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Stillmanville Woolen Mill (Connecticut Castings Mill)

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Exterior of Stillmanville Mill from the street. Approaching the Connecticut Castings Mill or also known as the Stillmanville Mill there were about three vacant boats lined up on the pathway to the mill in various states of disrepair and conditions. From time to time I have found various forms of recreational vehicles at various mills across the Eastern seaboard. From old cars to aquatic vehicles, I have found at least one vehicle whether stripped down to its frame or fully left to rot like it was left a few months ago. Mills always have something sequestered within the old decaying spaces within its walls. This mill was no different.  One of my favorites from here.  "Let me drive the boat" in my best Kodak Black voice Stillmanville would not be so named if it was not for the man known today as Oremus M. Stillman who established the industrial neighborhood as Rhode Island became the forefront of the American Industrial Revolution.  Along with where Canal Street runs, Samuel Br

Pop Smoke Mural No. 2

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This is the second mural installation of deceased Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke. This was done by Haitian artist Kenny Altidor who has done quite a few murals around the area which also include the late great Chadwick Boseman.  #popsmoke #pop #kennyaltidor #woobaby #woos #woo #canarsie #brooklyn #canarsiebrooklyn 

Portimao Blue Metallic 2021 BMW M4 Competition

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I had fun with this shoot the other day. Learned quite a lot and found it quite challenging to find compositions and perspectives. Car photography is not my cup of tea but with some more work and more time with different colorful subjects I can definitely see loads of improvement. Two major things I learned are to make sure the car is cleaned and free of water spots. Lastly, DO NOT FORGET your polarizer filter. #bmwna #bmw #bmw4 #cars #M4 #carphotography #bmwcoupe

Brooklyn's Secret Cove

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  One of Brooklyn's best-kept secrets or shall I say the most underdeveloped park in Brooklyn. Herein lies a small hidden cove home to an abandoned boat that has been permanently moored in this cove as far back as 2012. Will Ellis, AbandonedNYC's , writer and explorer, checked out this small waterfront way back in the day in 2014. In addition, Atlas Obscura also wrote a small undated piece on this abandoned vessel. A couple months ago, a generous low tide allowed me to get up close and personal with this wet bucket of metal, plastic, and seaweed. I've always had it on my ever-long and expanding list of locations to visit since I viewed it on Will Ellis' website years ago when I was giddy with excitement when I first started exploring as a hobby and now as a serious life endeavor. I can see why it can be considered a "secret cove" since it is pretty much off the beaten path. You wouldn't know it was there if you didn't trudge through the grass and lo

25-31 Bartlett Building (2017)

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Behind the Building It seems like forever since I last posted on here.  2020 was one for the history books worldwide where it seems almost every country and every continent went into quarantine and lockdown with no one going anywhere and everything on pause. I did not take advantage of the opportunity to go out and explore so here I am digging through my archives to see what I can find to let the world see what was once here and now that is gone. Found this old and vacant building scouring Brooklyn on Google Maps. Upon arrival in 2017, I found access to be doable but not worth the entry since the building was mostly boarded and fenced for impending demolition. Not worth the trouble in broad daylight and with a vigilant and suspicious community in the surrounding area not worth the time. The only doable and easy part for this spot was exterior shooting. So here you go.  Currently, this entire street is being bought out and sold for new apartments in this densely packed area.  Location:

Pop Smoke Canarsie Mural Redone

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It was only four months ago I went to see the Pop Smoke mural in his hometown Canarsie Brooklyn neighborhood. Opinions on social media and the Internet were not favorable to that mural that went up in February. There were supposed to be three murals around the Flatlands area (80th Street and Flatlands, Rockaway Parkway and Conklin Avenue, 82nd Street and Flatlands Avenue) but only one was ever completed. Four months later with a posthumous debut album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon , a botched album cover art, new singles, a future deluxe album, and his alleged murderers arrested and charged, Pop Smoke's stardom and fan love have only been getting bigger. The new vibrant mural was undertaken by Hattas Public Murals .  Woo! Sources: 1. Mahadevan, Tara, "Pop Smoke Tribute Mural Appears in His Brooklyn Neighborhood of Canarsie", July 9, 2020, Complex 2. Sacher, Andrew, "Pop Smoke honored with mural in Canarsie Brooklyn" July 12, 2020, BrooklynVegan 3. @HipHo

Star Pin Company Shelton CT: An Insider Look

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Historical Star Pin Company was first located in Far Mill River in the Wells Hollow area of Huntington before moving to Canal Street in 1875 due to booming business and the Ousatonic dam upstream that provided crucial industrial energy. It had also used power generated by the Fulling Mill Brook before moving to Canal. The company that manufactured hairpins, pins, and eyes for clothing was founded on September 25, 1866, with a starting capital of $40,000. A hefty sum of capital for that period. In addition, it was the only factory in Shelton that was made of brick. In the early 1950s, the company even produced the packaging and boxes that held the pins. The company closed its doors for good in December 1977 after 107 years. To see more pictures of its early days, check out the fantastic book, Naugatuck Valley Textile Industry . James C. Hubbard, one of the founders and early officers of the company invented one of the first automated hairpin making machines in the United States. In keep