destroy Our Homes

Friends in High Places - anti-Ratner sign

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Approach

12/26/03

Have you ever had the "Oh my God we're about to hit the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building and...whoa, there's my house!" approach to LaGuardia?

I just did.

I hope my pictures turned out.

(Update: sort of.)

Night aerial shot of downtowns Brooklyn and Manhattan

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Newsstand

12/23/03

Newsstand since MCMLXXV

Petrella newsstand

Directions to various streets

Petrella's point directory

Directions to ground zero, and graffito: Let's Capitolize on Catastrophe

NEWS stands for north, east, west and south

Some red to go with the green. What, you were expecting Christmas lights?

 

Old, but new to me: In Passing..., a collection of hilarious, or insightful, or nonsensical things people say, mostly in Berkeley.

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Green party

12/20/03

[Welcome MeFi visitors.]

Entering Bowling Green

Crowded platform

US Army and Viking, peacefully coexisting

Partiers on the train

Boom box and partiers

Diplomat Bowl

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Jumper

12/19/03

No pictures today.

I was on my way home tonight, on the Manhattan Bridge, when I saw a few people at the railing, looking like they were taking pictures of the incredible view of downtown and the Brooklyn Bridge. But one of them, looking pained, motioned me over; I threw my bike down; an old Chinese man who didn't seem to speak English handed me a cell phone. Then I saw her: a girl, about 15 or 20, standing on the ledge on the wrong side of the fence, a hundred feet above the East River, trying to escape from the three people who were pulling her in. After a bit of confusion, I called 911 from my phone and tried to convey to the clueless-seeming dispatcher that THERE WAS A PERSON JUMPING FROM THE BRIDGE and YES, they should send help. And call the Coast Guard.

By now the girl was slumping down, resisting the people who were trying to hold her back -- two women, a jogger and a cyclist, were talking to her (without much in the way of a response), and they and the Chinese man were holding on. I grabbed her leg, trying to afford her the dignity of looking away from her naked torso (for the others had apparently grabbed onto her shirt and succeeded only in bunching it up around her sleeves). Another cyclist stopped, and I asked him for his locking cable, which he threaded around her leg. I grabbed the girl's hand, held on to it, then also her wrist, until the Coast Guard called me back for information and I found someone to replace me and my numb left hand.

Eventually the cops showed up, first one, then two, then a few dozen on the bridge, four boats below, and a helicopter or two. They shut down the bridge to traffic and trains, handcuffed the girl to the railing, cut the fence away, harnessed up a cop and pulled the girl to safety, all while I was standing there feeling useless except for the belt I had lent to the cause and the possibility that the Coast Guard would call me again. The girl didn't look happy to be saved as the cops loaded her into a stretcher, her hands bloodied by the handcuffs, but she was alive.

I wish this were fiction. But if you pass the big gap in the chain-link fence on the bridge before they replace it, you will know it's not.

At this time of the year, let's be thankful for the first person who recognized the situation, stopped what she was doing, and saved a life tonight.

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Airtrain

12/17/03

To my great shock, the MTA updated a sign the very day it should have:

Instructions for getting to JFK airport using Airtrain
Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, Brooklyn

Congrats, MTA. Anti-congrats to the Port Authority for replacing a fast, free shuttle bus with a fancy-shmancy train that costs $4.17 and saves maybe two or three minutes.

This is the same Port Authority that imposed a $2 New York ripoff surcharge on people taking the Newark Airtrain from New York City (but not from anywhere else). To get around that ripoff, buy a train ticket to North Elizabeth (the next station after the airport), get off at Newark Airport, and buy a separate airport-access ticket there. You save $2 each way, and even more if your trip times qualify you for a round-trip off-peak ticket to North Elizabeth.

It's also the same Port Authority that pissed me off by setting the signs on all the roadways at LaGuardia to display "God Bless America" -- an expression utterly devoid of any meaning other than one offensive to the nonreligious -- on Thanksgiving Day.

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Street art

12/15/03

I am going to kill myself

Get the people
Soho

 

Discolored sprinkler-shutoff sign
Times Plaza, Brooklyn

 

Now you don't have to travel to Manhattan to get Manhattan-quality OB/GYN care
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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Straightforward

12/13/03

We are probably the lowest priced in the city

The finest men's shoes and we are probably the lowest prices in the city

Do not use

Nitrogen canisters and a police/fire call box
Downtown

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Graffiti day

12/11/03

Eric sucks dick
"Eric Sucks Dick", Ground Zero pit

 

Jesus is the way life truth / Danny RIP 2002 / Fuck the world
Chelsea

 

Jetsons-themed graffiti Order of poker hands
Atlantic Avenue station, Brooklyn, long-hidden wall exposed by construction

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Patriotism takes many forms

12/09/03

God Bless America
Hutchinson River Parkway, The Bronx

 

Tanya Likes SUVs and Nascar Statue of Liberty plugging wheatgrass juice

Patriotic menagerie
Flatbush Avenue, Park Slope/Prospect Heights Neutral Zone, Brooklyn

 

Teddy!  We have walked softly.  It's time to use the 'big stick'!
The Rockaways, Queens

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Hamilton Heights

12/08/03

Please!!! Stop!!! Urinating down in this area.  It leaves an odor.  Thank you, Shorty Macedonia Baptist Church, blue neon cross

E&S Shanty Restaurant

Phat Cribs real estate broker

Bozo Cleaners

Open 18 hours

Jesus' Taco
Hamilton Heights, Manhattan

 

New photolog, with a suspiciously familiar design: Chicago Snapshot

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Snow

12/07/03

Stack of tires

Stoop

Subway entrance
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

 

U. Farkas Mfrs and Importers of Silver
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 

Inside-out umbrella in snowbank

Snow-covered fence and graffitied gate

387

SODA

Jupiter Electronic Dist.

Heart-shaped ironwork
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

 

Gothamist and EverythingNY link to more snow pics.

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Well qualified to represent the LBC

12/06/03

Chin & Lai Laundry

Chinese laundry

Pizza Pious Kosher-Italian

Daniel J Pender, M.D., EAR nose & throat

Tows R Us

"The Bagel Club"
The Bagel Club
Long Beach, NY

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Oaktown redux

12/05/03

Gold Tooth Master

Coming soon - K2 Jewelry - Gold Teeth
(more gold teeth)

No bills - quarters and halves only

Kim's Backyard

Buy 3 VHS at $19.99 and get them at $9.99
Oakland, CA

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Boomerang

12/03/03

Skateboarding and Punk Rock

VAULT
Sonora, CA

 

One Nation Under God pizza

Automotive garage offering internet access
Ridgecrest, CA

 

Traffic jam
California

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The lost art of mapmaking

12/01/03

Old map of Lower Manhattan
Times Square (larger version, to 96th Street: note Third and Myrtle Avenue Els and now-closed stations at 91st, 19th, 18th, Worth, Court and Myrtle)

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