Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.



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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17th May 2007, 10:32   | tags:,,,

540air says:

I like this, very moody :)

Are either of these the same water tower from RAB's pic?

17th May 2007, 11:15

bronxelf says:

Thanks. I really like this one also.

I doubt it's the same tower. NYC has an uncountable number of water towers. I have no idea where he took the shot he did. I take photos of watertowers all the time, all over the city.

17th May 2007, 11:18

540air says:

Ah well, I thought it may have been, but it's a cool pic anyway :)

17th May 2007, 11:35

bronxelf says:

Woo. Thanks for the highlight. :)

17th May 2007, 11:39

chocolate says:

great one!

17th May 2007, 13:56

Caine says:

Extreme moodiness. I really like this one.

17th May 2007, 23:19

Great photo! Yay for water towers!

I love the contrast on this one.

18th May 2007, 02:08

taniwha says:

Lovely. Why does NYC have all these water towers?

18th May 2007, 09:00

bronxelf says:

Two reasons. 1. to support the sprinkler system. Gravity always works, even when electricity doesn't. The towers provide water for fire prevention within the building.

2. In the case of buildings over six stories (sprinklered or not), they provide water to the upper floors of a building so that the people on the upper floors have as much water pressure as the people on the lower ones. (the towers aren't used for the same thing- that means there'd be two or more towers on a building. They aren't using the sprinkler water as potable water.)

Many times the towers are covered up, not visible from the street. But they're there, either way. However, in NYC it's very (very) common for towers to be left uncovered. You can see thousands of them just walking around on any given day.

18th May 2007, 19:43

XlisilooX says:

great pic!

18th May 2007, 21:48

bronxelf says:

Thank you!

19th May 2007, 00:00

swamprose says:

I like this photo a lot. so new york.

22nd May 2007, 06:45

bronxelf says:

Thanks. I think that's why I like it also. It couldn't possibly have been taken anywhere else, even though there's no particularly touristy landmark to give it away.

22nd May 2007, 07:00