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  •  cool! (none)
    Another building with a spectacular lobby that I adore is the Fred French Building on 45th and 5th - the neighborhood where I grew up.

    I admire the multicolored terracotta friezes that decorate the facade, too.  Nobody does stuff like that anymore.

    Perhaps some mighty victory is growing in you now. - Mike Finley

    by hrh on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 08:19:07 PM PST

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    •  Lobby? You MUST climb thru a window... (none)
      to reach the setback roof. Don't get too close to the edge if you are scared of heights!
      •  that would be a great tour (none)
        "Climbing Through Windows of NYC Landmarks".

        I have always wanted to explore the top of 230 Park Avenue  What's up there?  Do you know?  Besides pigeon shit, of course.

        Perhaps some mighty victory is growing in you now. - Mike Finley

        by hrh on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 08:33:58 PM PST

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        •  Not sure that I would have the quijones (none)
          to try the metal roof, but that lantern looks large enough to host a small party.

          It would be a lot of fun to hang with some maintenance folks and see things not normally seen.

        •  I should add that (none)
          when I was a stoner highschool kid, we loved to visit job sites at night. It began on a small scale, houses and condo projects. It evolved to us walking a plank to get to the tower crane (during a snow storm of course). I love job sites. I love talking to the workmen and women, and watching how things come together, and learning how not to make the same mistake again.

          Bet you can't guess one of my favorite books!

          •  what's the book? do tell! (none)
            I enjoy job sites too.  I love seeing things get built.  When I was at the WTC, my job had to do with office construction and space planning for my firm - working with the architects, engineers and construction contractors.  We built office space for 300 people including a couple of trading floors.  Then just when we were almost done with that, the company changed its mind, so we moved out of the WTC and into a different building across Broadway, and all of that had to be built out to our specs.  It was a cool job.

            In NY, did you ever meet any of the Native American construction guys?  They're mostly from upper NY State and come down to work in the trades, primarily steel construction (their traditional specialty) but not exclusively.  They're very interesting people.  I got to know one who was called "Chief" - fullblooded Mohawk with black hair down to his waist.  He looked like he came out of a movie.  Quite a guy.

            Perhaps some mighty victory is growing in you now. - Mike Finley

            by hrh on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 08:17:27 AM PST

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