Port Authority Bus Terminal


photo credit/kramchang

I recently took a trip to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York.  If you have ever passed through that terminal, you know that it does not possess many redeeming qualities.  I really cannot think of one.  The terminal is filled with bad 70s decor and horrible lighting.  On a given weekday, the terminal hosts over 7000 buses, and over 200,000 people.  One would think with that many visitors it would be a nice place to pass through, but that is far from the case.

I popped in around midday on a Wednesday to try and catch the terminal at a less busy time so I could get a sense of the space.  I hate muzak, but I do love the way the music is reflecting off the bad brown 70s tile and the high ceilings.

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Ultimately for me, it was a chance to listen to a place, normally packed with commuters, in a quieter setting.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060 mounted stealthily in a hat.  It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2

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Michael Raphael November 15, 2010