A Double-Take In The Subway

Over the last couple of years, the MTA has been replacing the old frames for paper ads in subway station – basically miniature billboards – with screens that can rotate between ads, maps, and service announcements. The future is now, or some such. In any case, I was in the Bowling Green station waiting for …

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Bragging, Too

If half of our projects are restorations where our work should be invisible, what’s the other half? Alterations on old buildings, where our work is neither intended to be hidden nor showcased, but simply part of the process. The unglamorous construction photo above shows work on the Rugby Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, an …

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This weekend, I want to talk about two recently-completed projects, as they nice illustrate our practice. (There are a lot of ways to split a whole into halves, these two show one possible division.) The first is the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park. The bandshell is one of the most heavily used and visited structures …

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Restoration and Upgrade

Last night was the (virtual) ceremony for the 2021 Lucy Moses Awards. As I have mentioned before, we were the engineer of record for two winning projects, and had a small role on a third. Obviously, it’s gratifying to be associated with winning projects and to be in the company of so much good work …

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Three projects that OSE worked on have won 2021 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. That’s good news and, considering that the awards are given to the project as a whole, it’s good news for a lot of firms other than just us. Our congratulations to all, since successful completion …

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