21 May 2008

There's No Mistaking Nothing at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

The Staten Island Ferry Terminal has a real aesthetic going and I can sum it up in two words: Big Letters.

If you can't find a phone or the bathroom or learn the time at this cavernous hall, you're not very observant.

It's a pretty stylish look, actually, in a sort of obvious way. There is one truly wonderful aspect to the building. They've reproduced in titanic print the opening lines of Edna St. Vincent Millay's classic poem "Recuerdo": "We were very tired, we were very merry­/ We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry." It's surprising that somebody thought to give poetry such play in this heartless town.

1 comment:

Nesta said...

There's "Poetry in Motion" inside almost every subway car.