High Steel at Queensboro

No great insight with these pictures, but they’re fun to look at. Above, working on the roadway of the Queensboro Bridge in 1907. This angle emphasizes the “blacksmith’s shop” aspect of the bridge. Seen in profile, it’s not quite so overwhelming: But the highlight is this view, also 1907, of ironworkers on top of the …

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High Steel At Met Life

Continuing yesterday’s discussion of construction methods, today’s an OSHA nightmare. The nightmare starts with the picture above, where we have four steel workers high up without fall protection, hard hats, eye protection, proper gloves, and so on. They’re some 400 feet up erecting the frame of the Met Life Tower, the tallest building in the …

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A Different Take On Curtain Walls At Penn Station

I used the picture above once before to discuss the hole in front of Penn Station, which eventually became the Hotel Pennsylvania. Because the hotel was not yet built, this photo provides one of the few nearly-head-on views of the east facade of the station, on Seventh Avenue, which was its main facade. This is …

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The Westminster Street Bridge Was A Bad Idea

I came across the bridge above while looking at “high bridges” two weeks ago. That was the Westminster Street Bridge in Saxtons Falls, Vermont, across Saxtons River, a small tributary of the Connecticut River. The village has a population of under 600, which is small even by Vermont standards, so the bridge is usually referred …

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High Capacity

I finally took a train from the new and improved Penn Station, and my review of the station is coming soon. Meanwhile… That’s an original column that supports one end of a large roof truss and one bay of mezzanine floor above. It’s a big built-up box, riveted together from plates and angles. It was …

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