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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!

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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A Roof Most Restoration Companies Would Love to Hate

June 8, 2010

Restoration Corporations Admiring a beautiful roof

Wow. That’s… one heck of a roof there.

The restoration corporation involved with that roof would have a bit of a logistical headache on its hands. Nothing impossible, of course, but time-consuming.

But, the chance to work on something that intricate and historic! It’d be a joy to loath that job.

Working on old churches is a personal favorite. I can’t quite shake my Catholic upbringing; standing in a century (or centuries) – old cathedral brings a sense of calm to the job. There’s a smell to it – candle wax, stain for the pews, the must of old books – that reminds me of youth, of being young and cared for, meals taken care of, Nickelodeon back when Nick At Night ruled the evening, and frozen pizzas.

Well, some things stay the same.

There’s an old comfort to old things. It’s nice to be reminded of that now and again.

Seeing Green With York Restoration Corporation

June 7, 2010

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My old friend, Frank Lloyd Wright, once remarked as we were enjoying a spot of tea in Arizona, the setting sun splashing red all over the painted landscape around us: “Doctors bury their mistakes. Architects cover them.”

Not always, old friend!

Sometimes, adding a bit of green can add some excitement to the plodding sameness of an area or, especially if the ivy’s allowed to grow and spread, add some consistency to a desultory progression of architecture.

Dangers exist.

If your stucco or brick isn’t sound; if your cement and lime sealant isn’t true and pure, that creeping ivy can (and usually will) find its way in the imperfection(s) and start to cause hell in your wall. Newer structures, for the most part, don’t have to worry about this.

Wooden structures, it seems, inevitably fall to the creeping insistence of ivy. Whether it’s imperfections in the grain (ivy will force its way in the grain and then break apart the board from the inside, causing dry/wet rot), tearing apart seams (ivy will grow in-between the boards and grow… and grow… until the boards are suddenly cockeyed and unstable), or sheer weight (ivy grows until it weighs enough to collapse the structure), ivy’s been known to literally tear apart wooden structures.

But don’t let that get you down! Ivy, like a good dog, just needs to be trained. With a little effort and a month-to-month check-up, you can make sure your ivy’s going where it needs to go. It requires a little patience, but ivy can and will grow to cover just about any surface you train it to.

Give ivy a shot; just make sure your structures are sound, your surfaces are tight, and your schedule allows for a little oversight. Your building can look like Wrigley Field’s walls in no time!

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York Restoration Corporation Grooves on a Classic Building

June 4, 2010

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Mmm. That top floor. Creepy, right? Like something from Hitchcock’s classic, “Psycho.” Looks like there ought to be the faint outline of a cross-dressing, murderous, hotel-running Anthony Perkins looking out onto the street.

Not to denigrate the building! It’s a classic building. You know it’s solid, if a little dingy, and probably filled to its rafters with locals who’ve lived in the same apartment for 32 years. They who nod in the hall as they pass one another, occasionally share exciting family news, live with two cats and a cockatoo, eat too much salt, hoard the razor-thin ovals of nearly used-up soap bars inside a plastic bag under the sink so that, a few months and many bars of soap later, those little leftover soap slivers can be packed together to form a “new” Voltron soap bar.

This building says, “buy local.”

“Never try to lift more than you weigh.”

“Cut up all but one of your credit cards, then put that last credit card in a shallow bowl of water. Stick that in the freezer. Whenever you get the urge to buy, pull it out and wait for it to melt. Chances are, the urge to buy will’ve subsided by the time it’s completely unfrozen. Win!”

“Take your date for a walk and a picnic in the park rather than dinner and a movie. Unless you can’t hold a conversation. In that case, always suggest movies. If all else fails, ask a lot of questions and pray you’re attractive.”

Yes, I’d take that sensible building. If it were a woman, and I were dating, I’d have no qualms about taking her home to mother (so long as she cleaned up a bit beforehand.)

And she weren’t the female Anthony Perkins.

On The Job With York Restoration Corporation

June 2, 2010

York Restorations Corporation At Work

It’s almost Summer and York Restorations Corporation is hard at work making the city look beautiful. We make sure the job is done with great care and quality to make sure the restoration process of any building we work on in New York City so that it looks like it was built just yesterday. You can find us anywhere in the NYC region, from Central Park to Flushing and everywhere in-between.

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York’s Restoration Corporation + Restoring Earth!

March 28, 2010
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Building restoration experts and Earth restoration experts are teaming up to raise awareness about Earth Day, and more specifically – Earth Hour!

The hope is that by showing how a little change – by doing something as simple as being aware and turning off non-essential lighting when it’s not needed – we can save hundreds of thousands of KwH every day! And that means less burning of fossil fuels, less waste, less of everything that makes pollution, greed, and death in the world.

Vietnam electricity demand fell 500,000 kWh during Earth Hour 2010, which was three times larger than the first time the country joined the event in 2009. Toronto experienced a 15% decline in usage in 2009. It’s amazing!

Well done, everyone! Building restoration experts are natural conservationalists. I’m gonna go flex my muscles in a mirror (with the lights off, of course!)

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Building restoration loses a hero

August 4, 2009

Mr. Gwathmey's exterior restoration of the Guggenheim was much lauded for preserving its original beauty

Yesterday, Charles Gwathmey, the man who supervised and designed the restoration and expansion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, died yesterday. His work on the Guggenheim was applauded for respecting and preserving Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision while improving the flow and increasing the space available to the curators.

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