Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Richardsonian Romanesque, folks.

Built in three stages beginning in 1885-86 by architects A.B. Ogden & Son, our Estey Piano Factory home is a NYC Landmark.
The factory wing along Lincoln Avenue to 134th street was started later in 1909 then raised to the full 5 stories in 1919 as the Estey Company grew. But it’s the original section on the corner of Bruckner and Lincoln that is a reigning Bronx example of what has come to be called “Richardsonian Romanesque” architecture, a specific type of Romanesque Revival (1870-1900). 
Commercial buildings in this style are generally associated with a heavy structural appearance almost always built in masonry and often in red brick with stone detailing.

Other typical features include bold inset cast terracotta decoration,

belt courses of “zig-zag” or “in-out” brick,

roundtop windows with repeat arches as used in ancient Rome,

carved figures including cherubs, griffins, and lions,

and stone corbels with cornices, a flat roof and often, a tower. 
(check check check)
Richardsonian Romanesque, folks. 
We live in a landmark.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

one in a million

Remember Bette Midler’s Million Tree project 
we reported back in April?

I met one of her protégé’s in Brook Park the other day,
 at 141st and Brook Avenue.

It’s a Hornbeam.

These trees are well suited to harsh urban living. 
First, it’s ideal for our frost zone and it will grow in
 almost any soil.

Second, the wood is hard and very pest and disease
resistant. Early settlers made bowls and implements from
this tough wood.

The leaf is elongated and pointed and with teeth along the edges.
 It turns yellow/orange in Fall.

In Spring it produces a hanging fruit city birds and
squirrels will feast on.
They say planting a tree is the ultimate act of faith in a better future.

Good luck, little guy.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

our lives matter

Ingrained problems are surfacing and dialog is turning into civil disobedience. 

We have been here before.

We’ll survive. 

Our premise of equality under the law and personal freedom remains the best any country has to offer.

If the UN were to take down all immigation laws for just one week, 
half the world would pour into our country.



Saturday, August 20, 2016

a tasty pizza England

suddenly seafood