Some mourn the destruction of an old building.  
In neighborhoods so dense, one reliable structure, serving
multiple purposes, can impact many lives daily for years.
There is excitement, however, in observing the incredible
creative process that is new construction.

When an old building is razed,  windows of adjacent dwellings
have a view of the street they have not enjoyed in years, as
well as a front row seat to the process.  Each step brings
closer the finale of this well choreographed production, and
once completed, the unobstructed view is gone forever.

On the corner of 74th Street and Second Avenue in New
York's Upper East Side, neighbors will miss a popular Bagel  
shop, and relocated friends.  For future - a luxury residence.  
New Yorkers appreciate older buildings for their history, as
well as their affordable function.  However, when loss of
integrity requires replacement, it's only healthy to
embrace that which serves tomorrow.  

The monitoring of progress has been pleasant, as the site is
always kept clean and safe, and workers are as pleasantly
polite as they are industrious.  

This page is an effort to share with neighbors what they may
have missed along the way.
These windows enjoy a rare and temporary view.
March - May  2007
September 7, 2007 was a BIG day on Second Ave.
Seating on a long, brick planter wall across the street from the site was all taken.
Standing room only on the wide sidewalk.

A mobile crane was used to assemble the construction crane piece by piece.
Traffic was snarled a bit, but the audience was spellbound for hours.
by October 10, 2007
November 14, 2007
See how much progress was made by October 2, 2007.
First glimpse of the Architect's vision.
Other Photos
First photos taken through a soon-remedied hole in the wall.
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by December 6, 2007
by December 18, 2007
by January 10, 2008
View from E 75th St
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by January 18, 2008

A number of photos may appear very similar.  Angles,
outlines and shadows produced by each construction phase -  
in bright sun or cloudy day - are at once alike and distinct,
and produce contrasting effects.  The photos are also meant
to capture the “buzz” of the surrounding city and it’s people,
as they routinely pass by this rising tower.

Even the supporting equipment and materials form
fleeting designs against the urban landscape.  

Every few days, a phase of construction is completed.  As
walls and windows are installed, our view is progressively
limited.   It’s a gift to have this amazing process of
engineering and seemingly synergistic cooperation
happening so close to home.
by  January 30, 2008
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Men at work and
Progress through mid-February 2008
Other Photos
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Our new "Neighbor" becomes more beautiful each day.  As you can see, the site is always neat and
well-attended by a hard-working, polite and cheerful crew -  so life on Second Avenue goes on with very little

Below are photos taken near the end of March and on the 9th of April, 2008.
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Photos below, taken April 12, 2008 from a nearby rooftop, show
building progress as well as the relationship of our wonderful,  
functioning, older structures to the shiny newcomer.
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Taken April 14, 2008  - a slightly sunnier day.
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Men at Work
Below are photos taken from April 15 through May 3, 2008.
More spectacular every day.
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Men at Work

Men At Work

Men At Work
Men At Work
Men At Work
Photos below show progress from early May through the first of June 2008.
The mirrored facade offers a magnificent reflection of the surrounding area.
On June 8, 2008 -  it appears that only 2 floors remain unenclosed with windows.  
Temperatures have been lingering in the 90-degree range, yet progress continues.
June 12, 2008.   Only one more floor awaits the windows.
And by June 17, the top floor is finished.
On such a day, the building nearly disappears in the clouds and cloud reflections.