Different Issues In Reuse

No matter how much you’ve seen, you’ve never seen everything. The current proposal to open up Hart Island in New York as park land contains some rare, if not unique, issues. A little background: Hart Island is one of the small islands in the East River, and arguably the most isolated, off the shore of …

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Updated Ridiculousness

Tim Michiels was kind enough to point out that the building I discussed with cast-iron sperm-candle columns is landmarked, and therefore should be reused at some point. Good news. On the other hand, the building has been in its current state since at least 2013, when the picture on its Wikipedia page was taken, which …

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Useful Links

The picture above is the bridge for prisoners (believe it or not, “the bridge of sighs”) between the second Tombs on the right and the Criminal Courts building on the left. Both buildings were replaced in 1940 by the third Tombs. That bridge was a handy piece of construction, allowing the prisoners to be moved …

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More on the Research page

We’ve added links to my books and to three papers: “Engineering as a Prerequisite for Growth: New York and its Infrastructure”  where Marie and I tried to put the various superlatives of NYC construction in historical context; “Early Predictions of Steel-Frame Deterioration: Permanency in High-Rise Construction” where I discuss the debate among people involved with …

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