1. Astoria Scum River Bridge


    from Jason Eppink Added 80.2K 596 36

    Astoria Scum River Bridge is an unauthorized city improvement by Jason Eppink and Posterchild: http://jasoneppink.com/astoria-scum-river-bridge http://bladediary.com/tag/astoria-scum-river-bridge For more than twenty years, a leaky pipe on 33rd Street beneath the Hell Gate Bridge viaduct approach submerged more than a hundred square feet of heavily-trafficked sidewalk under a festering cesspool of standing water. Astoria Scum River, as it was called, stretched the entire width of the sidewalk, and as winter approached, the river iced over and became particularly hazardous to cross. Astoria Scum River Bridge was constructed to offer Astorians an opportunity to safely cross this hazard. The unauthorized bridge was a gift to the pedestrians of Astoria in the absence of successful municipal efforts to ameliorate the problem. The bridge was made at zero cost entirely from recycled materials: an old work bench found on the curb, rescued screws from a disassembled desk, and a metal plate from an expired electrical component. It was installed and dedicated on December 30th, 2009. On January 25th, 2010, Astoria Scum River Bridge was the subject of a commendation from the office of NYC Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr., accompanied by a pledge to work with Amtrak to re-route Astoria Scum River off the sidewalk. Two days later, Amtrak workers began construction work. Astoria Scum River was quickly routed off the sidewalk, and within a couple months, custom-made grates were installed to complete the project. The bridge, no longer needed, was de-installed on March 20th, 2010 and returned to the curb whence it came.

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    • Freedom Tunnel


      from Stephane Missier Added 41.9K 537 19

      Filmed and cut by Charles le Brigand All shots are video, no stills. Under Manhattan’s Upper West side, runs the “Freedom” Tunnel. Built in the 30’s by Robert Moses, the passage boasts legendary graffiti murals and piles of debris remaining of the past homeless city era. After using it for only a couple of years, Amtrak discontinued the line and left a massive cavern which later became a shelter for street people. Progressively, the tunnel turned into a veritable underground metropolis where thousands of homeless were living in organized communities underneath the city’s skin. The tunnel also became a prime spot for graffiti artists. Chris Pape, aka Freedom, was one of the pioneers and his work inspired the name of the tunnel. “Freedom” painted immense murals utilizing the unique lighting provided by the ventilation ducts, turning the tunnel into an extraordinary underground art gallery. Some of his most notable paintings survived for decades and are still conspicuous today (“Venus de Milo”, the “Coca-Cola Mural”, Dali’s “Melting Clock”,a self-portrait featuring a male torso with a spray-can head, etc.). In 1991, Amtrak decided to reopen the tunnel. The shanty towns were cleared out by the police and homeless were evicted. Although deserted, the tunnel is now an active train line and a stunning experience for urban explorers. It is a bizarre blend of dark and light, silence and rumble, solitude and multitude. As you penetrate the tunnel and walk along the tracks, the sunbeams perforating the ceiling and highlighting the railway gives the place a post-nuclear feel. Voices from children playing above in Riverside Park sound like lost souls and trains whistling and roaring through the ruins of the shanty towns send chills down your spine. This is one of the most uncommon and fascinating journeys I’ve ever taken. Video and words by Charles le Brigand For information please visit http://charleslebrigand.com/ or ldbk.eu/​carlito or email me here: charleslebrigand@gmail.com All rights reserved. Une production de Brigand © 2010 Music: "Ascendance" by Zenzile zenzile.com More Images here: www.flickr.com/photos/stephanemissier/sets/72157624396820178/

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      • Why Build High-Speed Rail in the Northeast?


        from Regional Plan Association Added 11K 30 1

        High-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor is critical to providing the capacity needed to support projected growth in the region. The Corridor’s $3 trillion economy, representing 20% of the nation’s total, is the direct result of our nation’s historic investments in world-class infrastructure. However, as our vital transportation arteries clog up, current budgets do not project similar investments to meet future demand. The Northeast Corridor must build high-speed rail in order to maintain the freedom and mobility that its economic health and competitiveness is founded on. For more information, visit the following website: www.NortheastHighSpeed.org (The Business Alliance for Northeast Mobility) Produced by Petra Todorovich, Nick Whitaker, Jeff Ferzoco, and Ben Oldenburg at the Regional Plan Association. Featuring Robert Yaro, President of RPA, Al Engel, Vice President of High-Speed Rail at Amtrak, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, 3rd District of Connecticut, and Paul Levy, President and CEO of Center City District in Philadelphia.

