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cokane
South Jersey
I'm a nonfiction writer, essayist, columnist, and photographer.
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Here's a little thing I started on the Tumblrs and I hope you will follow me or award hearts to some pictures which apparently are known as notes? I am old. Please help. It's called Co & Co., and it's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Colleen Kane
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Wherein I launch a new solstice tradition: burning things that represent things I'm leaving behind. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Colleen Kane
Thanks all. Stanley, I found your lovely website by Google searching The Pines resort. It was so touching to see someone's personal memory of the place.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on Abandoned Borscht Belt 3: The Pines at Colleen Kane
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"Things are different now." I find the 1984 motion picture Red Dawn to be more enjoyable than it probably has a right to be. It's not shown on TV as often as one of its star Patrick Swayze's other master... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Colleen Kane
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It's been a summer of massive change for your seldom-blogging pal CoKane. I moved again. This time it's just myself and Miss Addie the dog. Yeaaah. That's all that will be said on that topic for now. On to my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Colleen Kane
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Long time no write! There are happenings to report and I now have the time and the functioning brains to report them. At the start of 2013, Tom, myself and the ding dongs moved to Jersey City. Leaving Brooklyn was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Colleen Kane
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We were very lucky in Downtown Brooklyn during Hurricane Sandy. All we lost was cable and Internet for a few hours. However, after navigating downtown Manhattan in darkness and witnessing the devastation in Rockaway, I wanted to share some of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Colleen Kane
Belated thanks to Geoff from Liberty. @roopa , Crazy! You saw my post on Grossingers, right? http://bit.ly/iMjKYU
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2012 on Liberty, New York at Disappearing Downtowns
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Thanks everybody! I have seen the transformed dorm-now-hotel on its website, pretty crazy! We discussed this a bit on the ABR page on Facebook, if you want to like ABR over there. http://www.facebook.com/AbandonedBatonRouge?ref=hl
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Thanks Katie & Emily. Katie, how cool about your parents. Good idea for CH-- or the Louisiana film people could use the hospital for movies & TV shows. I had no idea about the Blue Plate building/lofts-- it's great! It gave me an idea for a story I might write at work.
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Aha! A lesson was learned: don't deny the spy.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2012 on Crescent City at Colleen Kane
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As many of you know, I recently returned for a quick visit to Louisiana. I spent one day in Baton Rouge, and most of that day was spent at the Bellemont. That mission was great, and I wanted to also... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Abandoned Baton Rouge
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Hey Randall-- sorry for the uh, 3.5 year delay in responding! It is in fact a Schwinn Varsity as Darren said. Also, I rode from Mid City that day. Thanks all!
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2012 on Motel Zero and the Horndog at Abandoned Baton Rouge
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Hey, you know what I didn't yet blog about, besides almost everything these days? My brief trip to New Orleans over Memorial Day weekend. Part one of the Louisiana trip consisted of this project in Baton Rouge. But part two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Colleen Kane
Thanks to all for sharing your memories on this post. Thanks also to the two commenters who pointed out that I had some information wrong regarding which state capitol the same architects designed. I've updated the post accordingly.
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(For the first part of this post from my 2012 return to the Bellemont, click here. To see what it looked like in 2008, click here.) BAR The Bellemont's bar and lounge has gone by other names, most recently Brella's.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Abandoned Baton Rouge
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RoPo, I took that tour too and remember that room. It could be they stayed in both places-- In addition to the above-mentioned Bette Davis quote mentioning Baton Rouge, the IMDB profile lists Baton Rouge as a filming location in addition to Houmas House, which is about 30 miles from Baton Rouge.
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Most accomplishments in my adult life first appeared as items on to-do lists written on scrap paper. An abandoned motor lodge over 1,000 miles from my Brooklyn apartment called The Bellemont first made it back onto one of those to-do... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at Abandoned Baton Rouge
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...For The Bellemont, that is. It's being torn down. It's also not long until I post about it here with all new photos from my visit last week. But your intrepid explorer is weary from her travels and planning the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Abandoned Baton Rouge
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If you haven’t ventured over to Alphabet City lately (I hadn’t in a while myself), some longstanding neighborhood staples have been disappearing from Avenue B. Gone are: the terrifying sculpture of faded wet stuffed animals and scrap wood that was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Colleen Kane
Thanks to all those who continue to comment and add their memories and knowledge of this place. Regarding the last comment--Very cool, I didn't know that! If I'm remembering right, Bette & Joan reportedly had a physical fight where they were rolling around on the lawn in front of the plantation house where that was filmed.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2012 on The Bellemont at Abandoned Baton Rouge
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We must have been pretty young. I might have been 7/8?
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Last October, I explored the abandoned site of The Pines resort in South Fallsburg, New York. (Image via this wonderful collection of vintage resort postcards) The Pines had 400 guest rooms, a golf course, tennis courts, a ski chalet, an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Colleen Kane
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Earlier this month, Leah and I continued our exploration of the former Jewish Alps (part 1 is here). We spent the weekend with a great group of hosts (who fast became new pals) in the town of Rosendale, which I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Colleen Kane
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Someone has been working by night in my neighborhood putting up words on what was until recently just an unsightly parking deck. Today is an anniversary of an infamous day, but I've reached saturation point on that subject (and yet... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Colleen Kane