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The Things you find behind the Brooklyn Museum

Usually you would suspect the backlot of a museum (especially in the US) to be filled with a parking lot. The behind of the Brooklyn Museum actually does come with that, but also with its very own treasure trove of architectural fragments scattered all over the area.
A real architectural and sculptural fragments encyclopedia can be found here, and some unexpected masterpieces are among those wonders in stone.
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This goes to prove that we are really behind the museum: the ugly back of the never-quite-finished beaux-arts masterpiece that is the Brooklyn Museum, a neoclassical McKim Mead and White structure.
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Who'd expect a lady liberty replica amidst the parking lot?
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This one is actually a fragment of the old Pennsylvania Station that got demolished and raised concerns to preserve architectural milestones of NYC. Most of the demolished Manhattan train station unfortunately found a watery last resting place in the swamps of New Jersey.
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These are Sullivan architecture details.
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And this sculpture is actually an ice block kept in the sculpture garden in a big fridge.
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4 Responses to “The Things you find behind the Brooklyn Museum”

  1. # Blogger lala

    I see brooklyn without going to NY. thanks cedric for sharing

    btw, Bruno is really gross :( I thought it was fun but when it comes to 45 mins earlier I feel grossed and annoyed  

  2. # Blogger Books,Coffee,etc....

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    What very interesting photographs of architectural fragments (scattered all over the area...) and found behind the Brooklyn Museum.

    Merci!
    DeeDee  

  3. # Blogger LoLa

    I love peeping in the back of the museum! Thanks.  

  4. # Blogger donna baker

    I love it when you go skulking around the back of buildings and places.  

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