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        • wethepeople : Max Gaertig trailer


          from wethepeople Added 9,767 13 0

          Roman Scheid has put together the coming Max videorama, and this trailer so you knows what's coming, or not. Music is from flatlander Amtrak aka Michael Sommer from Austria! Clips filmed in Bontanamo Bay, central Germany.

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          • Lip Dubbing: Afternoons and Coffeespoons


            from Jake Lodwick Added 7,834 190 80

            I was on the train from Providence to NYC after visiting Eric. I sat next to a Parson's girl named Carolyn (spelling?). She let me look through her iPod and I tried to persuade her to do lip dubbing with me, but she sternly refused, even when I said "come on, it'll be fun!" I was pretty obsessed with Crash Test Dummies in high school, so I was overjoyed when I found God Shuffled His Feet on there (she also had A Worm's Life). As a challenge, I didn't review the song; I just hit play and went for it. I think I did pretty well, despite a couple of flubs.

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              from Elizabeth Weinberg Added 7,833 45 11

              Music: "Song for Kelly Huckaby" by Death Cab for Cutie

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              • Coast Protocol Episode 1: Goats, Boats, and Spinning Spokes


                from America ByCycle Added 6,577 21 3

                Nearly a year after returning from their last trip, the America ByCycle team gets ready to hit the road once again. Now accompanied with their new member, Alex R. Favacho, they head north to Vancouver where this west coast adventure begins. This video will be one of many which aims to highlight, interview, and get to know the people and places they meet along the way. With much gratitude and appreciation, they give their thanks to all who have helped them.

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                • EMD F9 Southern Pacific leads a passenger train today.


                  from Ross Waters Added 6,326 16 11

                  A friend of mine got to handle this train out of Spokane today and we caught him twice before leaving us in the dust. This train is headed for the MRL main and will be in Livingston MT for a couple days before shooting back to Spokane. Notice the woman on the back porch and how she gets smoked out when the breaks start cooking. Enjoy, Ross PS We're going to try to catch this train on its return, so hope I will be able to provide more footage of this F9 for all you EMD fans. Settings for Canon HV30 Channel Mode: Auto Recording Mode: HDV (60i) Filters on Camera: 43mm Promaster Polarizer Tape: Sony DVC HD 63min I shot most of this with a tripod, time was early morning with the sun about 20 -25 degrees off the horizon. I used the Polarizer mostly for an anti-glare as I knew I would be shooting the train going away from me. I wanted to maintain as much detail as I could due to the fact the cars are silver metal and the sun reflections would have wrecked the shot without it. Work Flow Pinnacle Studio 11 Pro Capture and edited using this software only. I rendered my final 1080/60i M2V to 720/60p to keep the picture smooth. I have found fast moving objects with hard edges work best if shot in 60i then converted to 60p. You do lose a little sharpness but I believe it pays out at the end.

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                  • Amtrak vs. Duane - 02/02/09


                    from swatspyder Added 6,104 4 1

                    http://digg.com/world_news/Amtrak_vs_Duane_Be_sure_to_watch_the_Colbert_Report_tonight Photography is not terrorism Taking photographs in public is NOT a crime Duane Kerzic was arrested for taking photographs of Amtrak trains for a contest, hosted by AMTRAK. Oh the huge manatee!!! http://carlosmiller.com/2008/12/27/amtrak-police-arrest-photographer-participating-in-amtrak-photo-contest/ http://carlosmiller.com/2009/02/02/be-sure-to-watch-the-colbert-report-tonight/ http://duanek.name/Amtrak/index.htm

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