Changing Tastes

The main observation deck at the Empire State isn’t the very top, the 102nd floor. That’s a basically a drum with windows. The main observation deck is the 86th floor, where there’s an outdoor terrace and indoor space. The last time I was there – admittedly, some years ago – there was a souvenir stand …

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A Straight Line

I talked yesterday about elegant designs versus kludges; here’s an example of what I consider to be an elegant design from the same era as the elevated trains’ third tracking. The Detroit Publishing Company’s title for the 1905 photo above is “Where the subway is an elevated, New York City” and that’s spot on. This …

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