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Introducing the latest in metro street furniture: the Slounge
Purpose: to allow people waiting for the bus (no timely proposition) an opportunity to take a load off—in this case a fraction of a load—while preventing homeless people an opportunity to colonize  any flat space that is not the ground.
Design: a modified railing with acutely angled seat where one can plant one’s ass without actually sitting. It doesn’t so much provide comfort, as a partial respite from the discomfort of being on one’s feet for hours at a time. Requires users to assume a slouching posture, thus the name Slounge.
Design Drawbacks: One commuter’s seat height is another’s lower back level. Awkward design for New Yorkers of all different shapes and sizes.
Takeaway: Only non-seats three, in a location that effectively removes them from the line for the bus, where they could gain an actual seat if lucky and close to the front of the line. People seen using this piece of street furniture have very little hope for the near future and are willing to sacrifice their dignity in public for the slightest increase in physical comfort. They are on the verge of giving up on life or exploding in commuter rage.

Introducing the latest in metro street furniture: the Slounge

Purpose: to allow people waiting for the bus (no timely proposition) an opportunity to take a load off—in this case a fraction of a load—while preventing homeless people an opportunity to colonize  any flat space that is not the ground.

Design: a modified railing with acutely angled seat where one can plant one’s ass without actually sitting. It doesn’t so much provide comfort, as a partial respite from the discomfort of being on one’s feet for hours at a time. Requires users to assume a slouching posture, thus the name Slounge.

Design Drawbacks: One commuter’s seat height is another’s lower back level. Awkward design for New Yorkers of all different shapes and sizes.

Takeaway: Only non-seats three, in a location that effectively removes them from the line for the bus, where they could gain an actual seat if lucky and close to the front of the line. People seen using this piece of street furniture have very little hope for the near future and are willing to sacrifice their dignity in public for the slightest increase in physical comfort. They are on the verge of giving up on life or exploding in commuter rage.

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Away We Go Again (by thelexiphane)
The Cyclone at Coney Island—almost 87 years old and a National Historic Landmark—opens for the summer season Sunday at noon. The wooden coaster lacks the sheer size and technical marvels of modern thrill rides, but its pedigree is unparalleled. Is your lap belt tight? Is your mind strapped in? Because the Cyclone is a Brooklyn ride not to be missed. [Photo taken in May 2013]

Away We Go Again (by thelexiphane)

The Cyclone at Coney Island—almost 87 years old and a National Historic Landmark—opens for the summer season Sunday at noon. The wooden coaster lacks the sheer size and technical marvels of modern thrill rides, but its pedigree is unparalleled. Is your lap belt tight? Is your mind strapped in? Because the Cyclone is a Brooklyn ride not to be missed. [Photo taken in May 2013]

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Photos posted to Facebook by Coney Island chronicler Bruce Handy this morning show the removal of approximately two-thirds of the boardwalk mural painted on the New York Aquarium Education Hall. The 15-foot-tall 211-foot-long mural was painted in 2006 and features an aquatic landscape dotted with Coney Island amusement icons—some long gone—with hand-painted quotes and facts. The panel above featuring the Parachute Jump, The Cyclone rollercoaster, and a hammerhead shark was one of the removed portions.
Comments on Facebook indicate that the mural’s removal was necessary to reinforce a failing wall of the building. I do not know whether the removed portions were salvaged in removal or destroyed.

Photos posted to Facebook by Coney Island chronicler Bruce Handy this morning show the removal of approximately two-thirds of the boardwalk mural painted on the New York Aquarium Education Hall. The 15-foot-tall 211-foot-long mural was painted in 2006 and features an aquatic landscape dotted with Coney Island amusement icons—some long gone—with hand-painted quotes and facts. The panel above featuring the Parachute Jump, The Cyclone rollercoaster, and a hammerhead shark was one of the removed portions.

Comments on Facebook indicate that the mural’s removal was necessary to reinforce a failing wall of the building. I do not know whether the removed portions were salvaged in removal or destroyed.

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I love Coney Island, but I love it most in the dead of winter. One could dismiss this affection as a moody infatuation with the melancholy landscape of a deserted windswept boardwalk, but it is not that. Coney Island is not deserted in winter; it teems with life—characters, residents, diehards, pilgrims, and those drawn to the sea regardless of the season. As each summer’s crowds dissipate, they reveal a growing number of recognizable faces. The crowd becomes a community as the pace of life decelerates with the falling mercury. It is a sideshow barker’s cries slowed to a siren’s call. And I cannot resist it.

Thanks to Josh A. Kapusinski for this beautiful piece of filmmaking.

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