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  • Arch Stanton

    Lol, you’re right. I’ll rephrase: Typical NY Mag, desperate to fill their pages, they’ll publish any article, even if it’s completely devoid of reality or facts.

  • Andrew Porter

    Copyright doesn’t work that way. I can’t put a copyright date from when it was taken. It is in copyright, because it wasn’t published then.

    It was likely taken in the early 1970s, when I still wandered around a desolate DUMBO (before it had that name!). Should have taken more photos there, but not only was it desolate, it was, IMHO, dangerous. Might have had my camera stolen.

  • Brian Johnson

    Andrew – since you brought up copyright:

    Those old images you posted earlier in this thread are clearly someone else’s property. They’re all watermarked. I highly doubt you have the rights to post them at all, let alone alter them and post.

    (I’m talking about the ones where you say “I just finished working on 140+ images of the Heights
    off the Municipal Archives—boosting contrast and sharpness, etc….”)

  • Jorale-man

    Excellent article that city planners should be paying close attention to.

    FYI, Justin Davidson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who focuses on urban planning and architecture.

  • MaggieO

    comes down to the question of “commercial use” i think. some of the photos may be public domain but others may not be – see this statement from the Municipal Archives homepage: “Some of the images in the Online Gallery may be subject to third-party rights such as copyright and/or rights of privacy/publicity.”

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Practical or not, I found it thought-provoking.

  • Arch Stanton

    Laughably meaningless. If a total idiot can become POTUS, an idiot can win a Pulitzer Prize.

  • Andrew Porter

    I called the Municipal Archives—part of the NYC Government—and asked, and they said non-commercial use, for instance on a blog, is fine. I will now credit “Courtesy the Municipal Archives” when I post these in the future.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I read it as a relevant thought experiment, not an engineering proposal. Taken that way, did you not even find it interesting? In other words, are you not at all interested in the larger paradigm of how people and goods get moved around cities? I would think a thinkin’ guy like you would be.

  • Arch Stanton

    The focus need to be on how to avoid or lessen the impending construction nightmare. Touting pie in the sky, phantasmagoric visions, as legitimate solutions is a waste of time and effort.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Was this touted as a legitimate solution though? I thought it was more of a suggestion to reexamine the larger paradigm of such roads, particularly in light of how transportation and infrastructure are likely going to change in the next 50-100 years. (We can start by considering imminent innovations and standards in driverless, drone, and electric vehicular technology & use.) Is the BQE going to be a thing that we will need in 2068 (which is only 40 years after these repairs are likely to be finished)?

  • Arch Stanton

    The title alone “Here’s a Solution for Fixing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Get Rid of It”
    portrays it as a solution. Yes the highway MAY eventually become obsolete but city planners now have no way of knowing if and when. This was addresses at the presentation meeting, the DOT said ‘we have to engineer for the present as we have no way of knowing the future’.
    Drones will not likely be a wide scale mode of human transportation for quite a while Yeah most of the technology is there except for a cheap, light, high energy power source and physics says that ain’t gonna be an easy problem to overcome. So I highly doubt the need for surface transportation is going to go away anytime soon, even driverless vehicles will need roads.
    In the meantime, the clock is ticking on the demise of the promenade…

  • StudioBrooklyn
  • StudioBrooklyn

    Someone scrawled “BUILD THE WALL” and “#LOVETRUMP” in one of the Court Street R elevators. Hard to photograph.

  • disqus_gDwRYclVSF

    brixtony I agree