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Sesame Street Is A Dump

11 Feb

February 11, 2014

Like pretty much all of us, I grew up on Sesame Street. Because of that show I can count, I can read, I can spell, I can live a garbage can like Oscar the Grouch. So what did I learn from public school? How to cut class.

But I recently had opportunity (I was bored) to watch a very, very old episode from Sesame Street’s second season in 1970. Wow, the 70’s were a very different time. And Sesame Street? Full of trash. It was a total pigsty!


Ok, you expect some trash when one of the main characters is a filthy green hobo, but this is excessive. What’s with all the burlap? What’s with all the crates? I don’t get it. But it gets worse.


Look at the ground- there is trash everywhere! Under the mailbox, piled up by the newsstand, all around the people’s feet. Doesn’t anyone on the block have a broom?


Look at the background, behind the cool cat- more crates! What is in all these boxes just scattered around? And Bert and Ernie are standing in front of an old shipping pallet. Are there a lot of warehouses on Sesame Street?


And that wall in the back- filthy and full of soot. Is that a foundry? A rendering plant? A smelter? I hope none of kids picked up black lung disease. (BTW- that is not a flattering picture of Big Bird.)

Since then, Sesame Street has gotten a lot cleaner. I think it was some sort of federal government urban renewal project.

All this is proof, I think, that Sesame Street is in New York. NYC was pretty dirty back in the 70’s too.

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Picture Postcard: The JIMJOE Water Tower of Chinatown

27 Aug

August 27, 2013:

As I mentioned yesterday, Allan Keyes and I spent a long day recently in a Chinatown wedding shop. Yes, I’ll get around to that story sometime. Anyway, outside the widow was a view of an old water tower. the sky was nice and bright, the shot clear, so I took it. If you like urban shots of the way NYC used to look back in the day, this is for you. It is getting harder to find things like this. They still exist, but the tend to be blocked or hidden by newer architecture.



I took another shot through the same window, just a step or two to the right. This one was taken through a neon sign in the window. I don’t think it is such a great shot but it is interesting, so here it is.





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