History

You Have To Start Somewhere

That’s the long-demolished Stuyvesant Apartments on East 18th Street, generally accepted as the first apartment house in New York. It was built in 1870, and there were plenty of multiple dwelling already around by then, so what does “first” mean, exactly? The Stuyvesant wasn’t a residential hotel (furnished, with services), it wasn’t a boarding house …

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Two Worthy Causes

That’s the brand-new statue of Maria Francesca Cabrini, AKA St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, on the Hudson River promenade of Battery Park City. Old Structures Engineering takes no position on canonization, but we applaud (a) her work in education and healthcare among the poor in New York and elsewhere and (b) the She Built NYC campaign …

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