I wrote a little about the Slurry Wall project in Harlem yesterday. That was all I managed to get out before WordPress stopped cooperating. Here’s the rest…
While the merits of a large educational institution’s ambition to expand and change a swathe of Manhattan can be debated pro and con till the cows come home (in Manhattan, that would be a very, very long time!), without debate is the fact that what we are able to see will change. Gone are the low-rises of the past several decades that have afforded us views of the Riverside Viaduct, to be replaced by buildings that will, in all likelihood, obstruct that view.
I like seeing the viaduct on my travels downtown on the 1 train. I love the sweeping arches. I like imagining that this is technology that has been available since Roman times and the steel beams are a more modern expression of that. I like the connection to the past that it represents to me.
So, while it lasts, I’ll enjoy the view!