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Brutalism is a style of architecture. It seems to explain itself well enough in this image made recently of the AT&T switching center on 10th avenue between 53rd and 54th. The sun shone bright did not illuminate. No light enters, and no light leaves. Waves riding another frequency slip in, deposit their messages and exit with others to carry off into the ether.

It is said that on particularly dark nights and lunar eclipses a body can pass through the solid matter walls only to be absorbed by them. If you find it following you, walk slowly until you find help. Never look it in the eye. Image

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At a subway stop last November… 42nd Street maybe? Part of the backlog.

A woman records the moment.

Later that day, maple leaves float in a fountain in Bryant Park.

Meanwhile far away in another part of town…

 

 

There’s the desecrated truck at rest on East 66th Street as gravity begins pulling it slowly into the asphalt. Perverse, elegant accidental street sculpture. A patron of the arts looks on.

The door was ripped from its hinges and shoved into the gaping maw of the cab like a dismembered tongue stuffed into the mouth of a decomissioned stoolie.

Danger, we are warned. Danger.

Santo and the guy in all the photos with celebrities had been at SE corner of Broadway & 78Th for 30 or 35 years, depending on who you asked. This past Friday, they abruptly closed and loaded the contents of their prototypical NY pizza joint onto a rented truck. In little more than a decade I ate 1439 slices of their pizza.

Santo on right, guy in all the photos on left.

The rest of the block…

Rumor is, a 22-story apartment building will be erected on this site, connected to the building that went up over the comedy club on 78th. What stores will replace the shuttered businesses on this block? No doubt at least one bank, three mobile phone stores, a Seattle-based coffee purveyor, a nail salon, a Duane Reade or two…

First, thanks to the hundreds of people who’ve personally written me about updating CFB, and the scores of others who’ve stopped me on the street – often at swordpoint – demanding that I resume postings.

Second, a guy with yellow hair rode past this empty building in the desolate 32nd & Madison region.

Nearby, a guy leaned in the entryway of an unused structure, conversing easily with a confidant.

This young man circles the block at about ten-minute intervals, ensuring that no bills are posted. I salute you, no-bill-post enforcer: without you posted bills would sully the deteriorating landscape and grease the slide into urban blight.

This woman, (a child, really) tears of indifference staining her face, walks past the empty building on Madison.

Closed for Business went on vacation, but returns with images from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. You won’t see whales, bears and bald eagles here, but signs of the times, beginning with these found on a street in Seattle. In the shadow of the monorail.

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The above sign leaned against the below building.

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I like irony as much as the next guy. This sign proclaiming that “businesses are open” stood steadfastly on the corner of the street with a row of closed businesses in the shadow of the monorail in the middle of the hottest stretch of weather in recent Seattle prepositional memory.

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The monorail casts its long shadow.

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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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In St. Mark’s Place, single bicycles come buoyed by the slim hope of meeting their perfect mate only to be ensnared by the insidious Venus Fly Rack. In these photos, often ghoulish and grisly in their stark depictions of bicycle decay, see the result that awaits the unwary traveler.

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Broadway, in the Apthorp.

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These next three are on W. 72nd St.

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Actually, I think this is somewhere else, but I can’t remember where…. Madison Ave., maybe?

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A splashdash collection today that sums up the area around 40th and 3rd. Two large restaurant spaces, a Dalmatian driving a US Postal Service truck and my inexplicable fascination with outdoor fruit. But not in that order. A couple of days ago, a young woman’s death at Iran election protests is captured on video and I’m posting this nonsense.

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