CXL Steps

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My neighborhood in the Bronx, Riverdale, is extremely hilly, so we have a multitude of stairs. One of the longest (and prettiest) stretches of stairs leads through Ewen Park.

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It’s CLX steps total , but I do warn you, from experience, it feels more like CCLX steps if you’re going up!  They curve gently, leading through the main slopes of the park - this one is a very popular sledding spot in the winter!

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Every few flights there are small statues of fish on the sides of the stairs. I assume these are here to remind us of salmon swimming upstream, and/or to distract us from the XLI steps left to go! 

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So long park, and thanks for all the fish!

 

 

By Monica Barraclough

 

Kaskel + Kaskel

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Here is a photo of the beautiful 1903 Kaskel & Kaskel Building which is being deomolished and replaced with a 40-story tower. All efforts to save it have failed.  The wonderful mansard roof is already gone. 

Built in 1903, the Kaskel & Kaskel building originally served as a high-end men’s clothing store. Local preservationists have been fighting to save this building for nearly a decade now by expanding the Madison Square North Historic District and by getting the building individually designated.

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Ironically, in the background is the site of McKim Mead & White's Pennsylvania Station, Destroyed in 1962-1963.

 

by Dan Allen

 

 

 

Quick, Draw!

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Architects are always debating the best computer software or Cad program and we always will. However, when it comes to discussing quick ideas and opinions about projects, nothing compares to a giant chalk board or a white board. The team uses this board in my office every day to discuss details, scope ideas and concepts. Here are two random days in the past few weeks. Looking at these photos now, there is almost no way of knowing exactly what each line means weeks later, but the second they were drawn everybody in the room perfectly understood every line.  The wall becomes the architect's sketch pad.

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"My sketchbook is a witness of what I am experiences, scribbling things whenever they happen" - Vincent Van Gogh

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by Matthew Jenkins

 

Which is Which?

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Atop of a building, resting on heavy beams, the Condenser units blend in with the city surrounding them. It is like the source and its destination are superposed in a sea of masses, and it is hard to discern which one is the object, and which one the building.

In a world where we label everything we see, it is interesting to find how similar things are when you forget something as simple as scale.

 

by Laura Blanco Moreno

"We'll go to Yonkers – where true love conquers – in the wilds, And starve together dear – in Childs"

Popular in the 1920s and 1930s, Childs Restaurant was one of the first national dining chains. The buildings that once housed Childs Restaurants are known for their interesting architecture, such as intricate terracotta details. 

Unfortunately, only a handful of the former Childs Restaurants are landmarked and are therefore open to being demolished. 

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Terra cotta faces being stripped from a former Childs Restaurant on 6th avenue in Manhattan, before and after. 

 

By Katie Ipcar. 

 

Before + After : 54 Bond Street

The Bouwerie Lane Theatre at 54 Bond Street is a mixed-use, cast iron building in the NoHo Historic District. This ornately detailed corner building designed in the French Second Empire style by Henry Engelbert and initially constructed between 1873 and 1874 as the Bond Street Savings Bank. It was then home to the German Exchange, loft and storage space, and the Bouwerie Lane Theatre before being converted into a high-end residential condominium with ground-floor commercial space in 2007. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Bouwerie Lane Theatre and individual landmark in 1967, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.