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Here are previous installments focusing on background.

Sometimes the partial reveal and the juxtaposition highlight what’s on the shorelines, like those triple deckers in Bayonne that would blend in perfectly in many 19th century mill towns.

Or the hugely forgotten Singer plant in Elizabeth, hugely forgotten by most residents of Elizabeth, that is.  Imagine, if someone could turn the clock back on that one, 10,000 people would have manufacturing jobs . . . either sewing machines, or

weaponry of all sorts.


But one detail on the bank over by the NJ-side of the Bridge caught my attention.  So I thought these beams would be trucked from the disappearing bridge to a scrapping yard.  How surprised I was when the crane lifted the beam off the truck not 1000 feet from where they’d been on duty for decades and

lowered them

one after the other

to what might be a series of trucks below.  I can’t quite see what becomes of the beams on the ground at Bergen Point.  And I think that’s the Passaic small boat.  ??


All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Keep your eyes open and stay safe.

First two fotos thanks to John Dupee . . . barges and cranes can be beautiful as well as functional

and tireless like this tow at daybreak approaching the Williamsburg bridge with a light dusting of snow.

Barge Hartford, pushed by Juliet Reinauer, has two feet of freeboard, and later will look like

Lisa, light and exposing the architecture of her stern.

A spud barge pushed by a truckable tug I can’t identify is about to be eclipsed–except the spuds–by a light barge pushed by Melvin E. Lemmerhirt.

I’ve neglected barges . . . so a few more with unlikely names.

The name Alfalfa confounds me, as would Sandy Hook if I was unfamiliar with local geography.

More soon.

Photos, WVD.

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