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Urban Jungle: “Peaceable Kingdom of 17th Street’

June 11th, 2008 · 8 Comments

This is the scene on 17th Street in what we believe is the South Slope. The GL reader who emailed this photos and the ones after the jump writes:

Here is a graphic statement of why I love Brooklyn and why it is so important that the neighborhoods most under pressure from gentrification maintain a mixed-income balance of affordable, as well as market-rate, housing. These are a few photos taken of a rare urban jungle, complete with lions, tigers and elephants…

Tarzan Rides the Rare White Elephant

Giraffes and Zeebras at Dusk Near Watering Hole

Lions, Leopards, Tigers and Zeebras flee before Wildfire

Tags: South Slope

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mrs Wynn // Jun 11, 2008 at 10:46 am

    How does this have anything to do with gentrification?

  • 2 Ted // Jun 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Affordable housing = more jungle life dioramas?

    Do. Not. Get.

  • 3 Mike // Jun 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

    What does this have to do with gentrification and mixed-income housing? Only low-income people are creative?

  • 4 Best View in Brooklyn // Jun 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    These photos are fabulous! I’m claiming them as Sunset Park.

  • 5 Lauren // Jun 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I see this every day on my walk to the subway – and I completely agree with you. I love Brooklyn!

  • 6 loose stool // Jun 11, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    The presumption is that marginal people or the outright retarded will get down in the mud and make dioramas or feces sculptures. These people do not have the wherewithall to make a decent living, therefore we need to provide low income housing. Yes the poster is presuming that there is some sort of “talent” that goes with being in the shadows. Obviously, watches too much TV.

  • 7 Eric // Jun 12, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Geez, lighten up, people.

    I think the poster’s point is that the stereotypical Type-A Park Slope mom and Wall Street dad and over-scheduled kids aren’t going to do this. And he or she is probably right.

  • 8 Ted // Jun 12, 2008 at 11:25 am

    As you say, the poster’s point relies on a stereotype, which is exactly why he/she is full of crap. Park Slope is full of artists and creative professionals–the poster’s just relying on some romanticized Howard Finster stereotype of noble outsider artists.

    I mean, how do we even know who made this? Did he/she get the creator’s tax returns?