Just another day on West 95th St
On the left of the picture is the yellow digger belonging to Con Ed, the local electricity utility. It is digging a hole on the other sidewalk. To the right is the van they used to block the street. In the foreground is the van belonging to our demolition contractor, and to the right is the truck delivering the scaffold to erect a protective roof over the sidewalk so our contractor can erect the scaffold that is currently on top his van, in front of our building to repair the brickwork. Got that? Well now;
That was Tuesday, which was the day for street cleaning on our side, which meant that at 11:30 all the cars parked on our side had to move. We had therefore arranged a new dumpster,collection of the scrap steel, and the crane to deliver the steel joists for floors one, two, and three. It was sure all happening at once. Meanwhile our site manager and the boss of the general contractor are both on holiday.
What fun is the building industry in Manhattan.
Just as a matter of interest, this was the state of the inside of the building as the street was clogged and the sound was deafening. It was in preparation for that steel being delivered once the scaffold contractor was out the way, the cars had moved, and the scrap had been cleared out of the way. Needless to say, the crane arrived before the sidewalk scaffold was finished. Fortunately the workmen from the scaffold company were happy to down tools and sit watching the skill of the crane operator.
Oh, and on Thursday, Lorna and I went on holiday ourselves, for two weeks! OMG