Don't worry, this is only the name of the railway station on the Staten Island, New York.
A kill is a creek, as a body of water. The word comes from the Middle Dutch "kille", meaning "riverbed" or "water channel." The modern Dutch term is "kil".
The term is used in areas of Dutch influence in New York, New Jersey and other areas of the former New Netherland colony of Dutch America to describe a strait, river, or arm of the sea. Examples are Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill, both separating Staten Island, New York from New Jersey, and used as a composite name, "Wallkill River" in Orange County, New York and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania. Humorously, in Delaware, there exists a Murderkill River. "Kill" also shows up in location names as in the Catskill Mountains or the town of Fishkill, New York, which was the subject of a campaign by animal rights group, PETA, which wanted a more animal friendly name
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Kamilutka (8085) 2014-02-13 9:26
wow what a name...imagine living there - I wonder if it affects you somehow :-)
But I definitely like the photo with its geometrical composition. The single person sitting on the platform is engrossed in reading and unaware of being photographed.
Natural and interesting scene from every day life.
I like the light and how it influenced the colors.
Thanks for sharing
macjake (51476) 2014-02-13 9:41
I bet Brenda will have a comment to make about this one too :) haha
"great kills"? you know tomorrow is Valentines Day right? haha
interesting notes about the Dutch history, I always seem to learn something new with these NY photos.
cool post, and the lonely man adds alot even though he takes up a tiny portion.
worldcitizen (6415) 2014-02-13 9:48
We get used to so many things living in a certain place, that we don't realize the interest they might have to visitors. The explanation of the word "kill" is a great example. So many names come from old Dutch here in NYC, and your note is a perfect explanation of one of them. I guess you had the chance to use the Staten Island railway. I like this lonely view, with multiple levels. It was still warm enough for that man to wear shorts. Everyone here is waiting for that weather again!! Keep up your speedy recovery, and take good care. :-)
claudeD (30175) 2014-02-13 10:03
great wordplay, excellent composition and fine light managment for this wonderful scenery of everyday life. Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Noel_Byrne (20169) 2014-02-13 10:53
This looks like one of those magic pictures, where all the stairs lead up while leading down, a very nice abstract composition taken from an everyday scene, only the inclusion of the man reading the paper gives away its true purpose. Is this location famous for a large rubbish dump too? I seem to remember this name, and I think its from one of the worlds largest landfills. Of course if I am wrong, sincere apologies to the people of this town, hahaha.
Murderkill river? Sounds like a nice place too.
All the best
lousat (71485) 2014-02-13 14:18
Hi Serghei,a very original name for a station..ehehe..interesting post and very nice choice of point of view,you show us a calm moment in a strange atmosphere,great capture with the best quality in this difficult light.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
emka (72344) 2014-02-13 16:24
Interesting note, I haven't realized the Dutch influence in NYC. Nice composition with so many short vertical lines here, nice sepia colour too.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jcpix (11058) 2014-02-13 17:25
Haha, you've certainly grabbed everyone's attention right away with the title affixed to this shot! Good thing you gave a proper explanation, people might otherwise have drawn the wrong conclusion! :o
Great idea on the tight framing, this has a strong, graphic visual impact. It also looks as if you caught this during the moment of an earthquake, I keep hoping that gentleman on the bench runs off before getting crushed by the falling structure. Another great observation that would escape most eyes, a true daily life capture! Hope you're able to enjoy some of your down time, good to see your still actively working through photos. :) Happy Friday! Take it easy.
Sonata11 (33117) 2014-02-13 20:39
interesting capture of this place, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done. Best regards, Barbara
mesutilgim (79428) 2014-02-13 23:26
The capture is quite good and interesting with perfect effect but the title and it's story is just great !
TFS and best regards
danos (82715) 2014-02-14 0:35
a really strange name for a railway station in USA.Thanks to your informative note about the meaning-coming of the name.
Nice the light and the colour management of the scene as the excellent presentation.
snunney (78855) 2014-02-14 5:11
An image oozing with atmosphere. Very well composed to take full advantage of the strong graphical lines and with the solitary traveller nicely placed at bottom right. Ideally exposed with good colours and clarity.
Sergiom (53863) 2014-02-14 5:16
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur cette belle petite gare de nuit. J'aime beaucoup le petit côté sépia de l'ensemble . Un très beau graphisme au niveau des niveaux.
ktanska (23932) 2014-02-14 8:25
This one is very successful shot, not just a joke of the name. All those fences and columns make quite nice vertical patterns that show well on night light. One guy waiting adds some human touch.
My favourite of strange place names is Rottenegg, near Linz, Austria.
Fis2 (81546) 2014-02-14 13:19
Curious railway station.
I like frame and composition.
Light and colors make impression.
mirosu (12290) 2014-02-17 3:29
Excellent photo in superb light, nice details. The clarity and focus is perfect. I like the high angle viewpoint. Very well done my friend.
Wish you a very nice week.