People at Work. Hard work.
NIcholas Karam leads the team at Karam Restoration of Natrona Heights. They can definitely take pride in their excellent work.
You can see from the photo below how bright and clean looking the brick is now that it’s been restored and new mortar has been put in. They are good at Brick Pointing for sure.
They would arrive before the sun was up and worked in cold temperatures, long dark days.
Today they came and took all the equipment and cleaned up the place. Rinsed the brick again. It’s a pleasure to pull up to the house and see it looking rejuvenated. Plus the porch roof won’t fall down from the missing mortar in the columns. I was thinking the house was built in 1920 but went and looked again and it says 1900.
(Now if only my carpenter would finish the wood that needs to be replaced)
Our first photo was four members of the team
When out of town guests visit, it’s an opportunity to be a tourist where you live and appreciate the sights the city has to offer. We parked and went into Heinz Chapel and I’ve been in many times. Each time you enter you think, hmmm I could be in France, the architecture and feeling of the sanctuary is remarkable. Some of the stained glass windows are seven stories high. I learned that they were all designed by a single artist
“The chapel’s 23 windows were designed by Charles Connick and created at his Boston studio. The windows total approximately 4,000 square feet (370 m2) and contain nearly 250,000 pieces of glass. There are 391 identifiable people in the windows, a large supporting cast of anonymous individuals, and an extensive variety of flora and fauna.”
Here are a few examples of some of the windows
Isaac Newton, John Keats, Emily Dickinson William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and Beethoven to name a few.
I used to watch the curtain blow in the wind. Someone left that top right window open.
Last week I photographed the window with the moving curtain, wishing I’d had time to video it. Red lights don’t last long enough.
Then last night, the window is gone. Steve was driving. I photographed the missing window with the eerie curtain. And I photographed it again tonight as I was driving over the RD Fleming Bridge again and got a quick shot. Just like that, it’s demolished.
Saturday morning we went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the new Museumlab (for older kids) is in the adjacent First Free Library.
In the original part of the museum, Charlie (4) and Maura (10) had a wonderful time together in the BACKYARD section which was open since it’s summer. When they would swing, the Interactive Metal Sculpture made clanging tones and the Bubbling Mud was great fun.
My sister and I had just walked the High Line Sunday morning.
I’d not seen the development of Hudson Yards. We were headed to the subway to go to Grand Central.
In order to climb this structure you have to get a ticket (free)
“The Vessel is composed of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, with almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings.” Footwear News It’s billed as a ‘Tourist Attraction” and everyone had a cell phone out, myself included.
Tons of people were milling about, waiting for it to open up so they could climb up the stairs. The Vessel cost than $150 million to build.
Controversy plus- Here’s an article by Katharine Schwab Why Everyone Hates the Vessel.
Multiple critics have given it pretty creative names ( not flattering) in the article. See what you can come up with as you stare at it’s shape. Wonder how designer Thomas Heatherwick feels reading all the criticism.
But of course I saw the opportunity to take another sister selfie in the metal. And here we are, reflected.
Your body gets skinny or wide depending on where you stand. I read the surrounding condos being built start at 2 million if you are in the market. Not.
Wednesday my sister and were walking to Grand Central Terminal Market to purchase LiLac chocolate as a hostess gift. We were headed to dinner at our cousin’s. Here’s the Daily News Building built in 1929 in the Art Deco style. Here’s the giant rotating globe in the lobby. Two photos of Christopher Reeve from filming the Superman movies are shown below.
Happy Go Lucky Hearts Hotel (and Hostel) In Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood.
Mural Art by Dom Browne, artist from Kildare Ireland. This is a LOT of mural painting, Dom.
Click here to see a gallery of the details of Mr. Browne’s Happy Go Lucky Hearts painting. You will find lots of recognizable iconic images- Bruce Lee, Rich Uncle Pennybags, Mary Poppins, Jack Nicholson, Curt Kobain, minions, emojis, Batman, to name a few
The colorful Happy Go Lucky Hotel really stands out- right next door are regular buildings.