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*HighWaterLine* - Manhattan, East

For more information visit http://www.highwaterline.org
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start 7/13
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Beacons 7/14
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Start 7/15
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Well trod chalk line
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First installation of beacons
I had some problems getting my permits for parks in place (the regional managers were all great, but there were some bureaucratic issues), so I didn't get to do the installation in Canarsie Beach Park that I had planned to do as the first installation - it would have been a great install too. Instead, and perhaps somewhat fortuitously, my first install was here, at Corlears Hook on the Lower East side. It is a quiet, very pretty park right on the highway (oh yeah, and yuck). This gave me the time and space to really work out the kinks in the installation (so I was good and ready for Battery Park which was next!). It was a good day to relax and think about the project...
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The power station
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The East Village Experience
After having spent so much time walking around the South Brooklyn neighborhoods, entering Manhattan via the East Village was a bit of a shock. In Brooklyn everybody was in your business (which I loved!) people would come out of their houses or stop their cars to ask what I was doing. Kids were following me down the street. In the East Village? No one. Not a peep. Guess people aren't surprised by anything anymore. The couple of guys I talked to at the end of the day were actually all residents of Brooklyn, they just worked at the housing complex I went by.
Another not so shocking observation, almost everything below the line in this area, housing projects...
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Williamsburg Bridge