Urban Alchemy

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

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

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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As far as I know, both these homes are privately owned residences, not
apartments.Do not even *think* about the price.
20th Apr 2005, 01:01   | tags:,

Befny says:

So THESE are the type of home I was asking about? Hmmmm. Now, I get it.

20th Apr 2005, 03:51

bronxelf says:

These aren't *technically* brownstones.

They dont have a stoop. Hangon, I will find and post a brownstone photo.
Stand by.

20th Apr 2005, 03:54

bronxelf says:


This is how a proper brownstone entrance should look:

Note the flight of stairs. Theyre important.

20th Apr 2005, 04:02

Befny says:

And those bottom windows? The basement you were instructing me about?

20th Apr 2005, 04:07

bronxelf says:

Right. Also known as a "garden apartment".

There is also usually a *cellar* under that.

By defnition a "basement" is at least 50% above grade. a "cellar" is more than 50% below grade (it can be totally underground).

So there's say four stories, plus the basement, plus the cellar.

Honestly these houses are FUCKING HUGE. Narrow? But *enormous*.

20th Apr 2005, 04:09

Euphro says:

Nice houses and nice pics :)

20th Apr 2005, 07:37

McN says:

Do they have the funny fold up fire escapes at the back?

22nd Apr 2005, 19:52

bronxelf says:

No. Not tall enough. Most buildings in NYC under 6 stories don't have a fire escape. Some do, but residences are usually exempt if theyre not divided into apartments.

22nd Apr 2005, 19:53

McN says:

So what do you do," let down your long hair " Rapunzel style and shin down that ?

22nd Apr 2005, 19:55

bronxelf says:

In my case, this isn't a problem. :)

No, Actually that's based on time, and number of people living in a structure. In single family houses below a certain height, etc. it is assumed you have enough time to either get out on your own, or for the NYFD to get to you. Also, these homes are not easy to burn. Theyre very solidly built.

22nd Apr 2005, 20:08

McN says:

What would you save first in the event of a fire?
In my case, photos ( after significant others!)

22nd Apr 2005, 20:14

bronxelf says:

1. The cats.
2. My computer.
3. My assassins' guild pin.
4. my four best knives.
5. The last drawing Preston Blair made before he died.

22nd Apr 2005, 20:18

McN says:

Wow, comprehensive answer!
OK, add favourite books to my list.
Maybe I'm not a material girl after all (surprised)

22nd Apr 2005, 20:22

bronxelf says:

I can replace books. But the knives are one of a kind.

22nd Apr 2005, 20:24

McN says:

Do tell ...

22nd Apr 2005, 20:33

bronxelf says:

One of them is a sgain dubh forged by the best knife maker in the US for certain and just as certainly one of the best in the world, Dr. Jim Hrisoulas. One is a dagger whose hilt assembly is literally one of a kind, and contains Opus the Penguin wearing his goggles hanging onto a set of wings like Icarus. One of them is a small stiletto with a fluorite handle, and the other is a long silver stiletto which actually isnt one of a kind at all but is very important to me for other reasons. I'd probably also grab my foil and my epee as well.

22nd Apr 2005, 21:16

McN says:

So that's why you liked my armouries shots!
My girls were very taken with the ladies' pistols which morphed into daggers AND knuckledusters (bit worrying when the youngest is only 6)

22nd Apr 2005, 21:27

bronxelf says:


Oh sorry. Yeah. I have a bit of a thing about edged weapons.

Just a little.

Teeny, really.


22nd Apr 2005, 21:30