Investigation

Hidden Oddity

That’s the demolition of a small commercial building on the Upper West Side. Nothing remarkable – I stopped and looked only because I used to live in the neighborhood and must have walked by this building a few thousand times in the late 80s and early 90s. I was surprised to see that the roof …

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Mid-Air

Engineers share one trait with large-animal veterinarians: when we want to see our subjects in person, we have to go to them because they can’t come to our offices. “The Building Inspector as Action Hero” in the New York Times discusses two issues: the importance to the safety of NYC of having tall-building facades inspected …

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Playing Detective

Are you a college student or recent grad pursuing a career in #engineering? Visit DOB's table at the Manhattan College Spring Career Fair tomorrow, 3/12 1pm-4pm in the Bronx. And check out @DCAS #civilservice exams for info on Engineering Intern tests https://t.co/HEvJ9zvG9N pic.twitter.com/d1DmTEPChA — NYC Buildings (@NYC_Buildings) March 11, 2019 First, the DoB can always …

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A Mystery In The Snow

That’s a picture taken on yesterday morning’s walk to the office. A light snow was falling then, and it later switched to a drizzle before stopping, so there was never much accumulation. In any case, this is the Battery Park City promenade along the Hudson River. Like a lot of walkways in the city parks, …

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A Data Point

That crack monitor was installed in the 1980s, something like 35 years ago, so it’s safe to assume that the crack in the plaster is at least that old. The monitor was epoxied into place, and it’s still holding on strong – I tried to move it any hand and couldn’t. So…what does it mean? …

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