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Open House NY - October 8 and 9, 2005

The 3rd annual openhousenewyork weekend will be held October 8 and 9, 2005.

This is a fantastic way to see some of New York City's buildings up close and in ways rarely possible.

This year’s event will highlight 150 sites throughout the city, allowing you to explore landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, major projects such as Fresh Kills, and sites open for the first time, such as the grounds of Ellis Island Hospital PLUS lighthouses, lookouts, monuments, mansions, fireboats, forts, farmhouses, penthouses and SO MUCH MORE!

They also need volunteers to work at the sites as well as professional photographers.

Posted September 13, 2005 10:04 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Buildings & Architecture , Sights & Sounds   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge was completed in 1931, making it 75 years old next year.

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"The four main cables are composed of parallel wires carried back and forth across the river, each containing 61 strands of 434 individual wires."

According to the Port Authority, "During the first full year of operation in 1932 more than 5.5 million vehicles used the original six-lane roadway." In 2004, 108,404,000 vehicles crossed the bridge.

Books and Posters

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For posters of the GWB, see C1 - D1 on this page.

Posted August 10, 2005 01:33 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Buildings & Architecture   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Brooklyn - Williamsburgh Bank photos

Thanks to The Tin Man for a link to a "Beautiful panoramic view from the top of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building, the tallest building in Brooklyn." ... 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn

Here are some more photos of the Bank and the neighborhood around the bank from Satan's Laundromat: Williamsburgh Savings Bank 1 (with links to more photos from other sites), and Williamsburgh Savings Bank 2. He advises

the cathedral-like 63-foot-ceilinged banking hall on the ground floor, which is perhaps New York's greatest interior and certainly Brooklyn's, will be converted into a restaurant. (See it now, while you still can: the HSBC bank closes September 30th.)

forgotten ny has a story with photos has more photos and some architectural info

Old News - Conversion to Condos

the Wired New York Forum has a thread discussing the conversion of the building into condos.

Crain's New York reported in May that
Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building has been bought by Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, an investment concern started by “Magic” Johnson, and the Dermot Co., which plan to renovate the landmarked, 35-story tower into condominiums and ground-floor retail space.

Two short articles: the Daily News and Curbed.

Posted August 6, 2005 03:02 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Buildings & Architecture , Sights & Sounds   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

forgotten NY - web site - highly recommended

forgotten NY

If you love New York, then you must visit, and bookmark, forgotten NY. Run by Kevin Walsh, forgotten NY includes text and photographs of all parts of the City, new and old ... he also conducts walking tours ... upcoming tours are announced on the home page ...

Some of our favorite pages include

An incredibly rich site, forgotten NY will keep you occupied for hours ... I bet most of you don't make it to this sentence ...

For more about Kevin Walsh, see the gothamist interview. Thank you, Kevin Walsh, for a wonderful web site.

AGINY Highly Recommended and Top 10

Posted August 1, 2005 07:01 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Book and Web Site Reviews , Boroughs/Cities/States , Bronx , Brooklyn , Buildings & Architecture , Bus , Central Park , Getting Around NY , LIRR , NYC blogs , Queens , Research , Sights & Sounds , Subway , The Best , Top 10   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

New Penn Station Approved

New York has approved the design for the new Penn Station, to be located in the Main Post Office on Eighth Avenue, which is across the street from its current location. NY Daily News has a story.

James Lileks describes the current Penn Station pretty well:

Aside from rush hour, it was empty, and had a sad battered quality that made you feel like a rude sack of meat slumped over a ration of intoxicants. ... The reality is a waiting room with insufficient signage, a great hall that isn’t, and a Hudson News thronged with balding guys, ties askew, furtively paging through battered porn mags.

Posted July 20, 2005 05:54 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Buildings & Architecture , Getting Into NY , Sights & Sounds , Train   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)