Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Kind of Busker

A nerdy engineer from Columbia in a Boba Fett mask? Props to Gothamist for reminding me I took this picture. Make sure you watch the video.

The 8-7: Looking Sharp

This is that old precinct they are converting to affordable housing. The garage, I would assume, is going to be a communal recreation room. Looks sharp.

Skateboard Furniture

Industrious skaters are pouring some well crafted skateboard furniture under the BQE.

Stuffed Animal Massacre

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

41 Cooper Square

As an alumnus of the Cooper Union, I was invited to do some party time in the new building. The following are personal highlights, in no particular order:

Corner detail of the Alumni Terrace on the 8th floor.

A grated egress stair.

I believe this is a wind tunnel.
I'm sure this is a urinal.
This is a tension-compression machine. It was put in the cellar before the slab was poured above it; that means it's big. Word on the street is they used it to test what it took to punch through a NYC manhole cover.
You can see it sits on several W Sections [think I-Beam] embedded in concrete. The whole thing slides on the steel beams, if you need to reposition it--for any reason.
Atrium stair detail.
The red egress stair.
Classy recycling.
Framing the Foundation Building.
At the very end of this garden, you may be able to see one of the original eagle sculptures from the original Penn Station. It used to sit in the courtyard of the old engineering building.

Sweet eyewash.

Detail of the steel mesh that runs through the atrium meeting a column
The atrium.
Artist studios on the top floor. Notice the north-facing skylights above?

Intimate auditorium in the cellar. The texture is brought to you by some fine, crumpled wire mesh. Both acoustical and aesthetic.

Monday, November 2, 2009

350 5th Avenue, 54th Floor

aka: The Empire State Building

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On The Train

I saw something on the train the other day. I've been taught that if I observe a suspicious package or behavior on the platform or train, I shouldn't keep it to myself. This falls under suspicious behavior on the train.