Saturday, November 17, 2012


freedom from foundation


We know better than to build on something soft near water, right? Breezy Point sure illustrated that.


So how can the Freedom Tower be so tall and close to water?
The most carefully pronounced stone in the Geologic Survey.

Manhattan is basically a big rock poking up out of the water. And it’s very hard.

With some dirt and trees growing on it.

It’s been here 450 million years.

At ground zero they just swept the dirt off, drilled some holes, bolted in and went right up.

Friday, November 16, 2012

it’s getting dark early

not for the faint of Heart

Happy Friday! Turn it UP!

Ann and Nancy Wilson, Billboard #11 in 1977

So this ain't the end


I saw you again... today.

I had to turn my heart away. 

Smiled like the sun.

Kisses for everyone!

And tales -- it never fails! 

You lying so low in the weeds

I bet you gonna ambush me.

1965 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback

You'd have me down down down down on my knees... 

Now wouldn’tcha? Barracuda!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

there’s good news, there’s bad news

The good news is the New York Times is reporting that the young man who accused Elmo’s puppeteer of an inappropriate involvement has taken his story back.

They were involved.

But the young man was of age at the time.

Now comes Gawker media with a hilarious bad news feature entitled:  
“How to Explain the Elmo Sex Scandal to Your Kids”

The boy doll stands in for Justin Beiber. lol

The internet is cruel.

But funny.

one tough town

Built at 89th and Lex just one year after our ClockTower, this beautiful Romanesque apartment house is gone.

It was demolished and replaced with this in 1960:

You've gotta be kidding, right? 

Architect Henry J. Hardenbergh also designed the Dakota in 1884 and the Plaza Hotel in 1907. And we knock his buildings down?

Fortunately landmarks stepped in. Tucked away on a side street is one of his remaining, single-home masterpieces
 339 East 87th.

Red brick with terracotta inserts, archtop windows and zig zag brick, this building shares DNA with our ClockTower home.

But that wisteria is destroying the brickwork.

This vine is 100 years old.

The tendrils find the mortar lines and grow in and wedge the brick apart. Wisteria is very hard on brick.

It grew right through the iron rail, too.

Tough town, New York.

If the wrecking ball don’t getcha the wisteria will.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012