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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!

Summary: Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes

In the passage”Camera Lucida” Roland Barthes shows a sign of the true mentioning behind photography. Barthes shows images that are from the Koen Wessing, Nicaragua in 1979. There are many ways to show photographs that express the subject however, there is only few images that capture the forces. Barthes stated “Thousands of photographs consist of this field, and in these  photographs…one that is even stirred sometimes, but in regard to them my emotion requires the rational intermediary of an ethical and political culture.” In each image Barthes tries to show the situation presented and each photographs tries to show have an effect toward the people. Each photographs tries to question and get the people viewing to have a same perspective.  In the end photography is getting  people to understand what’s on the image is getting.

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.

Summary: A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport

In “A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport” Charles Mcgrath states peoples way of viewing and exploring the areas. Each area offers different viewpoints that can be spotted from the areas. The areas that are unknown towards areas that are familiar however yet hasn’t be completely not seen. Mcgrath introduces Mr. Self  a men who walks from the JFK airport toward discovering New York City. An example, is “There is a deep sadness to American poverty, greater than the sadness of any other kind. It’s because America has such an ideology of success”(New York Times). Mcgrath’s passage encourages people to  take a walk and look in there surrounding. If people walk they’ll understand what feeling and sense it gives, instead of knowing from pictures ans sketches. The area gets the person a knowledge and a new perspective.

Summary: The Boston Photographs

In the passage “The Boston Photograph” Nora Ephron describes the use of viewing a situation, how an image can affect many people’s view neither a positive or negative effect. During an accident photographs were captured and each photos had an image about the rescue occurring. However, in one of the picture it shows the women falling with her child. The child survive,the women fell to her death but the baby landed on top of her body. The photographs were published on the newspapers that were seen by across. In the passage, Ephron states “Seib takes it for granted that the widespread though fairly recent newspaper policy against printing pictures of dead bodies is a sound one…printing pictures of dead corpses raises all sort of problems about taste and titillation and sensationalism; the fact is, however that people die…Why not show it? That’s what accidents are about. “(pg 61.) An image can have both side a positive or negative effect but the people will continue to have an opinion. Either to try to see that the image of the women dying causes sorrow but people have to be inform more about what happen, what the situation was. A photograph was many words and meaning that not everyone will agree on, it has a powerful words that can make people argue.

Summary: Ways of Seeing by John Berger

In the passage “Ways of Seeing” John Berger describes the the way of viewing the outside world and viewing into a deeper meaning.However, John Berger try to force on how our perspectives have changed from before and now; how it will continue to change. Berger carefully describes the many ways of viewing the image and how our mind can trick us. He describes how our eyes are always moving and trying to figure out. Berger introduces the different work out art and examples of art work however throughout showing the different perspective of seeing the artwork. Berger states “The camera isolated momentary appearances and in so doing destroyed the ideas that images were timeless…The invention of the camera changed the way men saw.The visible came to mean something different to them.This was immediately reflected in painting.”(pg 18.)Berger mentions how peoples perspective are changing due to the technology. An example is the cameras, they can change the meaning from the original causing the people to view differently. Each person has a different view however having the camera image can change a people’s perceptive and sometimes, missing a detail. Berger’s passage just forces on the change of peoples view and how the change will continue as technology increases.  There won’t be the same perceptive from now to next time,its constantly changing.

Project#4 reflection

During project 4,  I didn’t really expect to do something like this for a project. I just thought we’re just gonna walk around, see things, explain it and that’s it, but actually doing the route and taking the time to  see what is around you and have a sort of connection or feeling or emotion from what you’re looking at and where you are. You want to show everyone or anybody how things are in your perspective. I thought project 4 was a good experience for me to explore somewhere different to find what interest you if the route was quiet or filled with beauty or involves happiness or etc. I like to share things I like to convince people to do something that I think would be appropriate to them  and even though I’m not that convincing a times, I try my best to really get people in the spirit of wanting to see or do something without feeling like “oh it’s raining/it’s not a good weather today”, “oh I don’t want to do this cause I’m lazy”, but getting that feeling of wanting to do something is relaxing, refreshing, and comforting.

In my opinion this project helped me mentally and physically because I can be lazy and just stay in bed or if I’m in school after my classes are done for the day,  I just sit & eat with my friends, but  don’t move around and see what’s around the area. I want to see what’s around the school. I never been around Brooklyn as much (I don’t live him Brooklyn by the way) and it would be really cool to just see what’s out there for me to see. Mentally,  I just overthink a lot and become stressful from tons of work I have to do and personal things but the walk helped my boyfriend ,whom was  with me on the route, and I. It helped clear our minds and and try to enjoy what’s to see, have fun with it. Also tried not to think it was a project, but a challenge. I had smile on my face and he had a smile on his face. It was good to see him happy, is good to feel happy and when I looked at the Brooklyn Bridge I felt like I accomplished  something and I wanted see more. I mostly focusing on the beauty of the bridge and see it in a different view and setting.  it’s just hard to explain but Sometimes I see things In artist  perspective and  it’s just amazing. I explain it more in my Pitch essay! Check it out!

