Saturday, November 28, 2009

Yellow Bollards, 2009

Yellow Bollards
1/4000 sec at f/5

A corral of retired bollards, remnants of Red Hook’s hard working maritime past. A bollard is a short wooden, iron or stone post used on a quayside for mooring ships. Mooring bollards are seldom exactly cylindrical, but typically have a larger diameter near the top to discourage mooring warps (docklines) from coming loose. For more info visit:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

FDR's Abandoned Railcar, Grand Central Terminal, NYC, 2009

FDR’s Abandoned Railcar
1/6 sec at f/4

This heavily armored railcar, reputedly used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has been abandoned deep below the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on a forgotten siding associated with Grand Central Terminal. The most curious feature is the car’s suspension system or “trucks.” They were designed to eliminate or reduce lateral motion (side to side swaying), possibly providing comfort to a paralyzed FDR. For more info visit:

Grand Central Terminal, NYC, 2009