July 24, 2018
Walking south, I took this shot of my favorite apartment buildings, although you can see only one in this picture. I like to call it The Sentinel.
The Harlem River is off to the left of this image, looking north from the Highbridge promenade. A nice view of some premier NYC highway spaghetti.
Yep, NYC sure is beautiful!
Looking south over The Deegan Expressway and the Harlem RIver, with Manhattan to the right and in the distance.
October 26, 2017
A sixty-second exposure of the northbound NJ Turnpike, just a few miles before the George Washington Bridge. Since it’s a pinhole, the fencing is in focus despite it’s being almost right up against the camera. I was using yet another camera, with a 4-inch focal length, and a 0.57mm pinhole. There was a lot of traffic.
Nearby, I took this image of the bridge into the New Overpeck Park, with overgrowth and a blank billboard. The day was so cloudy, I had to use a seven-minute exposure, but that made the light areas, and the sky, get overexposed. The blue arrows on the map show the location from which I took the shots.
And I have no idea what went wrong with this shot of a telecommunications tower!
December 23, 2012
Watching from my office window, I see the PATH terminal at the WTC site finally rising above the ground. It will be spectacular, but I agree with Michael Kimmelman of the NYTimes who wrote:
… we waste unconscionable amounts of public money on architectural follies like the much-delayed World Trade Center PATH station, which is projected, even after ground zero is fully developed, to serve only perhaps 60,000 riders and whose exploding cost is already approaching $4 billion, a scandal still waiting to dawn on New Yorkers.
Meanwhile infrastructural crises that affect millions of people a day drag on, among them our abysmal airports; noisy, erratic subways; lack of high-speed rail; and Penn Station. No other great city in the world would abide a station [Penn Station @ 34th Street] like it.
July 27, 2012
BEIJING — In the heart of the Chinese capital is the showcase neighborhood of Sanlitun, where expatriates and Chinese glitterati go to dine, drink and dance. It has gleaming curved skyscrapers, a boutique hotel where rooms list for $400 to $4,000 a night, and restaurants with cuisines like French, Persian and Mexican.
What it does not have is a modern drainage system.
Here is the fundamental text – Drainage: The Wine of Life.
And here are some other posts on various aspects of this neglected topic: Drainage Posts.
July 22, 2011
The Gods of Drainage have not been happy, and they have visited their wrath on the city of New York. A “catastrophic fire” in the pumping station that lefts raw sewage into the North River Treatment Plant, which purifies it, and discharges it into the Hudson River, has shut down the facility completely. Raw, that’s untreated, sewage from half of Manhattan is now pouring into the river, and will continue to do so through the weekend. And it’s in the middle of a remarkable heat wave. That means stay away from that beautiful riverside park all along the Hudson – it’s not going to smell too nice!
This map shows the areas that are served by the city’s fourteen sewage treatment plants: the one that is out of action is No. 6. Number Six!? You can read all about the system in this NYC DEP publication.