We can’t seem to escape the construction. My Mother The Dowager Duchess lives in an apartment complex in Brooklyn that has been under repair/improvements for years. After the scaffolding was erected years ago, the start was delayed. Then followed Hurricane Sandy, which caused huge amounts of damage, which put the previously planned brick and concrete repairs and terrace/balcony renovations on hold. Things finally got back under way over the past year and are now nearly completed. But the hammers, saws, and drills woke us 6 days a week during our summer spent in New York. We were so happy to return home to our Mediterranean peace and quiet.
And then the scaffolding went up on our building. The stucco is being repaired and painted. The two-month project is now in its third month of hammers, saws, and drills. It looks likely to last a total of four months. Wednesday, the scaffolding finally moved around to our end of the building. I was told they wouldn’t be working Thursday through Monday, so was surprised to open my eyes Thursday morning to see a vision of two men floating up past the front bedroom window. I guess I’ll have to close the blinds. Serenity now! (Click the images; I promise you won’t hear the noise.)
The Mediterranean in Winter
|LOOKING UP AFTER THE SCAFFOLD PASSED THURSDAY MORNING.|
|ONE BUILDING, 12 FLOORS PLUS PENTHOUSE,
|GOOD MORNING OUTSIDE THE KITCHEN WINDOW.|
|FIVE BUILDINGS, EACH WITH 24 FLOORS;
517 APARTMENTS PER BUILDING.
|LOW WHITE BUILDING AT CENTER, AND STRIP MALL,
WILL SOON BE REPLACED (SEE NEXT IMAGE).
|RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (TOP).
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS (BOTTOM). HMMM.
I’m taking the time for a number of things that weren’t important yesterday…