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Abandoned Hungarian power plant

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 in Architecture, Color, Decay, graphic design, Photography

Excellent photos by Attila Nagy in this Gizmodo piece. I love the glass work and the graphics on the machines.

Gertel’s Bakery Luncheon

Posted on May 29, 2013 in Advertising, Antiques, Brooklyn, Decay, graphic design, Typography

Stunning. Want to know more? See google.

Defrosting a cold storage building

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Architecture, Decay, Food

MAKE has this great post up about a Chicago cold storage building that had to be defrosted after 90 years of meatpacking service as part of its sale to bicycle company SRAM. The images are fantastic. Definitely take a look at the time lapse footage of the melting process:

Fight fire with furniture

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 in Decay, Furniture, Manufacturing, New York

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While fires continue to burn and uncontrollably destroy homes in Colorado, the FDNY is preparing to do some controlled burning on New York’s Governor’s Island. According to a New York Times article, the FDNY is conducting burning tests to experiment with venting techniques in an effort to combat accelerated home burning times that the article, and presumably the FDNY, attribute to changes in the materials and flammability of materials used to make furniture today. It’s fascinating to read the complex consequences of the changes in how we make our stuff, but it frustrates me that in an article documenting radical changes to fighting fire caused by our new types of stuff, there is no mention of changing our stuff.

(I by no means wish to undermine what I am certain are some diligent and sincere efforts somewhere to make products less flammable, and I would like to learn about them…)

Dream home in Stockbridge, MA

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Antiques, Architecture, Decay, Home Improvement

Another day has come when I’d rather die than go to sleep knowing I cannot have this toy. Oh the joys and pains of owning a house like this. Unbelievable. Quick, someone give me a really big account. I’m gonna need at least a million bucks and a year off to bring this elegant, old lady back to life.

Old MTA lettering

Great old lettering at the exit stairs for South Oxford St at the Lafayette Ave C station.

A. Homer Hilsen, clear coated

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 in Cycling, Decay, Transportation

 

I approached Joe Ballweg, whom I did not know and still don’t really, like the admiring nerd that I am at the Greenpoint farmer’s market because my even nerdier wife brought to my attention that what he was rolling through there with his handsome looks was a clear coated Homer from Rivendell. I have coveted a Homer for some time. Take a peak and understand. The proportions and geometry look perfect. The lug details are insane. The typography and paint job is gorgeous. Drink the Rivendell Koolaid as they say. Or don’t. But Joe’s call to have them clear coat his with all the blemishes and patina of the raw steel shining through was a really elegant move. Joe’s got style. My crappy iphone pix don’t do it justice.

The Kingston Lounge

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 in Architecture, Brooklyn, Decay, History, New York

The Kingston Lounge is an incredible blog by Richard Nickel Jr. (a man I don’t know but would love to…) that documents abandoned and decaying buildings and spaces. Above is a photo from a recent entry documenting North Brother Island, but the blog takes its name from its maiden subject, the abandoned Kingston Lounge in Brooklyn. Incredible photography. Check it all out…