Saturday, April 21, 2012

when was the last time walked through Central Park in Spring?

I walked to the west side yesterday. 
With my camera.

Friday, April 20, 2012

wonderful waste of 90 seconds


opened in 1956

The first New York-New Haven railroad bridge over the Harlem River was made of wood, built in 1841. The second iron replacement arrived in 1867. 

By the time our ClockTower was being built in 1886 more than 200 trains a day were crossing the Harlem, right in sight of our loft building.

So by 1897, the third bridge arrived; the first truly modern one with a 300 foot steel truss to span across the water.

But by the early 1950’s, that bridge was overloaded and failing and so the fourth bridge--the one still in use today--opened in 1956.

It’s a lift bridge; the center section rises straight up on cables to make way for sea traffic below. This bridge spans 340 feet.

In September 2010 a fire broke out on the wooden fender island seen in this photograph below. 
September 20, 2010

Twenty photos taken during that fire can be seen here:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


“This brain dominance makes left-handers more likely than right handers to be creative and visual thinkers. This is supported by higher percentages of left-handers than normal in certain jobs and professions - music and the arts, media in general. Left-handers are also generally better at 3-dimensional perception and thinking, leading, for example, to more left-handed architects than normal.” 

“emotional expression, spatial awareness, 
music, creativity, imagination, 
dimension, gestalt (whole picture)” 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

imagine implication

American Founding father Alexander Hamilton came to New York in 1772 at 17 to study at King's College, which later became Columbia University.

Even as a student he wrote passionate defenses of the revolutionary cause, later joining the Revolutionary War as a Captain of Artillery.

After the war he co-authored the Federalist papers in 1788, a series of 85 articles promoting the adoption of our American Constitution. 

He was America’s first Secretary of the Treasury and a member of George Washington’s cabinet. He was a pretty big deal.

In 1802 he retained architect John Macomb Jr. to design a Federalist style house he named “The Grange” after his ancestral Scotland.

But he was dead two years later, shot to death by political rival and Vice President Aaron Burr in a famous pistol duel.

Alexander Hamilton’s claim to posterity is developing the concept of “implied powers” which empowers our Federal government to actions that support the constitution but are not specifically mentioned within it. 

“Implied powers” have been used by American presidents ever since.