Monday, May 01, 2006

About 184 Kent....


Hearse Outside 184 Kent, originally uploaded by rsguskind.

Hard to say exactly what's going on at 184 Kent, but the hearse parked outside yesterday was too good a photo op to pass up. The landmark Cass Gilbert-designed warehouse in Williamsburg, which was the subject of a nasty little landmarking-delandmarking dust up, is coming back as luxury housing (with penthouse apartments added to the roof) and tenants are moving out. Sure, the hearse (with a tag that, in effect, is "666") probably belongs to Duff's Bar across the street, but ironic symbolism is ironic symbolism. This might not have escaped the security guard who strolled up the street past me while I was shooting photos or the Hasidic gentleman who drove up to me, rolled down his window and said, "You need help?" (The nervous landlord?) Chalk that up as curious Hasidic encounter Number Four in Williamsburg while shooting photos. Who knew taking photos in Williamsburg would result in so many unexpected social enounters?

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