Tag: Buildings (Structures)

The Mystery of the Tiny Twin Towers

Weather: Clear skies and a high around 50. The weekend will be chillier and breezy — sunny on Saturday but cloudy on Sunday. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving). ImageThe stone carver Joseph Kincannon.Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times The Times’s Sharon Otterman reports: High on a scaffold, a stone sculptor rebuilt a tiny […]

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Explosives Fail to Take Down Crane at Site of Collapsed Hard Rock Hotel

The demolition of two construction cranes that were in danger of falling didn’t go exactly as planned on Sunday at the site of a building collapse in New Orleans: One was left dangling high above a city street. Demolition crews used explosives to try to safely take down the cranes, which were each more than […]

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Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans Collapses Amid Construction

Parts of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed Saturday morning, drawing a response from firefighters and other emergency workers, a witness said. Construction workers had to run to safety as a portion of the hotel came tumbling down, according to WWL-TV. The upper floors began to crumble on top of one […]

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For Churches, a Temptation to Sell

The Church of the Redeemer, at Pacific and Fourth Avenues in Brooklyn, had been closed to the public since 2010.CreditChristopher Lee for The New York Times A rendering of Five Six One Pacific, which is being built on the site of the church.Creditrendering by Visualisation One The sight of old spires squeezed between new towering […]

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School Collapses in Kenya, Killing at Least 7 Students

NAIROBI, Kenya — At least seven students were killed and dozens more injured in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday when the school building they were in collapsed, a government official said. The two-story wooden structure at Precious Talent Top School, a private school in western Nairobi, gave way around 7:30 a.m., shortly after classes began, a […]

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It’s Tough Being a Young Skyscraper in New York

The MetLife building was born with an inferiority complex. Even before construction was completed in March 1963, critics called it ugly and unwanted. It was deemed an overgrown, traffic-snarling invader on an already teeming East 42nd Street. Even worse, the tower wasn’t nearly the tallest one in New York, and the records it set smacked […]

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7 Relatives Worked at a Construction Site. Then Came a Deadly Collapse.

When José Quizhi heard the news about a building collapse in the Bronx on Tuesday, he quickly made his way to the scene from New Jersey. Mr. Quizhi, an Ecuadorean immigrant whose seven relatives were working at the job site, said he feared the worst. While Mr. Quizhi’s brother walked away unscathed, another family member, […]

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The Unexpectedly Tropical History of Brutalism

ImageIn the beach town of Ubatuba, Brazil, rises a reinforced concrete house — with an external staircase in the same material — built in 2014 into the canopy by the São Paulo architect Angelo Bucci and his firm SPBR.CreditTodd Hido Long associated with European cities, the style has plenty of history in other parts of […]

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‘It’s Like Watching New York Melt’: As Towers Rise, an Old Neighborhood Fades

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Almost every week, Jeremy Schaller gets a call from a developer who wants to buy the two unremarkable four-story buildings that house Schaller and Weber, a German sausage and sauerkraut landmark on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One […]

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How Much Is a View Worth in Manhattan? Try $11 Million

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In New York City’s forest of tall buildings, having a view is an inestimable commodity, to be treasured and, when necessary, fought over. There have been pitched battles over Brooklyn Bridge vistas blocked by waterside apartments, and the shadows […]

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Mumbai Building Collapse Kills at Least 3, With Dozens More Trapped

NEW DELHI — A residential building in Mumbai, India’s busy financial center, collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least three people and trapping more than 40 others, officials said. The four-story building, which was estimated to be up to 100 years old, caved in around 11:40 a.m. in Dongri, a neighborhood in south Mumbai. Residents living […]

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Counting Down to a Green New York

New York’s ambitious plan to fight climate change by virtually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is underway — and the battle begins at home. Two-thirds of the city’s planet-warming pollution is produced by buildings, primarily residential ones, according to a 2017 inventory. In spite of recent efforts, impeded in part by years of intense […]

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Developers Built a 30-Story High-Rise. They Might Have to Chop Off 5 Floors.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In New York City, real estate fights between neighborhoods and developers over new projects typically take place long before any ground is broken. But the latest battle involves a 30-story condo tower in Manhattan that is nearly finished. It […]

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Britain Vowed Big Changes After This Tower Burned. Why Are Thousands Stuck in Firetraps?

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see if those promises were kept. LONDON — When fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in London, the flames were whisked through the […]

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