I noticed a camera lying around the house, and I wanted to try out the imaging features of my blogging software, so I decided to memorialize a walk down Flatbush Avenue over the bridge to Manhattan. It’s about an hour walk, and there’s lots of stuff on the way, so why not give it a whirl?
Here’s a New Deal-era building having to do with public health. It’s actually quite good, although this isn’t its best angle and the stuff added on top doesn’t help:
Things didn’t get better after the New Deal. Here are a couple of mid-70s Skidmore, Owings and Merrill buildings near Flatbush and Fulton that for some reason were supposed to revitalize the area, which had fallen on hard times:
By the late 80s, when Metrotech was built, they realized they’d do better copying what had already been done. The recent building in the foreground copies the old Art Deco building in the background. The older building is a lot more refined, but a somewhat crude copy is better than nothing:
Case in point (seen from the beginning of the Manhattan Bridge):
Really monstrous. It actually makes me physically ill. It might lead to suicides on the bridge if it weren’t so debilitating. It somehow makes everything seem hopeless.