I just did a very significant update to the Atlantic Avenue Subway Tunnel article. Added a lot of photographs and writing about the history of the tunnel and how it was discovered by a 20 year old engineering student in the 1980s after being hidden for over 100 years. It's an incredible story.
Bob Diamond discovering the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel entrance in 1980.
There are fairly frequent tours of the tunnel, which you enter through a small manhole in the middle of Atlantic Avenue, and it's by far the most interesting tour that I've ever taken.
The next tour is on May 16th. Get tickets before they sell out:
I just put up an article about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 19th century. It's an extremely interesting story, particularly because the bridge was completed basically by hand and on a scale that had never been done before.
The construction took 14 years and killed the main architect, John Roebling a month after it had begun. A case of the benz crippled his son Washington after he had taken over the project, while spending too much time underwater overseeing the construction of the base of the bridge. Washington completed the project despite not being able to leave his house for the last 11 years of the construction, only able to view the bridge from his bedroom window and using his wife Emily to relay information. Overall, 27 people died and a couple of major scandals almost derailed the project.
Also in the article are a bunch of historical photos and illustrations of the construction taken from the New York Public Libraries Digital Archives. A lot of wonderful stuff.
Well I was hoping to have an article on the Brooklyn Bridge done before I had to run out today, but it turned out to take a lot longer than I thought, as did the actual Brooklyn Bridge. I'll have that finished up for tomorrow.
In the meantime, I found this great image when I was looking through photos to put in the Brooklyn Bridge article. Actually put it in the article at first until I realized that it was really the Manhattan Bridge. Boo.
This photo was taken from a balcony in the East Village looking towards midtown. I love the different layers of building heights that quickly rise as you move towards the Empire State Building. You can really see the diversity of types of buildings in New York, especially with older East Village apartments in the foreground contrasted with the larger office buildings.
There is also the intimate feeling of the foreground apartment building windows, that gives a more comforting feel that you don't usually get in cityscape photographs.
The Gothamist has a great post recently on Charles W. Cushman's photos of New York in the 1940s. One of the photos, of McSorley's Old Ale House, primarily got my attention because of how much hasn't changed.
McSorley's is the oldest continuously running bar in New York City and was the last bar in the city to allow access to women (after a Supreme Court case in 1970.) Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, the motto for the bar was 'Good Ale, Raw Onions and No Ladies.' And even Abe Lincoln is said to have drank there.
Here is McSorley's today:
Without further ado, a bigger blog with larger photographs! The smaller size really wasn't doing the photos justice and I think this makes a world of difference.
As with any change like this, if any of you notice any errors or if something looks off in your browser, please let me know. I always check my changes in the major browsers, but often a few bugs will slip through the cracks.
I'm also going to start making a bunch of changes to the site in the next few weeks. The overall design is going to stay the same, but I will be changing the portfolios, tweaking the prices, maybe adding un-matted prints for sale, and changing the layout of the homepage, among other things.