Resurgence Almost 400 Years Later

New York will soon have off-shore wind turbines for electric power. Three areas are set for development: two off the entrance to the harbor and one to the east, past the east end of Long Island. People have successfully developed solar power in the our area, but between the reduced direct light in winter and …

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Credit Overdue

“Architects of Black Harlem” by Thandi Nyambose addresses a gap in most architectural histories. The neighborhood is well known for its Black residents but not as much for the Black architects who helped create it. If you prefer her work in a more visual (and perhaps more visceral) form, here’s the Story Map. Either way, a …

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Failure Portrait: Not Yet

An office building in midtown has a slight rusting problem… The column is still performing adequately, still carrying load. Obviously, if it continued to deteriorate that would end at some time, but since the project we’re part of includes both reinforcing the steel and waterproofing it, that unfortunate outcome will not happen. This level of …

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Presumably Not Commentary On The Neighbors

In November, I pointed out that, for some unknown reason, one of the social-distancing stickers at the Brooklyn Bridge subway station had horseshoes rather than human shoes. Last week, I found a goat’s footprints at 96th Street and Central Park West. Is the MTA sending bizarre messages, or am I missing a joke? On the …

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Another Favorite With Explanation

Irving Underhill‘s portrait of Irving Trust at 1 Wall Street falls into the “romantic view of skyscrapers” category. 1932 was the perfect year to take this picture: Irving Trust was brand new, and the old 2 Wall Street had been demolished (preparatory for the new 2 Wall Street being built) so there was a vacant …

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