Cast Iron

Three Eras Overlaid

That’s a picture of the cellar of a small commercial building in midtown, taken during a fairly extensive renovation in the 1990s. The metal framing is original, and consists of a round cast-iron column with a cast-iron base plate with vertical stiffeners (the spider-looking thing directly above the spray-painted X), a steel beam just inboard …

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A Survivor

A favorite bookstore of mine is interesting for something other than its books. It is an important gathering place for people who love books, book readings, and intellectual discourse, and it’s a survivor. After 35 years in its present location, it almost went the way of many other neighborhood shops when it was bought in …

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Perfectly Suited Technology

That’s 135 Hudson Street, an 1887 warehouse most noted when it was new for its plainness and therefore its place in the new architecture of the late 1800s. It’s now, like pretty much everything else in Tribeca, very expensive apartments. The architect was Francis Kimball, who a few years later would be designing several impressive …

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