Monthly Archives: October 2005

Oxymoron of the Day: Wal-Mart Saving Energy

Wal-Mart is expected to announce today a broad plan to reduce energy costs. The Times reports that the company intends “to reduce energy use in its stores, double its trucks’ fuel efficiency, minimize its use of packaging and pressure thousands … Continue reading

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Traffic Reversal

Here are two photos of the northwest corner of 89th Street and Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side. The first is from 1913. The second is from today. In 1991, the new owner of the corner building upset neighbors … Continue reading

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How a Parking Lot Squashed a Beloved Building

I am cataloging the New York City works of the great turn-of-the-20th-century architect Henry J. Hardenbergh, in preparation for a Starts & Fits feature section on his important legacy and impact on our city’s built environment. This post is a … Continue reading

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Maybe Break Up the Paragraph?

From time to time, I receive various pieces of architectural literature in the mail. The images above are from a final project submitted by graduate architecture students, who thought that for some reason they needed to clarify them with text. … Continue reading

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Always Park Near the Curb

I just got back from brunch, where an 18-wheeler was stuck at the narrow and crooked corner of Fletcher and Pearl Streets in the Financial District, in front of the parking garage I just blogged. The space between the cars … Continue reading

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211 Pearl Street: An Appreciation

Here we have a row of old walk-up tenements that have survived amid the skyscrapers of Wall Street. Which one of these buildings is an entrance to a parking garage? It’s not immediately obvious unless you see the modest signs … Continue reading

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