Orchard Beach — Modern Classical Decrepit

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Found myself at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The place was designed by Robert Moses in the 1930s. The style is modern classical.  Today, large parts of the place, especially the bathhouse pavilion feels like a Roman ruin with its barrels, staircases, geometric ornament, and columns. An interesting and pretty tough combination of elements: sand, water, limestone, brick, and concrete. I like the swoop of the promenade along the way of the beach and the old modern kiosks, with their vernacular art deco look that reminds me of something out of Sponge Bob Square Pants. The place is not as lonely as the pictures I took. It was actually quite crowded, but not yet mobbed for the summer.

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About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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