Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"The City Loves Me!" . . . The Steinway Mansion Speaks. (Sunday, January 24, 2016).

3. Count 'em. 3.

The Great Blizzard of 2016. 
  Sunday, January 24, 3:09PM.  

Heading north on desolate 42nd Street at the Steinway  Mansion Historical Heritage Site in Astoria, as other streets in Queens remain buried in impassable snowfall, three NYC sanitation vehicles "plow"  the already plowed street.    



Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Steinway Mansion and the Great Blizzard of January 23, 2016.

(Click on each photo for an enlarged view.)

Photo 1  (41st Street looking north.  Steinway Mansion at right  behind trees.)

Photo 2  (41st Street looking north.)

Photo 3   (Snow blocks main entrance of the Italian-imported gate.)

Photo 4  (41st Street looking north.  A long way down.)

Photo 5  (On 42nd Street looking south.   Warehouses' skeleton facades.)

Photo 6  (Top: early morning blizzard begins.  Bottom: the aftermath.)

Photo 7  (View looking west.)

Photo 8  (Panorama on 42nd Street.)

Photo 9  (42nd Street looking north to Berrian Boulevard.)

Photo 10  (Then and Now #1)

Photo 11  (41st Street looking south.)

Photo 12  (Fence damaged by the blizzard.)

Photo 13  (Fence damged by the blizzard.)

Photo 14  (2nd floor window open...interior damage to this landmark?)

Photo 15  (Then and Now #2.  2nd floor window open...interior damage
 to this landmark?)

Photo 16  (Then and Now #3)

Photo 17  (Looking across damaged fence to Mansion facade.)

Photo 18  (Looking north across fallen snow.)

Photo 19  (41st Street looking south with Steinway stables in right distance.)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Tale of Two Boroughs

Colden Auditorium on the campus of Queens College, January 21, 2016 in the State of the Borough Address by Borough President Melinda Katz:

"Another major ongoing public works project has been the restoration efforts of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.  This iconic architectural marvel had fallen into disrepair due to the decades of neglect.   Some even dismissively referred to it as 'The Ruins'....When I began my term two years ago, I made the commitment to save the Pavillion....we've successfully secured over $10 million to-date toward important electrical and structural improvements on the Towers....Some of you may be familiar with the Seven Wonders of the World:  Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro,  the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, the Pyramids in Yucatan peninsula, the Taj Majal, the City of Petra, and the Roman Coliseum....In another milestone, the Pavillion became the latest addition to the new World Wonders....Some of you may recall the original grace of the Pavillion, and how it lit up against the night sky.  We'd like to bring that back....So we're working with the Parks Department on illuminating the Pavillion with permanent external lights, funded by my office and the fellow elected officials mentioned earlier.  I'm told that the design will be finalized this fall, and it will be lit up next year....And so yes, this national treasure...is well on its way to being restored into a visible icon.  And it will befit 'The World's Borough' for generations of families and visitors to enjoy."

The Steinway Mansion in Astoria, viewed from 42nd Street under the almost full moon of January 21, 2016:

Forlorn and forgotten, this historical heritage site sits in a state of ignominy, awaiting its aesthetic suffocation by the construction of mundane warehouses. It and other historical Queens landmarks were totally ignored in the Borough President's remarks.  The so-called "World's Borough" really the "Borough of Shame".

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Ted Cruz, you see this?

Where?  47th Street and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway West in New York City, in the Borough of Queens - Donald Trump's original home...Isn't this precious?  For all to see as they drive the roads of  liberal Gotham.  Including innocent little children.  ("Mommy, Daddy, What are those people doing?")

Photo 1.

Photo 2.

Photo 3.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Steinway Mansion Update: Iron Skeleton Facades of the 42nd Street Warehouses Now Complete (January 13, 2016)

Last segment of the 42nd Street warehouses' facade girder-work now in place.

EXCLUSIVE.  Salvatore Lucchese, co-owner of the site, pays a supervisory visit.  (January 13, 2016)


Monday, January 11, 2016

The 5 Seasons at the Steinway Mansion Queens Historical Heritage Site.

The tree presence in the upper left quadrant of each photo
 shows us the season: