Close But Not

That construction picture of the New York Public Library was taken around 1907 and shows the exterior of the building nearly complete. There’s a crane being disassembled in the courtyard adjacent to the near corner (northeast corner of the lot, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street), the elevated terrace has not been started yet, and …

Close But Not Read More »


Ladder Company 8 of the Fire Department of New York has been in this handsome little building since 1903, but that’s not why anyone knows the building. They know it because of Ghostbusters. Putting aside the fictional use of the building for paranormal investigations, it has an interesting claim to fame: it is literally half …

Halved Read More »


This 1901 stereoscopic view of the Williamsburg Bridge under construction is, in engineering terms, nothing that special. The cable work was long since completed, the main trusses were almost done, and the framing for the two decks was in progress. This picture is far less dramatic than the one I posted this spring, where the …

Piranesian Read More »

Ambient Technology

The trap when talking about things is to talk about the superlatives: the biggest ship, the longest bridge, the tallest tower, and so on. Those things are interesting but they get talked about all the time. As much as I like the Empire State Building, I’m pretty sure that if no one wrote anything new …

Ambient Technology Read More »

Scroll to Top