Monthly Archives: September 2012

11th St: Holy War (1st Ave to Broadway)

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Don’t be fooled by the outwardly placid nature of these three blocks just past Alphabet City. This is a battleground for Mankind’s soul. The Cardinal Sins manifest themselves here, in a multitude of seductive forms designed to part the pilgrim … Continue reading

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11th St: Scattered Edens (Ave C to 1st)

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The word “Paradise” comes from  the Old Iranian word “pairidaeza,” which originally meant “walled enclosure,” though over the centuries, has come also to refer more generally to a “garden.” Between Avenues C and A lie a trio of quaint, verdant … Continue reading

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11th St: The East Bank, or Paradise Lost (East River Park to Ave C)

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The East Bank is really the East River Park, built on landfill and former docks in the 1930s. It is inaccessible from 11th Street, as the latter is cut off violently by FDR Drive. To access the park, an oasis … Continue reading

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11th St – A Divine Comedy, or 1 3/3 Gods

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Mankind’s Fall looms large on 11th Street – this most pious and god-fearing of thoroughfares, extending not straight-forwardly but crooking and breaking off with little warning through the mediaeval quarter of South-of-14th, a collection of Villages East, Greenwich and West … Continue reading

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