Thursday, August 03, 2006

WHERE WAS I? Leave your guess in the comments section!



Wavy Effect: flash-gear.com
Photo: David Marc Fischer

41 comments:

gary said...

PS1?

Debbie said...

Were you back at Coney Island?

David Marc Fischer said...

Debbie, you're cooler than Gary.

gary said...

were you in Queens?

David Marc Fischer said...

Gary: No, I wasn't.

Debbie said...

Were you in someone's loft, in Manhattan?

Dolph said...

Might you be at Asser Levy Pool on East 23rd Street?

David Marc Fischer said...

Debbie: Not in this case (and hardly ever, at any rate).

Dolph: That's the least cold guess so far.

Dolph said...

Dry Dock pool on East 10th?

David Marc Fischer said...

Dolph, you're getting even less cold.

And by the way: Isn't this another good picture for the wavy effect? Try moving it side-to-side as well as up-and-down....

gary said...

Are you at a public swimming pool?

garyh said...

John Jay pool?

David Marc Fischer said...

No, I wasn't at a public swimming pool. And John Jay Pool is colder than Dry Dock Pool.

Dolph said...

The recently abandoned Fulton Fish Market?

David Marc Fischer said...

Dolph, you're warmer!

I can finally use the w-word (and the h-word) again now that the triple-digit days are behind us....

Debbie said...

Is that somewhere in the Pier 19 mall?

Debbie said...

That was supposed to be Pier 17.

David Marc Fischer said...

"No" on both counts, Debbie, but Pier 17 is warm. However, like the former site of that Fulton Market, it's a tad on the fishy side.

Debbie said...

How about the South Ferry Terminal?

David Marc Fischer said...

South Ferry Terminal: Too much on the fishy side and too close to Oyster Creek, New Jersey. In brief: Too cool!

Debbie said...

Is this in the lobby of a building?

David Marc Fischer said...

No, Debbie, it is not.

Dolph said...

Is this on a wall connected to the NY Post Building on Water St.?

(BTW, I'm posting this from a terminal at the Time Warner Express store at Queens Center where I am waiting to trade in my Broadband modem. My number in the queue is 319 and they are serving 302. So, I may be out of the WWI competition for some time. Argh!)

Debbie said...

Is the wall this image is on temporary or relatively permanent?

David Marc Fischer said...

Wow, Dolph--that's what I call dedication!

I think I know the building you mean...regardless, it'd be cool.

Full steam ahead!

David Marc Fischer said...

Debbie, the wall is relatively permanent. In fact, I think the wall and the image have been where I was for quite a while.

Debbie said...

Umm...David...we've been looking at this pic for 4 days now. Got anything else for us?

Dolph: How's that queue in Queens going?

Dolph said...

I'm back. After replacing the modem, I found I had to repair the wireless router. 45 more minutes on a phone queue.

I choose the NY Post building because the image is sort of fishy and the Post is best as fish wrap.

The walls and door look very drab. Is this a public institution?

David Marc Fischer said...

Very funny about your choice of the Post, Dolph. I concur!

It's not a public institution.

And I've already started to drop hints--little orbs of wisdom, really--to help you zero in on the location.

The guesses have already come very close. The more guesses, the more hints.

Debbie said...

A restaurant in South Street Seaport?

Noo Noo said...

Harry Potter?

David Marc Fischer said...

Harry Potter?? No, noo noo.

Restaurant in South Street Seaport? Despite the mouth-watering appeal of those steamers, the guess is still about as warm as Pier 17--close, but too much on the fishy side.

Dolph said...

Have we been around and around this? Is it at the South Street Seaport Museum?

David Marc Fischer said...

The South Street Seaport Museum is also warm but still on the fishy side (and too close to Oyster Bay). Go for the Gold--but don't overdo it!

Debbie said...

Oy! These clues, Davey-boy! Is this on Pearl Street perchance?

David Marc Fischer said...

On Pearl Street?

Why, yes!

Time to finesse....

PS to noo noo: I think I get it--those underwater critters from Goblet of Fire?

Dolph said...

It's a mural at the corner of Fulton Street and Pearl Street. But I'm not sure I can discern the context.

Debbie said...

Is it the Manhattan civic center?

the chef said...

88 Fulton Street

the chef said...

Bennie's Thai cafe?

David Marc Fischer said...

Congratulations to Dolph for locating the mural at the intersection of Pearl and Fulton. (It's on the southern corner, facing Fulton, but on this occasion I'm not going to be a stickler about that fine point.) And a tip of the fintail to Debbie for catching on to the Pearl clues.

I really like the mural--it's a sharp and witty design that, as I noted previously, looks great in the wavy format. For many WWI locations I've been able to offer loads of relevant details. But in this case I can only rely on some vague recollections. As I mentioned, I think the mural has been there for a long time. I believe that the store in that corner was something like Harrow's--a place that perhaps sold pools along with porch and patio equipment--but I could be wrong. (A pool store in NYC?) If memory serves, there's a small decorative and long-dry pool/fountain in front of the mural. All this is from a time when, I dimly recall, the area at Pearl and Fulton was in itself much more of a tourist attraction than it is today, full of day-glo colors and other little touches that would interest kids.

Think back. Does anyone else remember the area that way, from the late Seventies into the Eighties? That big lit-up clock? The metal outdoor seats?? Are they still there??? I'll have to look when I'm back in that part of town.