The Lightning

That bizarre steel umbrella is the Parachute Jump at Coney Island, a ride constructed for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair (where it was the second tallest structure, behind the Trylon) and moved from Flushing Meadows Park to Coney Island after the fair closed. The ride itself has been closed since 1968, but it is visually as …

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Trusses As Ordinary Structure

I’ve posted pictures of a lot of truss bridges here, ranging from spidery-thin to super-chunky. I’m not a bridge engineer and while I can appreciate those structures, they’re not what I deal with in projects. The picture above, on the other hand, is exactly the kind of thing I deal with all the time. This …

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High Steel at Queensboro

No great insight with these pictures, but they’re fun to look at. Above, working on the roadway of the Queensboro Bridge in 1907. This angle emphasizes the “blacksmith’s shop” aspect of the bridge. Seen in profile, it’s not quite so overwhelming: But the highlight is this view, also 1907, of ironworkers on top of the …

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High Steel At Met Life

Continuing yesterday’s discussion of construction methods, today’s an OSHA nightmare. The nightmare starts with the picture above, where we have four steel workers high up without fall protection, hard hats, eye protection, proper gloves, and so on. They’re some 400 feet up erecting the frame of the Met Life Tower, the tallest building in the …

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