Worse Than Termites

From a construction site, some steel that’s been nibbled on. The building has the typical NYC structure for the 1920s: a steel frame encased in concrete fireproofing that was place integrally with the floor slabs. In case it’s not clear, that photo was shot looking up, so you’re seeing the underside of the slab above …

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Chipping Away At The Island

Roofs in New York used to be black. The usual and partially-accurate phrase to describe the waterproofing was “tar and gravel” and tar is black. The picture above, of a bunch of old tenements in Alphabet City, show where we are now: silver roofs! This is not a small thing and is the direct result …

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