Best for NYC: More Resources

The series of workshops for the Best for NYC Challenge I mentioned continues into March and now includes webinars for anyone who can’t make it to one of the hosted events. Also, the EDC website includes some specific resources for various portions of the goals. For variety, here is a study that quotes business-oriented sources on the benefits of …

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Fancy Shoring

One of the more popular posts in our blog over the last few years is The Short Run, where I wrote about temporary shoring. So I thought I’d show a very different example to give an idea of the breadth of the shoring field. It’s a project I’ve shown before (four years ago!), but I didn’t describe …

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Historic Structural Detail: Diagonal Sheathing

Every once in while, when you strip the outer sheathing (clapboard or shingles) or the inner finish (plaster) off a wall, you find that the exterior sheathing is a bunch of diagonal planks. Why? A topic that I keep returning to is that people in the past had to be clever because they had fewer …

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They Look Familiar

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has been acting recently to clear up a backlog of buildings that had been “calendared” – that is, marked as buildings that would be researched for possible landmarking designation – that had built up before 2010. Reading the list was a trip down memory lane, as we have …

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