Project 4….

With the development of society, the speed of people’s lives are becoming more and more rapid. So in order to make people feel about their lives are beautiful and colorful, make people be more interested in their route, not just one place to another, our group is intending to create an Aesthetic Map which helps you to know how abundant are surround you life. Maybe just take a couple of minutes detour, probably will change your definition of “the route to home”. Speaking of aesthetic map, today, we are focusing on three key words to explore our aesthetic route to home. They’re natural, crowded and great structures. Usually people like choosing the shortest way to achieve their goal which is opposite with our goal exactly. So we make a detour as an example that starts at City Tech to the subway stop, Jay St Metro Tech.

Going out of City Tech, usually, people like to take a right and directly go to the subway stop, but today we suggest turn left to explore a happiest route. The crossroad between Jay St and Tillary St is kind of wide so that you have to pay attention on those two traffic lights because they turn to red really fast. There is a safety island located on the middle of the crossroad. People stand on the island may work in different kinds of jobs. They may work for the strictest boss in the world, full of disappointments in hearts; or a student who is preparing for SAT examination anxiously. People stand on the smallest island in the world and watch the stream of traffic with different stories. However, just 3mins standing on the island, a feeling of peace will flow in your heart. You see cars come and leave, like those unexpected things, finally, they’re all going to leave. Everything will be fine. Simple and right. After a purification of the heart, then make one more left and walk straightly to the end of Cadman Plaza, after that, you’ll find the Cadman Plaza Park at your right hand where is a yellow ocean right now. When you walk in, you’ll hear a sound made by your steps and leaves fell from trees. Also, there are some kids play at the park sometimes who offer you pure smiles which are counted as a bonus for you.

After Cadman Plaza Park,  walking along Cadman Plaza W St, you’ll find another park, the Columbus Park. Different from Cadman Park,  several kinds of flowers are planted in the park. There is a statue of Beecher who was one of giants of anti-slavery movement in 19th Century in US. The government planed to close the park, but as a public space, it still there today must has a special fascination to exist. More interesting thing is, there is a market in front of the park and called Greenmarket.  The market only open on Tues, Thurs and Sat from 8am to 6pm. In the market, vegetables, cake and other daily supplies are sold. Deserved to be mentioned is everything in here is from farm or homemade which is healthy and fresh. With the decoration of vintage Borough Hall Subway Station, the market makes the street more like a small town in the movie. Even though outside is cold, but those sellers still bring the most fresh stuffs to you. They make the street warm.

We are almost at the end of natural journey, next we’ll go and find some great buildings. The Borough Hall should be on the detour list,  speaking the great of the Borough Hall, on the top of the building, there is a golden woman standing there with a balance and a wand which represent justice and equity. The style of the building is kind of a traditional government building, a triangle roof with six columns at the bottom. Standing at the corner of the street and watching the whole building, you’ll be attracted by building because it releases ancient but amazing charm. It gives you a impression of serious and you’ll feel like that’s the feeling of justice. Have you ever thought these elements that suppose far away from you, but actually you just pass by everyday? Don’t be surprise, still have something waiting for you!

As we keep walking along court St, we’ll welcome the most crowed,noisy and fantastic Street, Court St. Lots of stores are selling plenty kinds of stuffs, different from the market in front of Columbus Park, stores on Court St are selling manufactured products, from cosmetics to shoes, from lollipop to beer. You can buy anything you want.  Furthermore, with the sunset, the neon lights like a guide that direct you the way to home.  At the end of Court St which is also Fulton St, after you enjoy your fantastic route, you might feel a little bit tired, don’t worry, next destination is your final stop, your lovely home. The only thing you have to do is taking the right train and have a rest.

In the end, to decelerate our aim once again, we are trying to find an effective way to make your route more colorful and abundant instead of just a place to another place. Don’t worry about you cannot find a beautiful view, finally you’ll realize that the city is huge enough that you’ll get your ways diversely; the city is small enough that you’ll find the most amazing things just right on your side. To make your way more meaningful and beautiful, why don’t you find out the keywords firstly, go around and make a detour, or build an aesthetic map which could help you explore your life abundant.


Adversary- noun

an enemy or opponent

The word was found on December 7, 2014 on the online newspaper of the New York Times The word was found on the middle of the article “America’s Special Operations forces have played a central role in global combat missions since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the most notable being the raid into Pakistan in 2011 that killed Osama bin Laden. But the challenges of distance, weather, equipment failure, pinpoint intelligence — and unpredictable actions by the adversary — are ever-present.”

The word was used in the sentence to show to describe as the enemy. The word adversary is used as enemy to show the situation presented.


Pedestrian- adjective

not interesting or unusual

relating to or designed for people who are walking

The word was found on December 4, 2014 on the online New York Times. The word is located on the middle of the newspaper The word is seen in the start of the sentence “Planners envisioned an east-west underground pedestrian network radiating from two new aboveground landmarks: the Fulton Center, which opened in November and was built by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the trade center hub.”

The word pedestrian used in the sentence describes the location and how the planners view the landmark.