Power Washing 188 Suffolk St.

Power Washing 188 Suffolk St.
With New York City real estate prices so high, owners are fixing up their buildings

34 Responses to “Power Washing 188 Suffolk St.”

  1. You were linked on Gothamist and Kottke!

  2. What’s in the neighborhood – a smokestack? There’s got to be some bleach or something in the powerwash.

  3. This is awesome. So surreal.

  4. You were also linked to by boingboing! I was just looking through your other photos — I love your site!

  5. I feel like I should powerwash my copy of Physical Graffiti now.

  6. I own a power washer & use it regularly. Knowing where & when to stop is always a problem — sort of like a guy w/ a new chain saw! It would seem that once these guys start on a “part” of a contiguous building, they’d almost have to be hired to do the rest.

    Imagine the mess at street level!!!!!

  7. Cities create dirt. If you live in a city, open your window and wipe your window sill outside. It will probably be grimy. Wow! That is an amazing contrast. Great photo. Came here from boingboing

  8. Wow, amazing picture! They just cleaned the old building where we work (in a small town in the UK) and we all thought it was stunning, but nothing on this transformation!

    Makes you wonder why officials let beautiful old buildings like this get in such a state.

    ROF : Exactly!, don’t even think about walking under those guys, talk about bad luck!!! :D

  9. This makes me wonder, clean graffitti? What would it look like if someone went to a dirty old building, and simply powerwashed something, in an artistic manner, into the grime. SOrta like a painting made with an eraser. Would that be graffitti or cleaning?

  10. Michael- on Boingboing a while back there was a post about such a thing as you are talking about!

    http://www.boingboing.net/2006/09/13/reverse_graffiti_con.html

  11. Citydwellers: Now imagine how your lungs must look!

  12. amazing photo

  13. Linking thru at Buzzcn.

  14. Good grief! Now that’s filthy! Well done on capturing this, I suspect it’s going to be everywhere!

  15. Wow! That’s incredible. I wonder how long it took to do that.

    Saw your photo at the Photoblogs.org Blog.

  16. Fantastic! Love this pic!

  17. This makes me wonder, clean graffitti? What would it look like if someone went to a dirty old building, and simply powerwashed something, in an artistic manner, into the grime. SOrta like a painting made with an eraser. Would that be graffitti or cleaning?

  18. great picture,,I own a power washing business in Dublin,Ireland called Aqua Force mobile power washing,,people wouldnt believe untill they see the before and after pictures of some of the jobs we do they think I alter the photos,,matthew

  19. Now THAT is a before and after photo! In all likelihood that is an acidic based specialty cleaner for masonry. Its unlikely one could results like that just from pressure washing alone. We use similar chemicals in our residential house washing.

  20. That photo is absolutely amazing. Very good job on the power washing

  21. wow i love the header!

  22. It looks cold out there boys.

  23. I need a whole bunch of that. if only it could on my neighbors.

  24. Great Photo,, I’d agree that the cleaners would be using an acidic base product.

  25. That is crazy! It looks like a brand new building!

  26. love what you’re saying and the way you say it.You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it smart.

  27. I’m assuming you needed to use an acid based cleaner to get it that clean. How much did the scaffolding bounce around while you were power washing?

  28. What a great picture! Exploring NYC is one of my favorite things and now so is this photo!

  29. This is an incredible before and after photo! What happens to the water from all that washing? I wonder what exactly is in this much dirt when been washed.

  30. Amazing what a little cleaning can do! No matter how dirty something gets you can always clean it up.

  31. le reddit army was here

  32. Here via Gizmodo’s Sploid but saw the pic on Reddit & Imgur too.

    1) According to reddit they aren’t actually power washing since old buildings can’t actually take that kind of pressure and they’re instead using a special mix of chemicals which are eco friendly but do the job.

    2) Wonder if Trevor is still reading these comments & active online since I tried to find him on Twitter to no avail & there’ve been a number of comments here over the years with no reply from him.

  33. Hi Dan,

    I do read the comments still! I haven’t been very active in many months so new comments are few and far between. The Gizmodo/Reddit traffic brought a bunch of traffic.

    Thanks for visiting!
    -Trevor

  34. Hey, thanks for the blog article. Keep writing.

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