"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Brooklyn At Work: Removing A Clothesline Pole

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I could hardly watch!
In a neighboring yard, a worker had climbed high onto a clothesline pole with a sawzall, in order to cut the pole down in small sections.
It was a dramatic moment, I assure you, as he was balancing way up in the air with his tool.
But, I am happy to report, the young man made it down safely. So did the pole.

One by one, these poles are disappearing from back yards , having become obsolete.
Too bad. They are so typically 'Brooklyn.'



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13 comments:

Margaret said...

This is sad. Clothes drying outside in the sunlight smell so good. And this age of trying to save energy, it is using the sun, instead of electricity. This might be a don't know what you had 'till its gone...

BestViewInBrooklyn said...

My landlord has a specific clause about no laundry hanging...I wish I could have a clothesline. Too bad about the removal. I too love the smell of the clothes (although I could do without the occasional bird poop).

Ajlouny said...

I hear ya, slowly changing the landscape. Pretty soon, they will be a distant memory.

Anonymous said...

They will learn. Soon, those same folks will be wishing they had those lines back. give it time.

Anonymous said...

what's so great about seeing yellowed and ragged underwear drying on the line? you are all deluding yourselves! it seems oh so rent control!!

Anonymous said...

clothesline = rentcontrol! what's so wonderful about looking at yellowed underwear blowing in the wind?

Anonymous said...

Amen to clotheslines=rentcontrol!!!! .... Thats all you want to see on a nice saturday morning as your eating you breakfest and trying to enjoy the weather ... looking up to see a lime green double D bra hanging on a clothesline .... lowclass

Anonymous said...

Talk about snobby. It is not "lowclass". Many apartments and HOUSES throughout the 5 boroughs have them. These clothesline date back way before rent control. It is part of the history of this city. But I guess you are too stuck up to appreciate that.

Anonymous said...

how can one be labled snobby for dislking an eyesore! your must not be a native brooklynite! you sound like one of these nasally newbies to the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

EXCUSE ME! for not wanting to see old stained triple xL underwear outside when im trying to enjoy my backyard its disgusting! Thats not "snobby" or stuck up .. i guess some people like bird waste on there clothes .. hey! whatever floats ur boat sistaa ;)

penny said...

I do not understand what is so sad about clothesline removal. I think it contributes to eye pollution.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with drying laundry on a line, it saves fuel and your clothes will last 20 times longer.

Unfortunately many of these old " Clothesline ladders" are rusting out especially at the base and become a danger of falling over...

Adrastos C said...

whats so terrible about seeing clothes hanging on a clothesline? I dont understand why anyone would call it an eyesore? Colored towels or sheets hanging to dry, whats the big deal?
I will hang my laundry out for the rest of my life. I love my clothesline, and Im a native Brooklynite