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Walk with Bald Punk up Broadway to Canal Street

July 28, 2009 by  
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(Broadway by Bowling Green. It’s right up the block from South Ferry)

Are you busy? Can you come with me?

I got out of work early and have my camera with me. My idea is to take pictures the entire length of Broadway. When I see something that catches my eye — “SNAP!”


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I started down by South Ferry, where I had a small demo job.

It was pretty hot and humid and about ninety degrees.

That park where Broadway meets State Street is real nice. Don’t you think?

Right past the park is The Bull. I’ve passed it a million times and just before, because I was taking pictures for you—I noticed that he has huge balls.

I was sweating like a mofo and gave up real soon on walking Broadway from start to finish. I figured I’d just make it to Canal Street and hop on an uptown train. Hope you’re okay with that. Another time I can get pics of the rest of Broadway for you

Broadway by Wall Street is real shady (as in shadowy). Nice.

Over by City Hall where my friend Mike Bloomberg works, there was a bum on the sidewalk . He had one of those “work for food” signs. I was going to take his picture, but I didn’t want to invade his privacy. Plus I would have probably had to give him a buck for the pic and I was low on cash.

The funny thing is, because I was thinking about getting good pics for you (when I say you, I mean all my readers. I get hits from all over the known universe except from the UK) I was looking up and around, and was impressed by the place. I noticied lots of buildings that I didn’t before. I was surprised by how many have overhangs. I moved closer to the street in case something fell.

Years ago when I worked at Lehman Brothers, I had to shuttle crap from 3WFC to 2WTC, and also over to 2 Broadway, and I didn’t notice shit. I was young. A building was a building. I was more interested in the ladies.

I was most impressed by the Woolworth Building. The limestone was smothered in this sweet, creamy glow. I took a many pics of it for you, but in them you can’t see the cream!    🙁

I was also sniffing a lot–

You remember how in the movie Good Will Hunting, Robin William’s character says to Matt Damon–who was a savant– something like “… you could probably recite all sorts of crap about Michelangelo, but you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel?” You remember that movie. Good! That’s why I was sniffing . . . I figure it would be nice if I could smell something special for you.


(Sistine Chapel – I bet it smells like tourists = cologne, perfume and BO.)

By the time I got to City Hall the only smell I had for you was exhaust. NYC exhaust probably smells just like it does where you live. I was kind of hoping for maybe a breezy scent from the harbor or one of the rivers or the phantom smell of vanilla like the one they have in Gettysburg, PA(I’ll tell you about that another time).

One of my favorite short stories is “The Lingering Scent of Woodsmokeby Harlan Ellison. There’s this line in it: “Even under the smothering canopy of woven branches, they could hear the Vistula rushing fast and deep toward Czechoslovakia; they could smell the high Carpathians just to the north.” I was thinking about that line, too . . .

I totally forgot if I even heard a sound. It was like high school. I wasn’t paying attention. But I was zoned into taking pics for you!

Where was I?

Broadway! It has no smell–

Though right up around by City Hall I started to smell cooked shrimp. It was coming from a salad bar/deli of which there are a million in NYC. You know those places, they sell the green shit, and yummy hot food.

So to summarize, Broadway smells like exhaust and cooked shrimp.

Oh, when I passed City Hill the buildings got smaller and smaller. You can see in the pics. That’s cause as you head north there is less and less bedrock to build upon, that is, until you get to Midtown.

If NYC was all bedrock, I’d bet a billion dollars it would be all shady like it is on Broadway by Wall Street.

Speak about buildings tall-and-small- and-noticing things in NYC, one thing that will surprise you is how many 18th and 19th Century buildings you’ll find in the city. Maybe someday I can take pictures of all of them for you.

Okay, so we’re getting near Canal Street. I’m putting my camera away and gonna hop on the R-train.

See you later pal.

Your friend,

Bald Punk

Btw, I almost forgot to tell you! Right at the start of Broadway by Bowling Green you can see the Chrysler Building way up in midtown. I don’t know if you can see it in any of my pics. You’ll have to come to NYC and see it for yourself. (I’m required to say that because NYC loves tourist dollars. It’s because of you that we can put up huge, mofo hotels and put on shows that are like nowhere else.)

So–the Chrysler Building lines up perfectly with the center of Broadway. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never noticed it before. I guess my high school teachers were right . . .

I wouldn’t have noticed the building if I wasn’t taking pics for you! So thanks!!!

Lastly, did you know Broadway was originally laid out by the Native Americans. It was called the Wickquasgeck  Trail.

NYC is punk rock!



(Chrysler Building)

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2 Responses to “Walk with Bald Punk up Broadway to Canal Street”
  1. jo says:

    Sistine Chapel:
    It is almost odorless. The air is dry, light and cool, even packed with people.

  2. damions says:

    Great photo essay walking up Broadway from The Bull (he’s got some Big boys) up to the Woolworth Tower (spectacular) and all the way up to Canal, a lot of history…. cool fact about not being able to build tall buildings after City Hall until Midtown due to the bedrock, good trivia.

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