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I hate this

January 18, 2011
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Gothamist reports some really disconcerting news:

Yesterday, Jane Ludlam emailed us to let us know that the old rusted metal pier in the Hudson River at West 63rd Street was being demolished, meaning a little part of history is gone. The pier, known as Pier D, and the others (like “Spaghetti Pier,” Pier C, to its south) were once part of the New York Central Railroad; according to the Parks Department, “It was the primary departure, receiving, and classification area for the sole all-freight line on the island of Manhattan. Gantry ramps permitted boxcars to be rolled on and off barges that traversed the Hudson River.”

I never knew what those incredibly cool rusted out hulks really were, but I did know that they looked incredibly cool and were a living, slowly disintegrating piece of the history of the Hudson River shoreline.

Another one’s gone.

Now while I’m riding my soon to be illegal bike on the west side path and trying to avoid being ticketed by the jackbooted thugs for not hand-signaling (I’ll show you a hand signal), I’ll have one less cool thing to look at (and who is it that does those weird wood sculptures further north on that path? those are pretty cool as well.). 

(Jane Ludlam)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jco permalink
    January 18, 2011 3:42 pm

    I’m with you. That sucks.

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