A Lion Guards in Riverdale

Riverdale, Bronx has many unique buildings, but I’m particularly fond of this one, which I pass every day on the way home. It’s a Flemish-style residential/commercial complex with stepped cornices and lions guarding the front.

View of a guarding lion at a Riverdale residential complex brought to you by Monica Barraclough.



Despite the surface unpleasantness, the dampness, the sootiness, and the occasional cockroach scurrying by, there is something intriguing about roaming amidst Willy Wonka-sized ductwork, candy-coated pipe spaghetti, and immense oil tanks that rival the size of some NYC apartments.

This candy apple beauty is one of a trio of boilers I had the pleasure to meet at a site visit to a school in the Bronx.  No longer manufactured under the “Federal” name, these stout old timers are solid steam punk contenders. Although I would have liked to linger a bit longer to appreciate the sheer massiveness of these oddly charming machines, I had to keep up with a busy custodian and time-strapped engineer trudging toward our task at hand: an oil tank room under a foot of water.

“We have so much time and so little to see! Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.”

View of a vintage Federal Corporation boiler brought to you by Laura Termini-Lande.



While the iconography of NYC bridges is synonymous with a dynamic people stretching past their natural limitations, some connections don’t necessarily evoke a bustling metropolis.  A rough-hewn stepped archway connects a riverside home to Palisade Avenue in the Bronx, while the Henry Hudson Bridge connects leafy Spuyten Duyvil to the last natural forest of ancient Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park.

Views of a Palisade Avenue residence (above) and Henry Hudson Bridge (below), both brought to you by John Sicoli.