|Union Square, steampunked, with steam|
While the Victorianism of steampunk may conjure the dark streets of London, New York's 19th century and early 20th century architecture and infrastructure will do. We have plenty of the 19th century urban Gotham landscape to work with. The point is not to live in the past, for the steampunk era is a fiction, but to imagine ways of enlivening the present through acts of creative digging, archiving, and repurposing. New York makes a fine place to imagine alternative histories of the city.
|31 Union Square West, originally Bank of the Metropolis building. 1902-1903|
|The Decker Building in the background dates from 1892-1893.|
|Bank of the Metropolis|
Here are scenes from Union Square on Saturday, October 22, 2011 made with the Steampunk PhotoTada! app (website) available in the iTunes store. While the usual Greenmarket was taking place, offering seasonal fare such as pumpkins, butternut squash, and Romanesco broccoli, musician Dotan Negrin was playing his piano (PianoAcrossAmerica.com), accompanied by his show-biz dog. Nearby, a woman brought her two African Gray parrots to enjoy the park ambience. At 2 o'clock, there was a demonstration against police brutality. Needless to say, many police officers showed up.
|Musician's best friend|
|An African Gray enjoys a snack|
|marvelous folding bicycle machines and officers, Union Square|
If you're reading this post in time and are interested in learning more about this subgenre of fantasy and sci-fi, head on over to DUMBO on Sunday afternoon for the annual showcase of all things Steampunk. Information below. Also this month - the Steampunk Haunted House. Information also below.
|Romanesco broccoli, steampunked but not yet steamed|
• STEAMPUNK EVENT: October 23, 2011. 2011 Steampunk. Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street), 12 noon - 8 pm. $5 admission. Fashion show at 6 p.m. Website (Brooklyn Indie Market)
• HAUNTED HOUSE: Third Rail Projects presents Steampunk Haunted House. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. October 23, 26, 27 | $20; October 22, 28, 29, 30, 31 | $25; October 26 Halloween Party | $50; Students | $10 (walk up, day of only) Website
• HOUSE HAUNTING: The Merchant's House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street, is said to be haunted. The museum hosts several spooky events and tours in the month of October. Website calendar.
Also, see more pictures from this set on Flickr WOTBA.
Stay tuned. More steampunked neighborhood strolls ahead. This is the first post in a series.
Now posted - A Steampunk Walk Down Under the Manhattan Bridge (Dumbo gets steampunked).
The series concludes with a trip to Roosevelt Island.