Moyamensing Prison (1 Viewer)

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Hi,
Here are some photos of the prison where Bukowski reportedly spent some. It was torn down in 1963 and now houses a dunkin Donuts and Ritas water ice.

There are surprisingly few photos of this place.

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Bill
 

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Rita's Water Ice is a Philly area thing. Water ice is like melted Italian Ice, if that makes sense. It is also like a slurpie (or slushie).

Bill
 

mjp

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It's funny that you posted those, I came across the same pics just last week and tucked them away for some future use.
 
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MULLINAX

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Notice the peeling white (lead based) paint.... That place would have been a dangerous demo site.
Looks to me like the remnants of the "ticker-tape" thrown during Bukowski's triumphal 'release parade'.

I always thought that 'Moyamensing' was a clever euphemism for 'Sing-Sing', even though they're in different states. And isn't 'Sing-Sing' a sort of pun on Ossining. Or something.
 

number6horse

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I always thought that 'Moyamensing' was a clever euphemism for 'Sing-Sing', even though they're in different states. And isn't 'Sing-Sing' a sort of pun on Ossining. Or something.

I think you're right. "Sing-Sing" was a nickname or derivation of a Native American word as I remember. I would suspect that Moyamensing qualifies.

Terrific photos.
 

Rekrab

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Cool photos, Bill. Reminds me of a tour I took of Alcatraz. Very interesting place, worth catching if you go to San Francisco. I heard there's talk of tearing Alcatraz down. That would be stupid. In addition to being a classic prision, it's a civil war fort and a historical site. But you know how that goes. Maybe they'll build condos or a huge mall there.
 
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Is it in Marin County or S.F. County? If it's in Marin then it'll become the Sri Chinmoy Performing Arts Center. If it's SF it will become Harvey Milk Memorial Hall.
 

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I think that there is too much draw and money to do anything but preserve it. How many visitors do they have every year? Certainly more than they would have as a mall or performing arts center....

Bill
 

Rekrab

Usually wrong.
I saw a Yahoo news headline about Alcatraz being in peril but was too busy to read the article. There are many visitors -- it's a popular destination. The place is rich in history, multiple layers of it, as a civil war fort, then a prison, then, once it was abandoned in the 60s, a site of a long Native American protest occupation. My great (or great-great) grandfather, a civil war soldier, was injured moving a canon there, got on military disability pension.
 

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