Best for NYC: Best Practices

Old Structures has grown at a pace of roughly one added employee per year for the last nine years, from two people at the beginning of 2007 to ten at the beginning of 2015. When we were very small, we were relatively casual about annual reviews, in part because there were so few to be performed …

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It Takes Me Back

It’s possible to forget that historic preservation can be a joy in itself. The article in today’s New York Times about the wood escalates at Macy’s is a good example of that joy. My earliest memories of Macy’s, from when I was five or six, include those escalators. (The half-inch-wide wood cleats on the treads …

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Revisionist History

As I mentioned, I was in Kansas City for the APTI conference at the beginning of November. I did a bit of sight-seeing, and felt it was important to post a picture of the 1888 New York Life Building. This is a beautiful building by a prominent architecture firm, recently restored, but that’s not why …

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I’m Torn

The view out our office windows last Friday (click on the picture to expand): In the foreground is a new residential tower got up at the corner of Thames and Greenwich, with its back lot-line facade facing us. That facade is solid concrete, a structural shear wall. (We don’t officially know anything about the building, …

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

I had mentioned that we look for businesses that work towards community and environmental goals. We also look for small and local businesses whenever possible. We are a small business with more than 90% of our projects located in our home city; we like dealing with our equals. There are different ways of engage one’s community, …

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