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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A retaining wall collapsed today along the Henry Hudson Parkway at 181
Street, just north of the George Washington Bridge. I havent heard anyone
say there's been any definite reports of anyone being buried in this mess,
but the jury is still out.

APK/Kiia/Wombat and I are *very* well acquainted with this stretch of road.
It's on the way to my house and APK/Kiia's house. for anyone coming from the west side of Manhattan or New Jersey. This is maybe... 6 or 7 minutes south of me.

.Im'a little creeped now.
13th May 2005, 01:24   | tags:,,

Geodyne says:

Holy. shit.

So would I be. I've heard you mention Henry Hudson Parkway many times.

13th May 2005, 01:38

bronxelf says:

I keep looking at this and thinking how many times (and they really are countless) we've all been on that stretch of road. According to the news, engineers had been working on a plan to shore up the wall for six months.

On the ironic side, that's where the cops hang out when theyre looking to speed trap people coming up onto the HHP from the West Side Highway. That spot is right past the GW Bridge. If there's traffic on the WSH, it's almost always caused by the bridge, so when you get past that exit, the highway gets clear again. When you've been sitting in traffic for a while the natural repsonse is to hit the gas and get the hell out of there, which takes you under the bridge, around a turn to the right, and BOOM. right into that spot/speed trap.

13th May 2005, 01:43

Geodyne says:

Not any more!

13th May 2005, 01:48

bobisdead says:

wow what a mess...

13th May 2005, 04:02

bronxelf says:

Yeah the highway is still out of commission. Goodness knows what this is going to do to traffic tomorrow.

13th May 2005, 04:04

alexis says:

glad you and yours are okay.
as for being creeped out, yeah... = \\ nothing quite like being reminded of your own mortality...

13th May 2005, 04:41

bronxelf says:

We're all fine here. I haven't seen any reports of injuries yet, and I was home all day. But that's a lot of dirt, and that wall is very high. It's a bit hard to tell in the aerial view, but it's a tall structure. I wanna say 30 feet? about that.

13th May 2005, 04:43

Lyzardly says:

My understanding is no njuries. An apartment building near there was evacuated and currently the residents are seeking housing via Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Add that to the bridge fire on the Amtrak and NJ Transit lines yesterday... getting to Jersey is a bitch right now.

13th May 2005, 13:06

Euphro says:

Glad to hear that there are no injuries. That's an awesome slope failure/land slide.

13th May 2005, 13:08

daz, procrastinating at work, says:

I thought New Yorkers avoided Jersey like the plague anyway? ;)

13th May 2005, 13:08

netsearcher(ilena-at-csi-dot-com) says:

That's going to be a bitch to clean up and fix. :-(

13th May 2005, 21:10