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Project 4 (2)

In the twenty-first century as since, well, forever, we’ve always tried to have the most convenient route possible. Many times we try to find the quickest route imaginable because we want to get to our destination for whatever reason, work, class, etc.,. When we plan a trip or vacation somewhere we don’t necessarily look for the most ‘beautiful’ or ‘longest’ route possible because it’s just not something we normally do or think of.

As we go on with our days we seem to have lost the touch of exploration, similar to Will Self, whom walked from JFK International Airport to his hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. That is exploration.

I’ve created a mere alternative route upon leaving the Borough Hall (2, 3, 4 & 5 trains) orCourt Street (R) stations. Ideally it would take about 15-20 minutes give-or-take from the station to City Tech. Most of us likely get off from the metro and head as fast as we can straight along the street we face. This is likely Remsen Street or Joralemon Street and then turning into either Jay or Adam Street. The proposed route I’ve created takes you, the walker straight to Court Street itself and headed northward for the Manhattan Bridge.

Walk straight along Court Street and as you walk, you can pause and admire the architectural design of the Borough Hall building right outside. Though it is not used much, it is still a sight worth admiring. The Borough Hall building and surrounding buildings lets you take in what Brooklyn looked like back in 1800s before Brooklyn became part of what we now know as New York City. The area surrounding the Borough Hall building is Brooklyn’s own smaller skyline in front of the skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan to the west. When Court Street becomes a curved road, walk onto the pavement on Cadman Plaza and proceed to the centre where the trees leave an open space. Take a breather and take a moment to take in the surroundings. Look south along Court Street and you will notice the stark difference in how the streets look. Court Street would appear to be a modernised view of Brooklyn meanwhile the street to the left would appear to be a bit more old fashioned. Borough Hall is the centre piece of this juxtaposition of what you can call past and present. Continuing to walk northward you’ll see a fountain and listen to the sound of the water as it flows from the fountain, assuming it’s sunny or at least not sleeting or raining. To the north end of Cadman Plaza, is the Korean War Veteran’s Park which is accessible by continuing to walk straight ahead through the tree line. It’s almost as though strolling through Central Park is all the same. This area is designated as a memorial for the fallen in the Korean War of 1950-1953. Depending on how you may feel, it’s courteous to pay respects to the fallen. Being in there can bring a sense of peace and tranquility. It’s quite calm being so close to the street where cars hustle and bustle to get somewhere.

Upon reaching Tillary Street. It can be a bit decisive, continue or turn east toward Jay Street and to City Tech which is right next to where you’d likely be standing. Deciding to continue northward leads to the Brooklyn War Memorial. It is designated for men and women whom served in World War II and whom were from Brooklyn themselves. Similar to the Korean War Veteran’s Park it brings a sense of peace being there. The trees and the grass can help with feeling closer to nature. Perhaps even more so than at Central Park! A suggestion would be to take another breather and to perhaps sit in a bench nearby, enjoy the breeze a bit and take in the sights that you’ve witnessed through this route. A brief look into the historical point of view that is the area around Borough Hall.

It may be time to go to City Tech, simply turning east toward Cadman Plaza East and crossing through the extension of trees and grass will place you back onto Adam Street. City Tech is a block south along Adam Street and will be easily spotted upon reaching Tillary Street and then turning into Jay Street which is recognisable by the large sign and by a playground across the street.

Cadman Plaza is by no means Times Square or Union Square, however it too has it’s own respective sights to see. The area around City Tech is a great place to see and to get a glimpse of what Brooklyn was like in the 1800s, perhaps not identical or even close to mimicking it but you can get a sense of how much this borough has changed over the years and how it has developed into what it is today. Happy walking and enjoy!

Project 4 Self-Evaluation; Reflection

Project 4 was given to us at the end of November about a week before Thanksgiving break. The proposal was to take a walk and to create a route that deviates from the route to City Tech. We all had to come up with a variation upon leaving the train station and to take a more serene route. Similar to Project 2 which involved taking a walk in a given direction for fifteen minutes and to document what the path looked, felt, and smelt like. Unlike that project, this time we were more specific at our surroundings and environment in a more enclosed area per-say.

