Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Brian Lehrer Live

Last Wednesday, I had an opportunity to appear on Brian Lehrer Live alongside Kevin Walsh from Forgotten NY to talk about guerrilla preservation and, in specific, Admiral's Row and Staten Island's Seaview Hospital. Here's a video of the segment:

There are a number of things I wish I could have gone into further detail on; in particular, I had prepared some little talks on the history of the sectile technique in terra cotta, in use from 1900-1910 and of which the murals at Seaview Hospital are some of the late examples of. I was also planning on talking at length about Admiral's Row, and in particular, about recent developments with the Section 106 proceedings on the property. As I was not able to, I will post a follow-up blog in the next few days, with some more information, but in the meantime, I would like to point everybody's attention to the official Army webpage on which further information is posted.

Being my first time on TV, I was a wee bit nervous, but I think the interview went well. The hardest part was not jumping in with epithets and invectives when Kevin brought up scumbag developer Bruce Ratner; since the interview was about preservation and old buildings, I didn't want to stray too far off topic. I'll get the Seaview photos up soon; they're several years old and shot on film, so they need to be scanned and edited before being posted on the internet.

On another note, apologies to you, my readers, for the lapse in posts - I've been too busy off taking photos and studying sites to edit any or get them up on the blog. In the next few weeks, though, I plan on posting a handful of new locations in New York and beyond.


Lisanne said...

Looking very dapper there Richard!!

Frank Jump said...

Way cool Mr Nickel! Congrats.

McGillicuddy said...

Thanks for your good work. Great job on the show. There is something so mysterious and powerful about a place like Seaview and others. I have seen Seaview myself and even have an industrial steel food tray I found in the nearby woods that works well for hor'dourves. Whether they are resurrected or left to be reclaimed by nature, I think we need places of the past to celebrate its art (if not its practices) or to demonstrate how ephemeral everything is.

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