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York Looks For Time In All The Right Places

June 23, 2010

What's The Time Now?

Not too long ago, before the ubiquity of cell phones, PDAs, computers, wrist watches, pocket watches, and clocks of all sorts, the church was an important part of telling the time. This beautiful church clock tower that York Restoration Corporation walked by more than a few days ago probably was once relied upon to tell lots of people the time. Lovely!

Though it’s important to be on time, York wouldn’t mind avoiding the tether of cell phones, wrist watches, and other time-tellers. It’s nice to lose yourself and lose track of time while on a walk, as York did on its last stroll through Manhattan, only to be greatfully reminded of the hour by the happenstance of a church.

Ah well. Perhaps York Restoration Corporation was built for a different era. But then again, older eras didn’t have power grouters and Sawsalls!

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Repetition is beauty

June 22, 2010

Perfect Arches

We rounded a corner near Greenwich Avenue and stumbled on this beauty. The repetition of a theme is a necessity in building buildings – it’s aesthetically pleasing to see the same perfect arch repeated around a building, broken up every other level with another set of repetitions, like a well-used patio or even the zig-zag of a fire escape.

Next-level awesomeness achieved when the building’s denizens, whether a deliberate maneuver or accident of fate, match up to provide additional continuity, a riff off the common theme.

The green and red the planters provide are a perfect example of next-level-ness, in York Restoration Corporation’s eyes. We were struck with the duality of simplicity: beautiful <em>and</em> easy aren’t always a cinch to pull off in apartment living.

It’s a cute reminder that a little effort can so often go a long way.

York Restoration Corp. Visits The Church Of Saint Joseph

June 18, 2010

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Just in case you weren’t tired of churches, yet!

This is the Church of St. Joseph, a very clean and neat church in Greenwich Village. The church was opened in 1924, and has since (of course)  gone under a number of renovations.

Not the least of which was adding a beautiful, wonderful, amazing organ! If you’ve a chance to sit in on a service… DO! That organ could bring tears to a dead man.

We usually think of churches as these dim areas with faded, worn stone edifices; quiet things filled with whispers and old books. This iteration of St. Joe’s is bright and cheerful with happy lines and colorful windows! We like the change-up, here! York was surprised to find, after a little reflection, that this church appealed to our aesthetic senses.

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York Restoration Corporation Visits The Community Garden

June 17, 2010

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There’s no better place for York Restoration Corporation to relax than in a garden. Even better? A garden situated in the middle of the best city in the world after a long walk in its streets.

York Restoration finished its latest stroll through Manhattan in this fine community garden. The natural pinks, yellows, and greens calmed us, sent us into fits of whimsy and contentment. We, and I’m speaking of people in general here, I think we need more than concrete to be truly happy people. Is this partially why, perhaps, New Yorkers are notoriously quick to snap at tourists?

Are we secretly jealous of their wilderness?

Of course, this smacks of rampant pastoralism. And York Restoration Corporation wouldn’t trade New York City for a hundred thousand million community gardens (or tourists). Definitely not tourists, bless their wide-eyed hearts and upturned eyes. But who here doesn’t long for a stream to fish in? A forest to get lost in?

Unfortunately, we’re not one of the New Yorkers who can afford to buy our way into weekly or even monthly sojourns to wild places. We, like so many others, rely on brief respites within our parks, both community and city (and state!).

Maybe this post has morphed into a call for more green places within the city, or maybe it’s turned into a bent-knee beg for a raise from our employer. Not sure!

I do know, however, that that 15 minutes of near-solitary thought in a cool, quiet place made for one of York’s better moments in the city. We’ll be back.

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The Big Brick Building And York

June 16, 2010

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Somehow, this big, brick sore thumb stuck out and, yet, felt right at home.

It’s the age. It’s gotta be the age. It looks as if it’s been there for years and years, and somehow been grandfathered in to looking “right” in the neighborhood.

York Restoration Corporation would like to think that, like how people start to look like their pets (or vice versa), that the building’s residents have the same sort of odd draw that the building does. Or maybe, the building took on its residents’ esoteric ways? Who knows!

It’s our imagination!

