Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Stair Details, July 2004

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These are details of brownstone stairs taken on the Upper West Side of
There are a series of brownstones on one block that each have different
details carved into the front stairs. I have a number of different ones
here, but here's two. I also want to say this is either 78th Street or 80th
Street but I can't remember which it was.

These are (IMO) carved and not cast-- the designs have undercuts.
3rd Apr 2005, 17:26   | tags:,

Shoes says:


I guess the upper west side is quite posh then.

3rd Apr 2005, 22:47

bronxelf says:

It is now. I mean I suppose the area right by the museum was always pretty nice, but it's really been I guess over the last 20 years or so that it's really skyrocketed. Surely long after these homes were built. But the real estate prices up there are *obscene*. Although many of the brownstones have long since been divided into apartments, there are still some that are owned by a single owner.

The UWS started to get expensive in the mid-1980's and has only been going up in price ever since. The apartments in that area are larger than in many sections of the city, but in this case, all of these brownstones were once private residences.

I have a friend who owns a brownstone a bit farther uptown than this. I didn't grow up in a house, being from the city, I lived in an apartment until I moved to Los Angeles and I live in one now. The *ONLY* time I have ever had house-envy was when I was in my friend's brownstone.

3rd Apr 2005, 23:05