Archive for December 10th, 2014

New York is a forever changing place. Everything from its buildings, to its parks, its roads change. Even the people in New York change. With the passage of time things start to get old and corrode. This forces people to change things. When things start to change people often forget or they struggle to remember what was there. According to Colson Whitehead new buildings that are made would be considered a ”new” New York. The things we forget and are left in the past would be considered the ”old” New York. That New York most people wouldn’t know about because it isn’t part of there New York. They didn’t see it, so it isn’t part of there New York. The new building that are erected now would be considered their New York because they were there to witness it.  The ”old” New York may be in the past, but it isn’t completely lost. The people who were there, would be living proof that the ”old” New York existed. Some places can be juxtaposed with each other to show the ”old”  New York with the ” new” New York.

You usually don’t pay attention to what was there before. You’d walked the same place over and over again, that you’d get accustomed to that place. You don’t notice when a store is gone until your ready to actually go there. Things change in your neighborhood and when they do, a little of your New York is chipped away. That deli across the street could change into a 99 cent store at any moment. When it actually does you will gain a new edition to your New York, to replace the New York that was taken from you. All the new places you go to will become part of your New York.

For example I walked down Court Street, and saw all the big court houses. They gave off and an old feeling. Right next to the court houses was Columbus Park. What I noticed was that the people who were walking near the court houses had suits on. They looked really busy and they were rushing to places. They lived in a completely different ”New York” that I wasn’t used to. There ”New York” probably involved a lot of hustling and bustling. Then their was the people walking through Columbus Park, they had a more relaxed feeling to them. They were either walking there dogs or just taking a stroll. Their ”New York” must of been completely different than the court house people because they felt more relaxed. These two places when juxtaposed together show two different aspects of New York in one area. Its shows the busy professional New York compared to the laid back, relaxed New York.

As I continued walking down Court Street I eventually made my why to State Street. Here I realized, that compared to how the courts felt on Court Street, it gave off a more busy feeling but it was different. There were a lot of stores and many people shopping. I felt like I was on Liberty Ave, Queens. The place had a more dirty view but a lot of people were still there. The many store, like Starbucks, Barnes & Nobles, the theater, etc, attracted the people. These places had a lot more people than the court houses and the park and their ”New Yorks” were completely different. The people that travel here would probably be here to eat and do shopping. Compared to the busy, professional New York and the laid back, relaxed New York, this New York was different. I realized that a lot of the people there were students. There were also a lot of construction sites. This caused the place to be much more noisy then the court houses. This made it seem like it was the loud unprofessional New York. The construction workers were either fixing old buildings or replacing them. This means that a little of everyone’s ”New York” was going away. This also mean that the new buildings that would be constructed would help replace the ”New Yorks” they lost. People might never want to acknowledge the new building, like how Colson Whitehead said ” I would never call the Pan Am building, the Met life building, because that’s he would always remember it as the Pan Am building”.

No two places in New York are the same, but they do carry some similarities. For example, the two place I listed above are completely different, but if you paid attention to some details, you could fine a lot of similarities. For example both places were in Brooklyn and they had people inhabiting them . Though each person would have their own ”New Yorks” because everyone’s different. For example the people on Court Street, next the the court houses would be accustomed to walking briskly through the quiet streets surrounded by old buildings. Where as the people by State Street would be more accustomed to noise because more construction is there. Although the buildings on State Street are fairly newer than the ones on Court Street, they do resemble each other in height. There wasn’t a lot of similarities because no two New Yorks are the same.

Everyone lives in a different part of New York. We all hold different memories according to where we went. This makes us all have our own unique ”New York”. Each time we go to someplace new we add more to our ”New York”. New York is constantly changing from its buildings to its inhabitant. This all helps build our own ” New York”. By going on this walk from Court Street to State street I was able to add more to my ”New York”. I was able to experience the ” New York” the lawyers and office workers have while walking down Court Street. I started feeling like I was back into my own ”New York” as I got to State Street. Everyone has their own memories that make these places special to them. Whether these places were to disappear later on or they completely change, our memories, would serve as living proof that these places truly existed.


Group4:Explore interactions by shifting hue and value.

Group4:Explore interactions by shifting hue and value.


Group3:Explore interactions by shifting hue, but not value.

Group3:Explore interactions by shifting hue, but not value.



Group2:Explore interactions by shifting value (with color)

Group2:Explore interactions by shifting value (with color)

Group1:Explore interactions by shifting value

Group1:Explore interactions by shifting value

The reading by Juana Summers showed how Pop Chart Lab took sentences from famous novels and diagrammed them. Pop Chart Lab is a design firm that used a long forgotten method to help better understand sentences. She explains to us about the controversy surrounding diagramming sentences. She begins to explain how it was used in schools long ago. She states that using the diagram makes it easier for kids to understand  to write and use correct English. From “An Education ‘Phenomenon’, Burns Florey and other experts traced the origin of diagramming sentences back to 1877. Their findings show that diagramming sentences came from two professors who worked at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Burns begins to explain how when it was first introduced it swept across Brooklyn rapidly, but as the years went by it started receiving harsh criticism. they started questioning if it should even be placed in English classes today. Burns says ”that there are two kinds of people in this world, the ones who love diagramming and those who hate it”. Burns also commented about how it never clicks to some students.

