A mecca for tourists and locals, The Rocks is a great place to go for a beer or many.
Before we settled in for the afternoon over a beer, Mr S and I did a walk around. Normally we tromp along the same street to one of our favourite pubs.
This time we took a different path, not the Main Street filled with taxis and tourists. So join us as we look at The residential Rocks. That which won’t be the same much longer. And to new development. That which is owned by the wealthy for money making.
This building below is iconic. Perhaps not what you’d expect in our old town section. Every time I take the train into the city I notice it. I don’t think I like it – it tends to polarise people. The fact that it is public housing in a prime location doesn’t help. But under our current government, it probably won’t be for long.
Anyway, this weekend was the first time I actually walked passed it at street level.
I much prefer the pub up the road. The Australian. That serves Bavarian style beer. Mmm?!?
Under the bridge and seeing the bridge climbers disappearing into one of the pilons. I have no desire to climb the bridge at all.
Now we’ve hit the section over which there has been much controversy lately. Large areas of long-term public housing residents are being evicted so the government can sell the prime real estate on the city and on the harbour to their mates. Oops, sorry. To the highest bidder. To build more housing, don’t you know. Wonder what they’ll do when there’s nothing left to sell off.
Say good bye to the houses for the common folk.
There’s something about staircases and archways that makes me want to see what’s there. Nothing much as it turns out. Housing commission flats. The staircase is made of metal and is very step. Would have proven nasty for a few after a thirsty evening.
The Palisade is dwarfed by the now-decommissioned Harbour Master’s Control Tower. No longer needed now we’re not a working harbour but a harbour of leisure craft.
Below is the Palisade from the back. What is all that glass!?! I’ve been up the top on the roof for parties. Once I did suffer vertigo as not only is the building steep and the wall low, the pub is perched on a cliff top. I fear that extra glass level will engulf the old homes as they are gentrified, being small housing for the poor, the wealthy will want extra levels in their trendy homes by the harbour.
Behind the Pallidade is the recently opened new development. Barangaroo. Once a working harbour, now being developed into casinos, restaurants and apartments.
I do like the floor numbers along the building. It’s going to be massive.
To appease the masses, give them a park. Only opened a week or so ago. And the masses certainly were there. Nice views across the harbour. But he park is smaller than I thought it would be. And too ordered, cleaned, tame. What they want to do with the rest of The Rocks. Turn it into a theme park, not reality.
This little cottage, opposite the park, in the shade of the Harbour Master’s Tower, will do me nicely. Probably a nice view of the bridge from the back porch.
I’ve always liked this corner shop. Not that I’ve ever bought anything there. I just like the deep verandahs upstairs and the residential area upstairs. Zoom in on the hole in the verandah in the upstairs corner to see what I mean. That and the dark red bricks. I could just imagine living there in the middle of last century.