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Andrea Lauren Weller  Digital photographer, analog user experience expert, passionate environmentalist.

This is Jamaica in February. 🏝🐠🍹 No, not THAT Jamaica. This is Queens. The Jamaica “station was built in 1913 when the LIRR was expanding its services in Queens and other parts of Long Island and was looking for a bigger location for its offices.” (Ivan Pereira, Times Ledger) “In 2006, the MTA completed a $387 million renovation project, begun in 2001 and carried out in conjunction with the construction of AirTrain JFK's terminal.

The project had two goals: Passenger-oriented renovations included new platforms and pedestrian bridge, a central elevator bank linking the LIRR to the street and to the Sutphin Blvd subway station, a new mezzanine connecting to AirTrain and a new steel and glass canopy over the elevated tracks. The focal point of the project was the Jamaica Control Center, built by Tishman Construction Corporation and Bechtel. The JCC houses the LIRR offices, railroad control center and MTA Police. Overall, the renovations enlarged the station and have made it more modern and efficient, providing easier access to all eight LIRR tracks. The entire station complex, including AirTrain and the subway, is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The project was named "2006 Project of the Year" by the Long Island branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.” (Wikipedia)

I’m always pleased when we update our public transit corridors and junctions. This is a democratic investment into our future as earth inhabitants. Now this station serves me when I venture into Queens for work, and snacks, and it’s not too shabby if I do say so myself. See I figure that this is a super long caption with lots of boring parts. So my question is, is anyone still reading? I can pretty much say whatever I want at this point because my text has become textural and no one in their right mind is still reading this. If you are still in fact reading this drivel, what’s your favorite snack in #Queens?

New vs. Old: An architectural stare down/façade off. This is the new Fulton Mall.
@lukejspencer for Atlas Obscura wrote: Built between 1906 and 1908, the Dime Savings bank instantly became one of Brooklyn’s most monumental buildings. The exterior was designed to resemble a neo-classical temple, with fluted columns leading to a domed roof. High above the main entrance was a statue of a young man preparing for his day’s work, next to an elderly gentleman enjoying the fruits of a productive life. With the outside walls decorated with winged bronzes of Mercury standing over the Brooklyn Bridge, the wedge shaped building certainly exuded a grandeur akin to that of the Parthenon.

Now, like nearly everything in Downtown Brooklyn, it’s covered with scaffolding and under construction. Also now, the dime you could open a savings account with is worth about $5. Time is weird people and I haven’t been able to pause it yet. All I’m saying is save your pennies. The future is expensive.

Dream house. Dream car.

Tile shopping with a view! Though the view is more iconic than the building, its history is interesting. Here’s a little bit of it as told on the Porcelanosa website:

The architects Ely Jacques Kahn and Albert Buchman designed this building, spread out over six floors and over 1,500 square metres in 1918. Built during the First World War, it hosted the General Outdoor Advertising Company for a long period.

Previously, the area was occupied by a reddish stone building in 1857 that housed from the headquarters of the New York Club or the Madison Square Bank to an emerging Cosmopolitan magazine or the prestigious Bertlitz language school.

After that Kahn and Buchman’s projected building, A.C. Gilbert Toy Company was established in it and then it was renamed as the Gilbert Hall of Science, an amazing space that attracted hundreds of onlookers who would put their heads out the circular windows of 25th Street to watch the model trains that circulated inside. A.C. Gilbert Company was the manufacturer of the first and extremely well-known Meccans as well as chemistry sets and telescopes. Icons of the industrial revolution, innovation and science, and all turned into games.
The company founder, Albert Gilbert, became a legend, getting the National Council of Defense not to stop the production of educational toys for Christmas during World War II. He argued that children, those who then played with toys that his company designed and manufactured were the engineers and architects of the future.

In subsequent decades, the Commodore Criterion hosted toy and Christmas decoration companies, and until recently, you were able to see in its shop window the sets of musical games on a scale that turned its shop front into something unmistakable.
Those children who learned how to become engineers by playing had grown, and after a thorough restoration led by Foster + Partner studio, this iconic building will be renamed as PORCELANOSA building, a space dedicated to architecture and interior design aimed at the most professional profile in the New York metropolitan area.

Hancock Street was landmarked in 2015 as a part of the Bedford Historic District. This Street is the quintessential Brooklyn brownstone block complete with a good lot of characters residing behind those facades. It’s always reminded me of Sesame Street in the best of ways.

Continuing this series of Brooklyn landmarks in the snow, the Prospect Park Boathouse boathouse was declared a city landmark in 1968, even before the park itself was landmarked in 1975. The historic preservation movement in the US was spurred by the BQE routing through Brooklyn Heights and the old Penn Station being torn down. Landmarks legislation as passed in 1966 and this building was saved just 48 hours before it was scheduled to be torn down. Never underestimate the power of outraged citizens. #resist

Snowy neighborhood portrait time! The landmarked former Girls’ High School is part of multiple historic districts as well as being individually landmarked for the last 35 years. “Over the years many influential women graduated from Girls High School. Graduates include Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, as well as Shirley Chisholm and Lena Horne.” (Thanks, @Brownstoner) This building gives me great joy as I walk past it nearly every day. Still actively used for adult education. #educateyourself

#tbt to the other weekend when we skied our asses off. I had to take a break and walk around in these frosty moody trees to rest my muscles. #imstillsore #isitspringyet

Not what our morning looks like in NYC. Maybe we’ll have better luck with this #snowday thing tomorrow. #❄️

It may be March but it’s still a #winterwonderland out there.

Actual sunrise! When I’m on east coast time in the mountain time zone I actually get to see these sorts of things. #viewfrommybed

Dear Mountains,

Lookin’ good!


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