Tag Archives: Brooklyn

The rise of slender toothpick skyscrapers


A recent trend in skyscraper development, especially in New York City, has been pencil-thin, almost toothpick-like skyscrapers built on very small/narrow parcels. These slender towers look almost anorexic in appearance compared to many of their predecessors (see comparison graphic below).  … Continue reading

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Two triumphant and ironic films – “Brooklyn” and “Trumbo” 


My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing two outstanding films over the past weekend. On Friday night, we bicycled to the charming Bijou by the Bay Theater in downtown Traverse City and watched Brooklyn. This beautifully crafted and … Continue reading

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These rankings seem skewed to favor one city


Since when are the boroughs of New York City considered separate cities? Apparently, Forbes magazine believes they are synonymous even though they were consolidated to form the current city boundary in 1898. In its 2015 rankings of “the best cities for … Continue reading

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Tallest prefab tower grows in Brooklyn


Currently under construction in Brooklyn, New York is the world’s tallest prefabricated tower – a 32 story, 322 foot tall apartment building containing 363 dwelling units. Erected much like individual Lego pieces, each of the 930 units is constructed offsite, … Continue reading

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