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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Brick & Limestone rule.

    All Glass = Dastardly Interloper.
    I think that's a bit unfair. I think the worst post-war buildings in the city are brick.

    The urban renewal projects and almost all post-war residential buildings up until the last few years are brick. Of course they are not as noticeable in the skyline as the taller glass office towers, but I think they have been even more damaging to the city's streetscape.

    Bottom line architecture is the problem- not style.
    If modern buildings could be built under the same conditions and budgets as the ones 20's, I have no doubt that they'd be just as amazing.

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    Fairness really has nothing to do with it -- it's just how I see it.

    In my mind's eye the perfect version of NYC is mainly stone and brick -- but, of course, those must be well done and with lots of windows.

    Add an amazing glass tower or nine -- scattered here & there, gathered in a cluster -- for variety.

    Banal buildings at 30 + stories -- no matter the material -- are never welcome.

    I'm just not a fan of all glass Hong Kong / Houston / Dubai style skylines. Call me old fashioned, but a skyline with all glass rising tall seems brash and without long-term-edness. On the other hand, lately London seems to be getting the mix just about right -- and she has the balls to build big + crazy with glass and steel. I like what i see there.

    So maybe I'm not so old-fashioned after all

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    Lofter, I always thought you were an old fashioned conservative

    I agree with your sentiments.

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    I'm more of a new-fangled conservationist.

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    I guess Chase Manhattan doesn't use those pull down shades anymore.

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    Some amazing shots! Thanks for this thread. There's a village shot on Sullivan St. of the Children's Aid Society. It's where I used to go for my after school program.

    Also, love the shot on Greenwich & Harrison with the kids walking. How raw it looked then. Now it's the site of the posh restaurant, The Harrison. The food is excellent, so I won't knock it.

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    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
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    1960s Brooklyn From Above

    We received these amazing old panoramic photos in our inbox yesterday (courtesy Forgotten-NY), taken by Patrick Cullinan in the '60s. The spot? Patrick writes: "In June of 1962, I went to the Williamsburg Bank Building and asked 'the guy' if I could go upstairs and take some pictures. He said OK. I think he escorted me. The whole thing was conducted in a relaxed atmosphere"... as opposed to today, when you have to sneak in. Enjoy the nearly half century journey back in time!

    Brooklyn Views, A Half-Century Ago

    These photos of the views from the top of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank landed in our Inbox over the weekend. Forwarded by Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY, the photos (which you can click on to expand) were taken by Patrick Cullinan in June 1962. The first photo looks north, with Brooklyn Tech and Fort Greene Park visible on the right and the Empire State building straight ahead. In the second one you can see Lafayette Avenue cutting east up the hill to the Masonic Temple. Pretty great!

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    Wow, beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. I lived in Ft. Greene for 8 years. What a great neighborhood.

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    Hello guys. Do you still post on this site? I sent you messages to your inbox a few weeks ago regarding a photo that was posted. Not sure if you realize it. I'll check back again. Thanks.

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    When I searched for images of Brooklyn street scenes from 1969, I found the black and white image of a street and elevated train that was posted on your forum page. Who would I need to contact for permission to use this picture either for a website to promote a book or as the cover of the book itself? It is a novel set in Brooklyn in 1969, and it is called SEEING THINGS IN BROOKLYN.

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    I loved all the photos on your post. There was one in particular from your post of Jan. 31, 2009, in which I was interested-- Brooklyn Scene 1969 (William Gedner). Who would I need to contact for permission to use this photo either on a website to promote a book I wrote or as the cover of the book itself? It is a novel called SEEING THINGS IN BROOKLYN, which is set in 1969.

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    Doing a Google search for "William Gedner" hardly anything popped up. There was THIS ONE, but it's from 1865 and lists Mr. Gedner as one on a list of "blind persons" who were to receive a donation from the City Comptroller.

    There is, however, a photographer by the name of William GEDNEY:

    William Gedney moved to Brooklyn as a nineteen year-old to attend the Pratt Institute of Art. He graduated from Pratt in 1955, but continued to live in Brooklyn for more than twenty years, first in a cold-water flat on Myrtle Avenue and later, in 1974, moving to the basement apartment of a brownstone owned by his closest friends from art school, Arnold and Anita Lobel. New York was one of Gedney's favorite subjects, and over the years, he photographed parades, revivals, holiday shoppers, automobile shows, Washington Market, Times Square, Coney Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. There was one particular bar in Brooklyn, O'Rourke's, that he visited, wrote about, and photographed often in the early 1960s. In 1969, William Gedney compiled two notebooks devoted exclusively to Myrtle Avenue, the street on which he lived. That year he also began a series of photographs from his apartment window, his view of the commerce of life under the elevated train. One of the last series Gedney undertook was to photograph the yearly parade commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots.
    His collection is held at Duke University:

    William Gedney Photographs and Writings

    Seems this ^ might be the link you're looking for ...

    From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed throughout the United States, in India, and in Europe. From street scenes outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney recorded the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy ...

    Copyright, Citation, and Reproduction Information

    The materials included in the William Gedney Photographs and Writings Web site are provided by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library for the purposes of research, teaching, private study, or general interest. For these purposes the images and transcribed texts may be viewed and printed. (more . . .)
    Gedney shot tons of pics of Brooklyn, with a slew covering trains + subways.

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    Default Breathtaking photos, Radiolab! Have you ever published a book of them?

    Breathtaking photos, Radiolab! Have you ever published a book of them?

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    Thank you so much for this helpful information. You certainly did a lot of quick research!

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