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Are the Washington Square Tar Mounds, which last erupted in 1893, a threat to public safety? The Tar Mounds, the only known such natural formation on the east coast, have long fascinated visitors to the park. Oddly enough, the parks service, the city’s 311 information system and the National Society of Geological Phenomena (NSGP) make no mention of the Tar Mounds. And these potentially volatile formations have at one time even been used by skateboarders.

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In the relative geological calm of the last century plus, life has returned to reclaim some of the formerly barren landscape.

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The constant threat of eruption has prompted city officials to enclose the Tar Mounds, creating a safe boundary for viewing by throngs of thrill-seeking tourists.

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A construction site at the corner of W. Houston and Hudson Sts. The sign posted at the gates makes makes we wonder: what is the future of the city; why is it being built by the Dept. of Environmental Protection; and is this the proper way to use semicolons or am I just being pretentious?

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A pile of rusted pipes or braces.

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An activity center in the middle of all the construction.

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“Time was,” the old master said, “I could levitate a good 10-12 inches off the ground for minutes at a time while juggling a chainsaw, a bowling ball and a ripe olive.”

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A day of wandering the Village and Washington Square Park along the streets of NYU… among tattoo parlors, pizza joints, head shops and holes in the ground awaiting replacement buildings. Looking like a tourist with my cargo shorts, baseball cap and camera dangling from my neck.

Bleeker and Christopher, another corner with two facing empties.

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Sign in yet another closed video store window, a segment of business quickly being killed by online video, netflix and on demand video.

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