Don Friedman

Three Examples

That’s a view from the pergola at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park looking east to (on the left) the Terrance Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center and (on the right) El Museo del Barrio. The garden, the hospital, and the museum are each a different form of adaptive reuse. The Conservatory Garden is the most …

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Interesting But Disruptive

That’s the railroad viaduct on Park Avenue, basically a wall cutting the neighborhood in half. This was constructed by the New York Central Railroad in the late 1800s and extended between 1900 and 1910 when the line was electrified and things generally reconfigured for the new Grand Central Terminal. If you like big walls built …

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One Of Frankenstein’s Monsters

I was walking by and could not resist following up on this building. It covers the full blockfront of Central Park West between 103rd and 104th Streets and there are at least three distinct pieces visible from the street: the old masonry on the north and south sides (the north facade is on the right, …

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