A Nice Church Spotted By York Restoration Corporation Near NYU

June 15, 2010

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So many beautiful churches in Manhattan. This one’s down by NYU, where York was walking around last week.

York Restoration Corporation hasn’t had a chance to restore many churches yet, and it’s a shame. We’d love to show off our one-of-a-kind restoration skills on such an important, permanent stage.

Some day. It’ll happen, we know it. Until then, we’ll keep enjoying these churches, cathedrals, and monasteries from afar, secretly rebuilding and restoring them in our minds.

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Red, Brown And York Restoration Corporation

June 14, 2010

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You know?

York Restoration Corporation‘s looking over these two photos, and we can’t remember why we took them. I mean, there’s the color scheme, which I guess is pretty ok, and there’s the storefronts, which remind me that we need to get a Nintendo Wii for the office, but other than that?

I can’t recall.

Sorry everyone!

Restoration Corporations Of New York Salute Our Gift From France

June 11, 2010

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No, it’s not the REAL Arc de Triomphe. It’s the York de Triomphe! York Restoration Corporation strolled through Washington Park in Manhattan, arm-in-arm with a beautiful, warm pretzel (with mustard), when we came upon the Arc.

The arch was built in the late 1800s to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Washington’s inauguration as first and arguably baddest (in a cool way) president of the US. Grover Cleveland comes in a close second, I think.

While New York’s arch was modeled after the official Arc de Triomphe in France, ours is only about half as tall (77 ft to 160 ft) and not quite so “Triomphic” overall. But! Ours was made in America! Its inscription reads,

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.” — Washington

YES! The wise and honest restoration corporations can repair anything! Washington was the man. I don’t care how many cherry trees or fake teeth he burned through in a lifetime.

Little-known addendum: my favorite despotic, warmongering, diminutive crackpot, Napoleon, originally wanted a building in the shape of a giant elephant in place of the Arc. Let’s all sigh in relief that cooler heads prevailed.

Arc de Elephant?!?

The Walk-up Lament

June 10, 2010

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They fight the good fight. They stand as tall as they can against their younger brothers. And they’re darn pretty!

These are just a few snaps of the little brick buildings who’ve held their ground against New York City’s voracious appetite for more and more space. They’re a throwback to a different time, and it’s nice to see them here and there as York Restoration Corporation strolls through Manhattan.

One guesses that the majority of these little guys will be gone in another 60 years or so. The relentless progress of time, population, as well as the inevitable contraction of elbow room and space to breathe, seems to signal the impending demise of this type of building. Low to the ground, cheerful as it is simple, it’s probably an unfortunate accident of life that entropy and decay will suck under these happy little buildings.

Unless!

Historic tags! Preservation societies! These are the groups, the banded brothers of nostalgia and walking uphill (in the snow!) both ways to and from school, who can save our brick walk-ups! Perhaps you’ve not reached that age yet, but remember: you, too will age. You, too will succumb to physics and science and yes, even nostalgia.

Remember these cute buildings as they slowly crumble with the passage of time, just as our own joints – knees especially – deteriorate, until we’re both quiet and flat underneath freshly disturbed earth.

At least we’ll have a headstone; who will know that a brick walk-up once lived here?

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Every Restoration Corporation Enjoys New York’s Met Building

June 9, 2010

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This giant, foreboding wall of windows is one face of the gigantic MetLife building (nee Pan Am Building), located slightly above and behind Grand Central Station in central Manhattan.

Strangely enough, it’s not even owned by MetLife any longer. It’s owned by some group called Tishman Speyer Properties, which sounds more like a mom-and-pop apartment leasing venture than a group with the clout to buy an iconic Manhattan high-rise.

York Restoration Corporation is, sadly, not a huge fan. It reminds us of many of the generic Los Angeles sky scrapers, boxy and gray, boring and somewhat of an eye sore. All of that is multiplied, of course, by its location behind Grand Central. It stands out, (somehow gaudily) despite its generic ugliness, a throwback to the utilitarian, almost Modernist, late 60s/early 70s high rise architecture that dominated the day.

Ah well. It is very popular with tenants, supposedly, probably because of its central location and attachment to Grand Central.

Maybe someday we’ll see a replacement, but it’s highly doubtful. The MetLife building is probably here to stay.