Project 4 felt a lot more simpler to do in the sense that it was more up front in what the directions were. Coming up with an alternate route to City Tech seemed like a much easier task than to document a random walk. This of course is my opinion. The amount of time invested in this project was fair in the amount of time we were given to start with. Planning the route from scratch took at most a few hours. Starting with the route I normally took to school it seemed easier to deviate in a certain direction. There was an area that I had begun to familiarise myself with such as Borough Hall and the Brooklyn Heights area.

Writing things down such as the description of the walk and the directions to and fro, took some time. It took a while to get things together because I felt it was too simple and needed a bit of a ‘something’ for lack of a better word. The walk time also had to be adjusted because it did not factor in certain climatic conditions such as rain, snow or sleet.

I personally don’t feel I excelled in any specific part of this assignment.

Diagramming Sentences

One method for writing sentences is to diagram them using a chart. The chart shows the sentence but almost in a puzzle like form. This was formerly used to teach new users of the English language but has since been tossed out and is not recognised by the Common Core. English teachers also agree and say that diagramming sentences does nothing to teach but how to make diagrams. Whether or not it is actually practical can be debated but one thing is for sure. It’s a unique way to write sentences.

The Nations of The World

If need be, this will be removed…

This is unrelated to class, but one that I feel is worth mentioning. The flags of various countries of the world were showcased in the lobby of City Tech. I’m not exactly sure why. Strangely I couldn’t find our American flag. Many countries I recognised right away such as, Honduras, South Africa, Uruguay, Spain, Taiwan, Ghana, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, China, Somalia, Ireland, Uganda, Mali, Australia, New Zealand, Palestine, North Korea, Ukraine, Germany, Algeria, Chile, Nigeria, Jamaica, Suriname, Singapore, Israel, Aruba, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. A beautiful sight showing the wonderful designs of all these countries’ flags. I do hope they stay in the first floor.

The flag of the Netherlands
Though I am not a big fan of their football team for eliminating my teams, Mexico and Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Brazil  last summer, I still like the design of flag of the Netherlands.

Field Trip!!

On September 22nd, 2014 our class took a trip to the Centre for Book Arts and the Rubin Museum. I think we were in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, though I’m not exactly sure. The trip was a very nice experience because we got to see what we’ve begun learning in class such as  ambiguity.

The Centre for Book Arts was fascinating as I’ve now seen how books are put together. Though it’s own exhibit was smaller, there were some interesting things to see such as what looked like a sculpture of a woman’s dress. As a joke I remember thinking to myself, “it looks like a giant Oreo stacked up”. During the speech about book binding I saw how much complicated it was to print things onto paper and I don’t think I would’ve had the patience to go through every individual letter just to write something into a poster. It made me grateful to printing from an ink printer and how easy it is now  than it was in the past.

I'm not sure what to make of this, but it reminds me of a woman in a dress.

I’m not sure what to make of this, but it reminds me of a woman in a dress.

The Rubin Museum is another story. Though a bit of a walk from the Centre for Book Arts, it too had great pieces of artwork to show. The museum had a variety of paintings that were… phallic shaped and in detail. A little unusual in my opinion but nonetheless very nicely done. Very stable as well, and no ambiguity to question of. Other than the phallic shaped paintings, I saw a particular one that showed what looked like a sci-fi prop. It was standing on its own legs and it liked like it could walk if given the means. Outside of the art, the building itself is very nicely built and designed especially the lobby.

I enjoyed this trip and I look forward to more trips like this in the near future.



Reflection and Life(?)

The very first project at I’ve had to do here has been very interesting. I feel as though it was a good way to help “break the ice” and it’s only natural that during the first few weeks and days of starting this chapter in our lives, that we feel awkward around all these new people  whom we’ve probably never known had the same interests as us. Post-project number one, I feel that I can now talk to my fellow classmates with much better ease rather than small-talk and the usual ‘hey what’s up’ clichĂ©. We all now have a sense of what we are like outside the classroom not so much as classmates but as friends. I probably couldn’t exactly express myself as well as everyone else but I hope that it doesn’t make me seem like an outsider.

It feels a lot different making a post on here rather than on a piece of paper to be collected and graded because on here I feel better writing. It may seem contradictory to what I had  mentioned previously, but in a some ways I feel more at liberty and I’m glad that we are given this opportunity to reflect on ourselves.

Personally, I really am not much of a blogger, though I will put in the effort to try and make ‘good’ posts on here regularly, as well as to perhaps see what everyone else is up to …