By now you all know the Russian Pussy Riot trial and the outcome, right? Last winter they burst into a fairly famous and influential Moscow cathedral using bad words and dancing to loud music to disrespect Vladimir Putin, and to call for his removal.
I remember, this didn’t seem wise at the time. The Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church are like Cheney and Sympathy for the Devil.
I can get away with that because I'm livin' in Ahmuhrika, but all three in Pussy Riot were convicted of “hooliganism” despite open support from Sting and Madonna and even Gary Kasparov, the Russian chess champ of old.
Prosecutors wanted three years, Putin asked for leniency (oh sure he did) and they got two in the Soviet Slammer. Two are Mother’s of young children. All will be gone for awhile. So I want to ask you.
There are times in our lives when laying it all on the line might make some sense. The closest I ever came was walking towards well armed cops protesting US involvement in Vietnam, but that ain’t taking on Vladimir Putin at the height of his powers, know what I mean? Vern?
The WestChester Avenue Train Station under the Whitlock El has been abandoned for decades.
Completed in 1906 by architect Cass Gilbert, Gilbert went on to worldwide fame as the designer of the Woolworth Building in the financial district, at the time the tallest building in the world.
In 1909 the NYTimes architecture critic called this station “exquisite”, resembling a Florentine palace.
Not anymore. The station was abandoned in 1937 when the New York and Hartford Railroad ceased to operate.
In this Google Earth view, it can be seen spanning the tracks so that both northbound and southbound trains could be accessed.
You can see in the upper right corner where the steel staircase down to the track once attached.
At various times it has been proposed as a possible Visitors Center with café and bike rental as a gateway to Concrete Plant Park, the reclaimed industrial complex visible on the right along the river.
But an engineering study recently concluded “the building is too small and the necessary repairs too extensive to make restoring the station commercially feasible, it just won’t bring in enough income.”
Without a restoration grant this wonderful old train station on the Landmarks Conservancy’s list of endangered masterpieces is likely to be lost to the vines.