Pretending to Be…


Where we once walked…

sunday_january_28_2007

This is a photo of my dad… nearly 30 years ago…
Way before I was born…
In Brooklyn,
In a gas station on the corner of Flatbush Ave and Pacific Street, right by 5th ave…
He went there in hopes of a job,
A job towing old broken down cars…
There still are old broken cars around I suppose…
But the gas station isnt there anymore…
Torn down in hopes of a basketball arena that isnt coming anymore…
Thanks Bruce Ratner…. really…

I just saw this photo in my scrapbook and had a rush of zen-like nostalgia…
And I posted it for no other reason than that…

EDIT:
Before demolition:

After demolition:

Brooklyn is dying, and there aint no one to save her…

thanks to PHootprint for the links to those photos…
check out the flickr account for more photos…

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that is a very moving photos.

check it out:
before demolition in 2007
Oil

after demolition, Fall 2008:
mobil Stopped

Comment by phootprint

damn
so they finally demolished it huh???
and so brooklyn slowly dies…

thanks so much for the photos
hope you dont mind if I add those to this post…

Comment by Jun

you people’s love of the banal is quite something.

Comment by Bobbo

@Bobbo
i have no idea what you mean by ‘you people’…

and i dont think stepping back to take time to mourn just a little at the fact that my adopted hometown, where I spent 16 years of my 20 years of life, will never be the same again is banal at all…

also, I am an architect/design student…
i understand that as hated a term and event that gentrification is, it is the only known success story that has helped to get rid of urban blight in large cities…

but there is so much culture that is lost during this process…
as a student and inspiring architect/designer i think there is something to be explored in the relationship between the loss of culture and gentrification and how we can mediate the two…

I just dont think Ratner and any of the developers of the Atlantic Rail Yards take any of that into account…

Comment by Jun

Pay no attention to Bobbo — he’s a hateful crank who likes to provoke people for his own warped enjoyment. Talk about banal…

Comment by Eric

Bobbo, you know what is banal, besides you? What Bruce Ratner has planned for Prospect Heights. THAT is banal. You know what is full of life and character? This photo and the story behind it.

Keep your banal, cranky snark in Jersey and on the Netsdaily comment board.

Comment by phootprint

now you feel me with Chinatown??

Comment by Long

love the post, jun.
come back to brooklyn!

Comment by heidi




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