125th St – Demolition Depot (3rd to 1st Aves)

41 – The Demolition Depot – art from trash.

41 – The Demolition Depot – art from trash.

This final chapter of the Tale of 125th Street is titled “Demolition Depot,” after an actual establishment on the street, if only because everything between 3rd and 2nd Avenues at least looks slated for the wrecking ball.  Nothing may come in the way of gentrification’s relentless juggernaut.

At 2nd Avenue, on-ramps take vehicles up and away from Harlem, onto the Robert F Kennedy Bridge to New Jersey.  There is a melancholy stillness here, as though the street itself is sad to leave Harlem – all glass and chiffon – behind.

A billboard with Gisele’s face on it looms high above street level. It lures incoming traffic with visions of the American Dream – a dream that has as its basis, freedom to consume, and the absolute negation of identity.

Goodbye Harlem!  Hello America!

37 – View East along 125th Street towards Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

37 – View East along 125th Street towards Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

38 – View West along 125th Street towards the 4, 5, 6 train subway.

38 – View West along 125th Street towards the 4, 5, 6 train subway.

39 – Preferred Floors & Schmuckers.

39 – Preferred Floors & Schmuckers.

40 – Tire Repair shoppes.

40 – Tire Repair shoppes.

42 – On-ramp to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, during a moment of stillness.

42 – On-ramp to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, during a moment of stillness.

43 – Gisele, unattainable, high above Harlem.

43 – Gisele, unattainable, high above Harlem.

44 – Underneath the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, and the end of our journey.

44 – Underneath the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, and the end of our journey.

E - Demolition Depot

E – Demolition Depot

PDF: E) Demolition Depot (3rd to 1st Ave) (1.7 MB)

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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2 Responses to 125th St – Demolition Depot (3rd to 1st Aves)

  1. Doctorbc says:

    I thought. Of a city project. Taking the crosstown busses. In manhattan to complement your photos and essays.
    New you’re misses you

  2. Doctorbc says:

    New York

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