Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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The Cyclone peeks over the F train at Coney Island.

silar31 says:

This could inspire me to a long post about the relationship between street railway and amusement parks, but I'll be good and refrain :-)

5th Aug 2006, 23:26

bronxelf says:

Why? Feel free. :)

5th Aug 2006, 23:28

Euphro says:

I really like they way the curves in the track match the curves in the cyclone. Great! :)

5th Aug 2006, 23:30

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much. I took a lot of photos at Coney Island.

6th Aug 2006, 01:03

Dhamaka says:

nice, clean shot b'elf

6th Aug 2006, 01:36

bronxelf says:

Thank you. :)

6th Aug 2006, 01:40

silar31 says:

Ok, relationship between street railways and amusement parks:

Back in the heyday of the street railway (Say, 1900-1935+-), when the street railways were the main method of transport for city workers to get to their jobs, they had a 6-day work week. On Sunday, they would often take the trolley to church and then home, but then the railways would end up having to pay the motormen and other workers for a day when they ran mostly empty. This was a problem .

The railways had to come up with some scheme to increase ridership on Sundays. Some bright person, probably at a railway that had an interurban line, came up with the idea of running a line out to a picnic grove or park in the country between cities. It would be someplace the workers could take the family after church on Sunday, and would generate more revenue - another nickel each for the ride out, and a nickel for the ride back!

Eventually, they came up with other things to put at these parks to get more people to go out at other times of the day (and for which they could charge more nickels). Dance floors to hold evening dances were a big draw in some places, but that was an adult activity and they wanted to draw families, so eventually, rides started to appear. This is how the amusement park was born - from a desire on the part of the street railway companies to make as many nickels on Sunday as they did other days of the week.

If you've ever been to an older park, such as Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire, or, indeed, Coney Island, you may have noticed the control for older rides such as the Ferris Wheel or Merry-Go-Round is a handle that the operator spins around. It's a trolley controller, exactly like the controller in a trolley car from the same era. Why? Because the only electricity brought out to the parks was, of course, the 600 volt DC power that ran in the trolley lines! In old photos of these parks, if you find a close-up of the rides or even the dance floors, you can make out that the lamps too were trolley lamps - because they could handle the high voltage.

We have this phenomenon to thank - or blame - for one other thing. Land speculators and builders would ride out to the parks on Sunday and see all this undeveloped, uninhabited land in between. Land which, thanks to the trolley line, could be easily gotten to and commuted from for workers. Thus was born the concept of suburbs.

6th Aug 2006, 02:48