On the George Washington Breathing Project: March 20, 2008

20Mar08

In which The Gay Recluse rather quickly gets lung cancer.

Time and Date of morning photograph: March 20, 2008, 6:54am.

Notes: One benefit of living in Washington Heights is that it’s truly like the 19th century, not only in the architectural grandeur that splays across the rooftops, but the daily emissions of 100-year-old boilers in apartment buildings owned by slumlords who exist completely outside the purview of city government.

Time and Date of evening photographs: March 20, 2008, 6:54pm.

Notes: Usually the exhaust in intermittent, but today this one was pretty much constant. Rest assured that nobody will do anything about it.

The oily black smoke of 100-year-old boilers disperses daily across the rooftops in Washington Heights, heedless of those who suffer from pneumonia, asthma and tuberculosis. Officials and politicians? Not even footnotes in this story, which is about the aggregation of capital and the relentless rise of the metropolis.

–The Gay Recluse, 9/29/07

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