In this video, Okiem Piotra walks around lower Manhattan’s financial district. Beginning at Battery Park/south Ferry Station, some of the landmarks he takes us to include: WTC, City Hall Park and Brooklyn Bridge.
Renovations are being undertaken on the Brooklyn Bridge later this year. Thousands of dollars have been earmarked for Navillus and MLJ construction companies to work on the two towers, replace walls and facades and generally improve the entire area. Over the last century-and-a-quarter the Bridge has – naturally – experienced substantial wear and tear. There is also much graffiti.
Photographer Mozes Victor Konig, Tel Aviv native said the following:
“Even though of course I know that this work is important, somehow I feel that it will be a shame to bid farewell to the graffiti. As such, I plan on doing a before and after shot of the area.”
Local photographer Michelle Kamuchi echoed Konig’s words:
“Who can not smile when they see ‘LOVE, LOVE, LOVE’ emblazoned on the middle of the bridge. Is the plan to remove thatas well?” she asked.
On the flip side, a few years ago, an observation was made about the
“large swaths of the promenade covered in graffiti…. A picture drawn on a steel beam shows a man’s private parts. In another section of the beam, a visitor crudely boasts of having urinated on the span.”
It seems there is definitely room for improvement. But still, we like Mozes Victor Konig’s idea about the before and after shots. Watch this space!