Month: November 2018

Why Stoops?

A long time ago, the combination of my speaking quickly, my accent, and the word “stoop” got me in trouble when some acquaintances thought I was calling their house stupid. In any case, there’s a picture of a fairly normal late-nineteenth-century stoop on a New York brownstone. It’s in good but not great condition. So, …

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Three Generations of Escape

Sometimes a single location gives you a nice recap of a piece of construction history. That’s not an alley above, it’s the middle of the block in a commercial section of midtown. The buildings have very narrow rear yards, so I was standing on a setback roof of the building on the far right, fronting …

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