Sustainability/Green

Re-Cycle Re-Purpose

My summer project was to take down our falling down fence. I took down each fence board, removed all the nails, and stacked them for trash removal. There were a lot of boards:

I left small stacks on the curb for the weekly waste pickup. Sometimes, though, the stacks would just disappear. Some time later I found out that a neighbor would take the boards to make birdhouses. Just last week he gave us one of the fruits of his hobby labor:

Yes, that is the remains of some of our fence, and that is a little bell. The roof- evidence of his refreshments:

 It made us smile!

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The Barnes Foundation

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The entrance sequence is really throughtful and well done. One has to walk around the east end of the building, through a stepped garden, and past the reflecting pool to the entrance recess:

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The craftsmanship is pretty impressive:

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The stairs are darkly sculptural- similar to the African objects the Dr. collected. They are also very noisy and hollow sounding- not so good:

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Reclaimed boardwalk planks were used in the great room. The floor felt wierdly spongy:

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The gallery gates:

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The patio:

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Photography is verboten in the galleries, and the guards are aggressive, but I did manage to get a shot of the classroom furnished ala Nakashima:

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A little bit of Ando in Philadelphia:

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2nd Avenue BBQ

Our new project for Mighty Quinn's, on the corner of 2nd Ave. and 6th Street New York City, has begun construction and is moving along quickly. This front window will soon be a glass overhead door:

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The building has an interesting footnote in rock history, as the Fillmore East was the neighboring building. A well know fire occured in our building, in 1968, causing the abrupt ending of a concert by The Who:

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Mighty Quinn's, is setting up shop on the first floor after a very successful regular "gig" at Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg:

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Grand opening is planned for around Thanskgiving. Jusrt outside the front door is a "historic marker" for the Fillmore created by the wonderful Jim Power, The Mosaic Man:

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As for the Fillmore, not a trace remains:

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Bustin' on the Lower East Side

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It is not candy, nor a 3-D mural, but skate board wheels. For longboards specifically:

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Bustin' Boards makes skateboards to order in Brooklyn. By chance, we met the founder, Ryan, on the PATH train in 2003 or so, with his longboard- the first I had ever seen. That encounter led to the purchase of boards for Cal and Ethan. The boards themselves, formed plywood, are fun sculpture. I wish I knew how to "carve":

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