Friday, September 3, 2010

Super Post Panamax Cranes

October 2008

One of the best things about having access to the roof of our building, is the view over New York Harbour.

August 2009

We see Governor's Island, and the constant shipping and boating activity on the fabled waterway. We also see the huge white monolith - floodlit at night for some bizarre reason - that sucks out emissions from the tunnel that connects Lower Manhattan with Red Hook in Brooklyn. And superimposed on all this, we see my beloved super post panamax cranes, or, as I prefer to call them:

Super-Post-Panamatic-Saskwatch-Eating-Cranes. You have to say it fast. Channel Julie Andrews.

That's what I called the ones in Vancouver, when Vince still lived there, which are newer and even more impressive.

June 2009

I like cranes. I like their usefulness, their strength, their angles, their iron. I like their transcendence of change.

July 2009

The two cranes visible from the roof are just across the 6 lane BQE, in Red Hook, with its long standing ship-working history.

September 2008

The cranes far across the harbour in New Jersey look like dinosaurs coming to drink at an ancient lake.

October 2008

And my cranes look across at them.

September 2008

Lady Liberty between them, not waving but drowning.

October 2008

The other evening, while pursuing caterpillars on the farm, I looked west as usual at the cranes, and, suddenly, there was a building in the way...

An ugly building.

August 2010

When did that arrive? And how did I not notice it happening?

It's one of those nasty, instant condominiums. And it has cut off one of the cranes. My cranes.

August 2010

I walked past the building, which is on Congress Street, this week as I've discovered some tennis courts just on the other side of the BQE (where you can exercise and breathe in the fumes of 6 lanes of heavy traffic). The building is brand new, and I believe it was airlifted into place. Possibly by Jehovah's Witnesses. No other explanation.

2 September 2010

New York is under tropical storm watch and we're battening down the hatches ahead of Hurricane Earl. I hope we get some weather.

The cranes will be fine.
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