VIDEO: Shot by the Galfromdownunder on the corner of 23rd St and 8th Ave NYC.
Music by Honest Charlie, sampled live in Tucson, AZ.
THERE'S a perpetually problematic corner on 23rd St and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. And I'm not referring to the stalwart sales associates handing out the Rite Aid and eyebrow threading leaflets either.
In torrential rain, this corner becomes a deep, impassable twin lake, causing pedestrians to walk an extra block, give pause, or if they're lucky to be wearing the ubiquitous Manhattan Hunter rubber boot (women only), slosh smugly right on through. When it snows, it becomes a glacier and lake combined - necessitating some mini mountain climbing (see video). Squint your eyes to block out the buildings, street and yellow cabs and you can almost imagine you're in watching National Geographic documentary on Greenland - before global warming set in.
I have no idea why the city hasn't brought in a truck with some concrete to build the corner up and solve the issue, but there it sits, year after year, like some kind of rite of passage: can you cross without kvetching? You're a real New Yorker.
|The intersection of 8th Ave and 23rd St: a confluence of two lakes!|
|This pooch gets a free ride|
|Negotiating, contemplating, then taking the plunge|
|It's Lake Michigan!|
|Poetic snowscapes against Manhattan's famous brownstones|
|She's still pondering the best way to get to the other side|
|This guy got completely stranded, then clearly said "what the heck: bye bye Armani shoes."|
I winced when I saw someone in converse sneakers wade right in.
|Time to get off and push it along the pavement.|
|Not much chance of this being stolen - your hands would freeze trying to saw open the chain ...|
|It's a beautiful thing unless you have to ride.|
|Some stunning ice sculptures at every turn|
|A winter wonderland brightens up the housing projects on 24th St.|
|Some great sculptural moments ...|
|This ExtraCycle had extra coldies to cart and we're not talking beer!|
|This guy was a mystery for ages - as you pass him he seems to turn towards you. He's ... its a trick - he's dish-shaped, creating the illusion.|