Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

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!


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.

A Nice Church Spotted By York Restoration Corporation Near NYU

June 15, 2010

Church Image From York Restoration Corporation

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.

Church Image By York Restoration Corporation

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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!

Oh, to live in an apartment like this…

June 2, 2010

York Restoration Corporation Great Architecture

Don’t get us wrong – we here at York Restoration Corporation love our apartments and condos and little homes in and around Queens. Some of us even have a little back yard for our dachshunds to play in, or a little patio attached to our little apartments. We’re generally happy with where we are, if not so excited about the little bit of square footage we’ve for furniture, guests, and closets. And the like. Yes, York Restoration Corporation is pretty pleased with life, in general.

But! These apartments? Wow.

It’s hard to imagine living a life with so much natural light lighting our days and evenings. Look at those walls of windows! It’d be great to spend an evening reading some non-fiction – say, a biography on Herbert Hoover – while the streets below teemed with harried New Yorkers, scrambling to and from jobs and lives, most of which could never imagine how much nicer it is to live with an entire wall made out of windows.

Ah, well. This building is one of our recent favorites, here at York. We’re in love with the odd architecture, the spacious floor plans, and, of course, the windows.

Well played, apartment dwellers. You win this imaginary round.