Another New York: Night/Shift

“Just as twilight is a kind of fluid boundary between daylight and full night, parts of the city are boundaries between past and present, rural and urban, habitation and vacancy. Exploring the border between Brooklyn and Queens one evening, I discovered such a place behind the large neon Pepsi Cola sign on the East River. For years, I had seen that sign from the Manhattan side as a kind of commercial icon. Now, I was suddenly on a construction site, with bulldozers and backhoes parked for the night. The earth was beautifully plowed, dark brown and scored with tracks, as if on a farm. I was startled into a vision of Manhattan’s rural past, ensconced and hidden behind the great red sign.”

— Lynn Saville

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