58th St – Stonehenge 2058 (2nd Ave to Sutton Place)

39 – Our two leads meet here, while they shelter at colonial-era houses, left intact from the Incident.  They decide to start a settlement together.

39 – Our two leads meet here, while they shelter at colonial-era houses, left intact from the Incident. They decide to start a settlement together.

This is the location for a sci-fi flick.  The world in the movie is set in an alternate universe, where a nuclear bomb has exploded, and mankind survives in a few isolated settlements.  New York City is NOT one of them.

Our two gender-non-specific leads are outsiders, having been cast out from other isolated settlements in New England.  They have come South to seek shelter and a new home in the devastated island of Manhattan, lying at the periphery of the continental United States.

They find each other and become travelling companions and lovers.  They stumble onto Sutton Square, miraculously left intact after the Incident, but totally deserted.  They are inspired by the age-old architecture to create a new settlement here, which they call Stonehenge 2058, after another ancient monument – the only monument they remember – and the year of the settlement’s founding.

Soon, other stragglers come along and are taken in by the pair. But their peaceful sojourn is short-lived as they are faced with marauding invaders from across the Atlantic, who have travelled far from the Old World to seek new lands to colonise and peoples to subjugate.  This is the story of mankind’s resilience.

40 – A banner provides them with the inspiration for the shelter’s name – Stonehenge 2058.

40 – A banner provides them with the inspiration for the shelter’s name – Stonehenge 2058.

41 – As they keep going East of Manhattan, they come across abandoned vehicles, and long-dead skeletons within them.

41 – As they keep going East of Manhattan, they come across abandoned vehicles, and long-dead skeletons within them.

42 – They stumble onto an intact town. Overcome by the beauty of the architecture, and by the very fact that it was all still standing, they burst into tears.  They decide that here was where they would build their new lives.

42 – They stumble onto an intact town. Overcome by the beauty of the architecture, and by the very fact that it was all still standing, they burst into tears. They decide that here was where they would build their new lives.

43 – An old marble plaque reveals this place to be Sutton Square.

43 – An old marble plaque reveals this place to be Sutton Square.

44 – The townhouses here were empty, ghostly.

44 – The townhouses here were empty, ghostly.

45 – At the edge of the water, they both sit and contemplate the view of Queensboro Bridge.  It is silent.  They have found peace and shelter, or so they think.

45 – At the edge of the water, they both sit and contemplate the view of Queensboro Bridge. It is silent. They have found peace and shelter, or so they think.

F - Stonehenge 2058

F – Stonehenge 2058

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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