The day before yesterday, a friend of mine send me this article
describing a fake brownstone in Brooklyn used by the New York Police Department to access secretly to the subway yet the article was not giving any precision about the location nor giving pictures. Things never come alone and yesterday I followed the link
posted by Michael Chen for Crisis Fronts
that were giving the address (58 Joralemon Street) and supplying a series of pictures that gradually show you the detail of the potemkine brownstone.
This example of institutional decoy recalls to some extent what I called “frozen paradigms” used by James Wines
in some of his buildings. We can probably think of this technique of camouflage as a potential strategy of resistance in cities that mainly cares about facades…