Category Archives: junk

A passage of Solemnity and Darkness

The worlds oldest subway has a curious history.

Built in 1844 Cornelius Vanderbilt this tunnel was for his trains that were “accidentally” running over Brooklyn residents on his tracks. By the late 1850’s the tunnel was useless as Vanderbilt changed his interest from trains to steamboats. A shady contractor was hired to fill in the tunnel, but it’s reported that he didn’t  do so.

In 1979 Bob Diamond was a Brooklyn engineering student. We was sitting in his kitchen listening to the radio where a book by G.J.A O’Toole “The Cosgrove Report” was being discussed.  The book talks about Lincoln’s assassination and that the lost journal pages of John Wilkes Booth might be in a long forgotten tunnel running under Atlantic Ave. Of course the whole thing sounded absurd but the young Diamond couldn’t help but find his interest piqued.

After a year of milling over discarded and mislabled Department of Transportation blue prints, Diamond finds the long lost tunnel. However, the tunnel is blocked in the middle by a large wall, leaving roughly six blocks of the tunnel, as of yet, unexplored. Diamond believes there is a good chance that a locomotive originally built by British locomotive pioneer Robert Stephenson may lay in that section of tunnel. Booth’s diary may be there after all.

You can tour the tunnel this June 28th!


Selgas Cano Architecture Office

The Selgas Cano Architecture Office, just outside of Madrid.

Wish, my office had this view!

Saving Tesla’s Failure

After Tesla invented alternating current, we went to Wardenclyffe, NY and began to experiment with what would become radio waves.

On this site he built a laboratory, massive tower, and extensive “secret” tunnels. The place is littered with giant batteries, and half-finished experiments  that are now dilapidated.

The current owners of the site are looking to sell the place, and are willing to level the location for the new owners.

Tesla fans are trying to come up with the money to preserve the site.

via NYT.

The Tuesday Noon Siren

I miss living in San Francisco.

Music, Language, Thought.

A neat looking lecture series being held at NYU. Just missed the first session, but more in April.

With talks like “The Rape of Euterpe: Music, Philology, and Misology in the Work of Nietzsche” it’s sure to be a barn burner.

Awesome poster too.

More here.

Kowloon Walled City

The Kowloon Walled City was located just outside Hong Kong. A former watchpost to protect the area against pirates, it was occupied by Japan during World War II and then taken over by squatters after Japan’s surrender. Neither Britain nor China wanted responsibility for it, so it became its own lawless city.

Its population flourished for decades, with residents building labyrinthine corridors above the street level, which was clogged with trash. The buildings grew so tall that sunlight couldn’t reach the bottom levels and the entire city had to be illuminated with fluorescent lights. It was a place where brothels, casinos, opium dens, cocaine parlors,and secret factories ran unchecked by any government. It was finally torn down in 1993 after a mutual decision was made by British and Chinese authorities, who had finally grown wary of the unsanitary, anarchic city and its out-of-control population.


More info HERE.

Apple Evolution

A nice poster of Apple’s evolution. Click to see it big.