Upon doing project 4, I found myself having fun while doing my walk. I never would’ve believed that I would end up doing something like this. First of all I had to pick a route that I thought would have interesting things to see. Then I had to pretend to sell my route to others. I had to be as descriptive as my vocabulary would let me. I even had to do a presentation in front the class, explaining what I saw and how it felt to take my walk. This mean that I had to be very attentive as I took my walk because if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be able to describe it well.

The project really helped me improve the way see and perceive the world. I also got to know my surroundings better. When I was first going to do my walk, it was pouring. This discouraged me a little. Then when I finally did my walk,it was freezing cold outside. I really couldn’t catch a break with the weather. Even though I’m complaining a lot, I really did enjoy my walk. I got to walk through a nice quiet park and saw many shades of color. I got to see the different monuments and buildings. I even got a couple ideas of where I would go to shop for my Christmas gifts.

I spent a lot of time doing this project. It took hours figuring out what words I would use to help describe the scenery. Then I had to make sure it made sense and that I wasn’t babbling. I think I need to work on my vocabulary, because knowing a wide variety of descriptive words would’ve really helped with this project. If I could change anything about this project it would probably be how I presented during the presentation. I believe it would’ve helped me a lot if I had pictures to help describe my route. I did my best to explain what my route was about, now its up to you to take it.

Most people walk the same route to there destination everyday. They see the same scenery everyday. This cause people to start ignoring their surroundings. By doing this people block out any new sights that could be seen. People also like taking the fastest route to there destination. They try to avoid any detour possible, because it would make them late. No one likes to be late, but what if you had 15 minutes extra to spare, or maybe your professor decided to cancel class, but you can’t go home because you have another class right after. Theirs even the possibility that you just finished class and you don’t want to go home straight away or maybe your waiting for your special someone and you got there too early. Theirs many different reasons why you would have free time on your hands. You should take my route if you find yourself with some free time. You’ll have a fabulous time and you’ll get to know the surrounding area better. You’ll enjoy the nice fauna of nature and the beautiful architecture made by human kind. You’ll even have nice tasty food to chow down on, in case you get hungry. My route takes you from High Street, where you can the A and C subway lines to City Tech. You can use my walk to get better acquainted with the area.

Once you get off the train you should walk toward Middagh Street. There you’ll see the entrance to Cadman Plaza park. You’ll be walking through the park, so you’ll experience the natural beauty of nature. You’ll head toward the historical monument, dedicated to William Jay Gaynor. From there you’ll take the path with benches lined off toward the left. If you ever feel tired, you can always sit down and take a breather. While continuing down this path you’ll notice lots of different shades of brown and orange leaves. Since its Autumn you’ll be seeing plenty of those. You’ll then reach a place where you could either go right or left. If you take the time to look straight ahead you’ll notice trees line off on the right and left sides, followed by a green pasture of grass at the bottom. It’ll give off a magical feeling, like if your in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland.  From here you’ll turn right and you’ll start to see a big open field, where kids normally play. The field is full of green artificial grass, but you still get the idea of staring at a big open pasture of real green grass. You may even feel tempted to lay down and take a nap on the grass. Their also benches here so if you get tired you could sit and rest without having to worry about dirtying your clothes. You’ll continue down this path until you start to see the United States Court House, you will be getting close to the end of Cadman Plaza park. Upon reaching the exit, if you turn and look behind you, you’ll see two statues of two ladies. This is a perfect example of man made beauty.

Upon exiting the park you’ll be on Tillary Street. You’ll walk down toward the post office. The building looks very old and doesn’t look like a modern day post office. This is another perfect example of man made beauty. You’ll climb the steps and walk near the post office doors. Here you’ll see beautiful stonework and very intricate details most post offices don’t have. You can stop to admire the nice beautiful arches and pillars. The building itself makes you think you’ve traveled back in time, toward the Roman era.

While coming toward the end of the steps, you’ll eventually reach Johnson Street. Here you’ll be heading into Columbus park. Near the entrance you’ll see two statues of a old man and two kids playing around him. Their in this bushy area with flowering buds on them. It gives off a calming feeling. You’ll continue down till you reach these little red houses/shacks. The houses give off a nice vibrant shade of red. At this time of year people will be selling things for the holidays, so have money ready in case something catches your eye. You’ll continue walking until you start to see the Supreme Court on the left. Next to the court has a tall pillar with a statue of a man on it. The man looks as if he’s posing for a picture. A little past the court is Borough Hall. It has beautiful pillars that look like they came from ancient Athens. Toward the back is a kind of tower with a clock right in the middle. It makes you think you took a trip to London itself. On the roof of the tower is a gold statue of a woman, making you think its some sort of goddess reaching for the sky. In front of Borough Hall is a fountain that usually has water flowing, but because of the time of year its dry. You can still stop and admire the nice designs.

Lastly you’ll walk down Court Street. Since its nearing the holidays, most stores are dressed up. If you look off into the horizon you’ll notice a tall tower belonging to a chapel. You’ll walk toward it until you reach Joralemon Street. Turn there and walk toward the tall building with a lot of windows. You’ll start to see places where you could buy food. You can either stop in a Shake Shack or Panera Bread. If you want to go cheap you can go to McDonalds or Burger King. After appeasing your hunger you can head straight to class.

This route takes you to beautiful places, both natural and man made. You’ll see things that catches your eyes and many shades of color. You can enjoy a nice quiet walk through the park or go shopping. You have places to sit and relax or a nice wide place to run around. You’ll enjoy the nice foods. Taking the same route everyday can be very boring, especially if it doesn’t have anything interesting about it. If you take this chance and make a detour you won’t regret it.

The Route

The Pitch Draft