If you stare at length into an abyss, the abyss also stares back into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche (Wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.)
|PHOTO 1. A NYC SANITATION TRUCK HEADS NORTH ON THE 2-WAY 41ST|
STREET CLEARING THE NARROW PUBLIC ROADWAY OF SNOW.
NO FENCING TO THE RIGHT OF THIS VEHICLE.
|PHOTO 2. LOOKING SOUTH. NO EXTANT FENCING ON|
THE ROADWAY'S WESTERN SHOULDER.
|PHOTO 3. DISCARDED JUNK AND WEEDY UNDERGROWTH|
FOUND ON THE ROAD'S WESTERN SHOULDER. NOTE ABSENCE OF
|PHOTO 4. GARBAGE STREWN SHOULDER ABSENT OF FENCING.|
|PHOTO 5. 41ST STREET LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS|
BERRIAN BOULEVARD. NO FENCING ON THIS PUBLIC
THOROUGHFARE'S WESTERN SIDE.
|PHOTO 6. WORK BEGINS ON SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017, FOR THE|
8-FOOT HIGH CHAIN LINK FENCE. (COMPARE THIS VIEW WITH
PHOTO 1 FROM SIX MONTHS BEFORE.)
|PHOTO 7. POSTS AND RAILS AWAIT THE CHAIN LINKS|
OF THE FENCING .
|PHOTO 8. LOOKING NORTH. THE FENCE COMPANY SUPERVISOR|
ATOP THE 41ST MANSION "RISE".
|PHOTO 9. FENCE COMPANY WORKERS. MANSION MAIN|
ENTRANCE TO THE RIGHT. MANSION PROPERTY DOES NOT
EXTEND ACROSS TO THE WEST SIDE OF 41ST STREET.
|PHOTO 10. FENCE WORKERS.|
|PHOTO 11. FENCE WORKERS.|
|PHOTO 12. THE COMPLETED 8-FOOT HIGH CHAIN-|
|PHOTO 13. THE NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED FENCE ON THE|
SHOULDER OF THE WEST SIDE OF THE
41ST STREET ROADWAY ACROSS FROM MANSION VICINITY.
|PHOTO 14. UP AND OVER. DID THE MANSION OWNERS HAVE A|
LEGAL RIGHT TO THIS AREA FOR "THEIR" FENCING?
|PHOTO 15. 8-FOOT FENCING CONTINUES ALONG THE WESTERN|
SIDE OF 41ST STREET.
|PHOTO 16. THE PRIVATE 8-FOOT HIGH FENCING|
ON A NYC PUBLIC STREET.
|PHOTO 17. WHO SIGNED-OFF ON THIS?|
|PHOTO 18. NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED MANSION|
WAREHOUSES SEEN AT RIGHT.
|PHOTO 19. MANSION. FENCE. LEGAL?|
|PHOTO 1. WHO'S MISSING?|
|PHOTO 2. INDEED. WHO'S MISSING?|
PHOTO 1. Nineteenth century drawing showing the portico's roof
with balustrade fencing on top (large red hand). Similar balustrade fencing atop the tower
surrounding the cupola (smaller red hand) - presently missing as well.
PHOTO 2. The Steinway family in this late 19th century photo
under the roofed portico entrance.
PHOTO 3. The late mansion former owner, Mike Halberian, points to the
missing portico roof which was removed decades ago because of its
dilapidated condition. Note extensive foreground landscaping which
no longer exists because of the presence of newly-constructed warehouses.
PHOTO 4. Mike Halberian standing in the same spot as the Steinway family
seen in Photo 2 (above). Mike's pet chicken, seen here in the foreground is positioned
at about the second floor of the intruding newly-constructed warehouses.
|PHOTO 5. The beginning of the reconstruction of the portico's roof.|
|PHOTO 6. Portico roof reconstruction.|
|PHOTO 7. Portico roof reconstruction. Note flower urns seen in photo 1.|
|PHOTO 8. Portico roof reconstruction.|
PHOTO 9. Way atop the tower, the now copper-clad cupola's weathered plywood door
has been replaced.
|PHOTO 10. Copper rain leader.|
PHOTO 11. Extensive use of copper materials in building renovation.
Seen here: Copper flashing.
To what purpose all of this? Now that the
magnificent entrance view toward the 1858 NYC
landmarked edifice cannot be seen from street level?
(Photo 12 below.) What could have been an artistically-stirring vista to the Mansion's grand entrance
(see Mike Halberian's "chicken photo" #4 above) has
now been obliterated by the warehouse construction.
What kind of nincompoop architect designed this?
What kind of nitwit owners acquiesced to this design?
What kind of jack-ass Chamber of Commerce gave these mooks an award of distinction for
this aesthetic mayhem?
(See our post of last December 21.)
|PHOTO 12. Newly-constructed warehouses and the Steinway Mansion as seen |
from 41st Street, between Berrian Boulevard and 19th Avenue.