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May 30, 2007

Another Jerusalem


BLDGBLOG points to the most wondrous thing. Part of Manhattan is made of London. And Coventry. And Bristol. The Luftwaffe did its worst to England and ships unloaded of their precious cargo would return to the Americas with rubble in the hold...

When you're driving around on the FDR, in other words – or, for that matter, when you're simply looking out over the east side of Manhattan – you and your gaze are passing over fragments of British cathedrals and London housing stock, flagstones quarried from Yorkshire, the shattered doorframes and lintels – and eaves, and vaults, and partition walls, and bedroom floors – of whole towns, pieces of Slough and Swindon perhaps, embedded now in asphalt, constituting what would otherwise have passed for bedrock.

Down in the foundations of the city are other cities.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 30, 2007 07:07 AM