The Bronx Riviera

Orchard Beach

By the time I got to Orchard Beach, I was jet-lagged and needed a moment to adjust and cope with the environment. It took me almost two hours to get there from Brooklyn. I first got on the G train, then the blue line for a few stops, then hopped on the 4 uptown express … Continue reading

The Freedom Tunnel

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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 … Continue reading

Hasidic Brooklyn

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Walking in the Hasidic portion of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is a bit of a surreal and anachronistic relish. I found this isolated neighborhood, home of the ultra-orthodox Satmar community, particularly photogenic as it seems suspended in time and contrasts heavily with the continuous metamorphosis observed in adjacent neighborhoods. On Saturdays, during Shabbat, bearded men wearing … Continue reading

The Ruins of an Empire

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Motown has ran out of gas. The city looks like a ghost-town or a place that has been hit by a typhoon. Some areas even look like war zones. As I drive around downtown Detroit and in the adjacent neighborhoods below the infamous 8 mile road that defines Detroit’s northern border, I have post-apocalyptic visions. … Continue reading

Best of 2011

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Here is a look at some of my favorite images of the year taken in New York city, Berlin and Paris. 2011 in numbers: 3422 frames shot, edited down to 689 images uploaded on flickr. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
 All rights reserved. Une production de Brigand © 2011

The Atrium: Abandoned Palace in Downtown NY

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After reading that this magnificent 9-story abandoned building will soon become a luxurious hotel called the Beekman Palace, I have decided to contact the developer to see if he would eventually let me in…which he did, after throwing him a couple of bucks. I have to say that legal urban exploration is definitely not comparable … Continue reading

Le Ciel de New York

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I paid the Lady Finger a visit yesterday with the idea to capture “The Sky of New York”. The rooftop of the south elevator tower is the highest point in South Brooklyn and probably gives the best 360-degree view of the big apple. From there, you have a full frontal view of Lady Liberty, the … Continue reading

Wings (with me)

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I had the opportunity to follow my friend Chris Arnade this summer during his favorite pastime: chasing pigeons and meeting pigeon keepers. Getting up on the roofs was quite a journey, but once up-there, it was an astonishing spectacle. It encapsulates everything I love about street photography. Poignant stories from raw characters, splendid urban sceneries … Continue reading

Romantic Reflections’ photo-shoot & behind-the-scenes

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Two years after Audiocentric, Jason Minnis and I collaborated again earlier this month on his latest musical project: Romantic Reflections. Jason is a Brooklyn based producer & classical pianist and he asked me to take the lead on the visual concept of his classical piano EP. We did a ghost-dog style photo-shoot on a roof-top … Continue reading

The Grain Terminal

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On the far side of Red Hook Park’s soccer and baseball fields, locked-up behind a fence made of enormous concrete blocks, lays the last vestige of Red Hook’s industrial grandeur: The New York Port Authority Grain Terminal. This massive 429-foot long and 12-story high beige-colored fortress was built in 1922 for the purpose of washing, … Continue reading

Lavender Lake

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The Gowanus Canal is located in the heart of Brooklyn, bordering the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook. When the canal opened in 1866, it quickly became the nation’s busiest commercial waterway and also the most polluted. The resulting growth of foundries, oil-storage facilities, dye works, printing plants, cement factories, tanneries, coal yards, chemical … Continue reading

Mount Edgemere

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“Mount Edgemere” used to be one of New York’s favorite garbage dumping spots. Over a period of 53 years, the City’s Sanitation Department stockpiled tons of trash and when the dumping stopped in 1991, the city accumulated a 70 feet high hazardous waste site. The former landfill located in front of JFK airport on the … Continue reading

The Berlin Walls

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In 2005, Berlin was designated “City of Design” by the Unesco. I looked-up on-line as I was curious to see which criterion and characteristics were taken under consideration by the specialized agency to appoint the distinction. According to them, it is a blend of cultural landscape fueled by design (architecture, urban planning, monuments, public spaces, … Continue reading

Bottle Beach

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Dead Horse Bay aka “Bottle beach” is not precisely a beach where you want to walk barefoot. The beach is filled with thousand of glass bottles, old and new, intact and in-pieces. It is where bottles go to die. According to the NY Times Dead Horse Bay “sits at the western edge of a marshland … Continue reading

Abandoned Greenpoint Warehouse

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Today, I managed to step inside an abandoned warehouse in front of the Greenpoint Terminal Market complex in Brooklyn. Although the building did not had abundant photographic materials to offer inside, the roof-top revealed an amazing view of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg East River waterfront as well as the famous “Save the Palestine” water tower located in … Continue reading

The Iron Triangle

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Willets Point is a chaotic little piece of land on the outskirts of Queens, adjacent to the Citi Field, the New York’s Mets new home. This is where you go if you need to get your car fixed, get shiny rims or change your windscreen. Also known locally as the Iron Triangle, it is the … Continue reading

Glenwood Power Plant

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Between the Glenwood Metro North station and the Hudson River lies the abandoned Yonkers Power Station of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, a massive building which was constructed between 1904 and 1906 to hold electrical generators to provide power for the electrfication of the railroad nearby. The plant ran into the early … Continue reading

Bushwick Industrial Train Tracks

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Here are a couple of shots of the old industrial train tracks that zig zag through east Williamsburg, Bushwick and Maspeth in Brooklyn. I teamed-up with Billy on a cold and sunny Saturday morning to visit what used to be a thriving freight and commercial passage. Images by Charles le Brigand
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Deep Down In ‘The Hole’

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The “Hole” is a bizarre place. It is the kind of spot that Joe Pesci would choose to stab a fella with a butcher knife. I am not familiar with southern USA, but this is how I would picture rural Alabama. Flooded fields, reeds, empty lots, abandoned houses, old cars and broken-down trucks. Few blocks … Continue reading

West Side Tennis Club

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The West Side Tennis Club is a private tennis club founded in 1892 in Forest Hills, Queens NY. In 1923, when the United States Lawn Tennis Association National Championship (known now as the U.S. Open) moved to Queens, the club constructed a 15,00 seat – horseshoe shaped – stadium that still stands today. The club … Continue reading

The Adler Hotel

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Sharon Springs, located in the Mohawk Valley in central New York, was once a highly fashionable bath resort town for wealthy New Yorkers, as well as European and Judaic visitors. During the 19th century, this tiny village became world famous by virtue of the therapeutic benefits of its mineral springs, which contain high levels of … Continue reading

Unnecessary Objects

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…the story of a brownfield and a fellow In 1896, a massive multi-story structure was built along the shores of the Gowanus Canal in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. This prominent edifice was once a coal-fired power plant owned by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. But over the past two decades it became a prime spot for … Continue reading

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