June 21, 2004

Exploring the Area

POST #    1115

Yesterday, I took my bike out twice - once to ride to work and again in the early evening. Since one of the reasons that I bought the bike was for my commute to work, I wanted to know how long it would take and how to get there. It took 16 minutes to get to work at a semi-leisurely pace and 25 minutes to get home at a very leisurely pace on a different route (note to self - don't ride by a waste water treatment plant again).

In the evening, I decided to ride around one last time, just for the hell of it. This time, I stayed in Greenpoint going north and south around Kent Ave./Franklin St. One of the blocks I turned off on led to West St., which was very deserted. There was a nice set of warehouses that were in disrepair and rusty. Creepy, but very cool looking.

Overall, riding the bike went very smoothly, but my butt is still slightly sore right now. While the seat might have something to do with it, I also think I need to get used to riding a little more.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 9:01 AM



i'll still take the under

Posted by: jk at June 21, 2004 9:41 AM

really nice shots tien. I wish I still had my bike (it was stolen the 4th day of school!) - but that's just cause I was an idiot coming into the city w/ a Jersey-mentality and only had a thin wire lock. supposedly, well actually, apparently, they cut those things like butter.

Posted by: Chris at June 21, 2004 11:08 AM

thanks chris, i don't think the photos do the building justice. i had issues controlling the light and getting the colors to show up. damn my lousy camera!

Posted by: tien at June 21, 2004 11:18 AM

Those warehouses are cool - I love those connecting things that were used to transport things (bales of hay? kegs of beer? steer? people?).

Posted by: Jen at June 21, 2004 11:49 AM

what, you don't like the smell of wastewater in the morning? or is it the massive amount of dust from all the construction that gets to you....

i should take offense, but then again, i would probably avoid newtown too.

Posted by: dahl at June 21, 2004 12:00 PM

Those are historic buildings! They were once home to American Manufacturing Inc., largest rope and bag manufacturer in the world. The U.S.S. Monitor was built nearby at Continental Ironworks, which I think was where the large empty lot is now (there's a decrepit historic marker on a chain link fence). How do I know this? It was part of a bike ride in my pre-blog days last summer where I took a lot of pictures and did a bunch of research. Alas, I had no convenient way of putting everything online like I do now.

Posted by: joe s at June 21, 2004 5:56 PM

hmm, i did take a photo of that signage. who would have thought that the largest rope and bag maker in the world would be here. i guess it had to do with the navy needing it?

Posted by: tien at June 21, 2004 6:03 PM

You must live in my neighborhood. cheers neighbor.

PS--they do a lot of filming in around that building in the top two photos--I think that Warner Bros. bought it.

Posted by: jocelyn at June 21, 2004 8:33 PM

guess so jocelyn. i know there was a sign on a fence that said something like, "for shooting information call..." so it seems like it's a popular location for filming.

i'm sure it will be developed soon.

Posted by: tien at June 22, 2004 8:41 AM

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