Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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I spent the night at Coney Island. Took about 300 photos, too.

This one though, was obviously taken with my cell. As seen a number of times on my moblog in the past, this is the one and only Coney Island Wonder Wheel.

The wheel has been in operation for 85 years, and has never had an accident. It's incredibly low-tech. Its operation is not computerized in any way. It works on basic physical principles using simple gears and cams.

The Wonder Wheel is unique. The inner ring of cars (blue and red, not like you can tell in this crap image) swing on tracks about 15 feet long. The white cars on the outer ring are stationary. They get a better and more stable view, but you don't get to swing out over the Zipper or Dante's Inferno (which used to be called the Hell Hole, back in the day.)

It was given Landmark status by the City of New York (NYCLC protection) in 1989.

Before I get comments from random people who may be bemoaning the new development project at Coney Island and continuing the rumor that "it's all being torn down after Labor Day", the Wonder Wheel (along with the Cyclone, Parachute Jump, Nathans Famous and the freak show ARE NOT slated for demolition. I know for certain that at least four of the five are protected by the NYCLC, and it's possible all five are covered by that protection (I'm not sure if the freak show is or not. I know for an absolute certainty the other four are.)

And yes, I did go on. I go on every year. (On a swinging car, if it matters.)

Tori says:

I am not that great with heights.

26th Aug 2007, 06:43