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Monday, November 29, 2010

Juxtaposition


There are some neighborhoods that the visitor to New York City will likely never see and residents outside those neighborhoods will likely never visit either. Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick are among them. These places often serve as bragging rights for those who grew up there. Surrounded by these neighborhoods is Broadway Junction.

I was literally stopped in my tracks - the tracks of a confluence of trains and a massive, hodgepodge conglomeration of structures with every disparate element imaginable - different colors and materials embellished with chain link fences crowned with barbed razor wire.

This is Broadway Junction, where East New York Avenue, Broadway, Jamaica Avenue, Fulton Street and Interboro Parkway pass, along with subway stations for the A, C, J, L, Z and the Long Island Railroad.

Nearby, at 1520 Herkimer Street, I happened across the Calvary Free Will Baptist Church. A perfect addition to the ultimate juxtaposition...

6 comments:

Leslie said...

I think you blew everyone's mind with this one...no comments!

Talk about chaklah maklah. I guess when you live there you just look at it and go "whatever..."

Rob @ Photographer Gone Mad! said...

Those side ways windows are wonky as hell haha.

Mary P. said...

When I went to high school (52 years ago) I had to change trains at this station twice a day. From el to subway, and back again. I never felt comfortable doing it. (Four trains and a bus, or a bus, train and another bus) And I was lucky to be able to go to this scholarship high school for the top girl students from each elementary school in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School. It doesn't exist any more. The boys went to Bishop Loughlin, which is still around. Ex-mayor Giuliani went to Bishop Loughlin. So did my brother. The elevated train went past Trinity Cemetery, and I could look down at my grandparents grave.
(Sorry this is so long. Too many memories.)

Brian Dubé said...

Leslie,
I have found that readers here seem to be least interested in architecturally oriented postings. People stories are becoming the thing that engage followers of this blog most. I can't say I blame anyone. I love the architecture of the city, but more and more I am becoming fascinated with people and their stories.

moe lauher said...

I enjoy all the postings - people and places - you present a great view of the diverse city NYC is. Thanks

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