Cast Iron

Not Broken But Odd

The good news is that column isn’t broken. What appears to be a jagged break line running diagonally across is actually the border between where the old paint was removed prior to the last painting (bottom) and where all of the various coats of paint going back to 1905 are still present (top). It’s not …

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Three Eras Overlaid

That’s a picture of the cellar of a small commercial building in midtown, taken during a fairly extensive renovation in the 1990s. The metal framing is original, and consists of a round cast-iron column with a cast-iron base plate with vertical stiffeners (the spider-looking thing directly above the spray-painted X), a steel beam just inboard …

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A Fake of a Fake Is Almost Real

I took that picture in 1998 for some reason I don’t remember. It’s the top of 48 White Street, the center section of a triple-wide loft building completed in 1867. It’s now part of the Tribeca East Historic District, but there are some peculiar things going on here. First, despite its use and construction date, …

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A Survivor

A favorite bookstore of mine is interesting for something other than its books. It is an important gathering place for people who love books, book readings, and intellectual discourse, and it’s a survivor. After 35 years in its present location, it almost went the way of many other neighborhood shops when it was bought in …

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