September 1, 2014 |
I'm currently sitting in front of my computer not wearing a bra. This is pretty standard for me, not usually an issue, except I just made eye contact with a construction worker standing one foot outside my window. I've got scaffolding problems. Construction is a fact of life in New York City. Real estate is to New York as oil is to Texas, it's where all the money is, and for real estate barons, maintaining and improving their most valuable asset takes precedence over any resident's needs.
December 22, 2013 |
Several dozen protesters carrying placards reading "Local People, Local Jobs" marched Friday at Eighth and Market Streets, complaining that Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and its scaffolding contractor had turned their backs on local workers. The timing came as a surprise because, while many members of Aker's regular unionized workforce were laid off during the recession and a downturn in shipbuilding in 2010, they have been recalled and are back on the job. Employment at the nation's second-largest commercial shipbuilder is 1,100 - what it was in July 2010.
June 14, 2013 |
THE SALVATION ARMY has a one-word answer for anyone who wondered if it rebuffed a request to put protective scaffolding over its Center City thrift shop: No. On Wednesday, the organization refused to address questions that arose after two lawyers separately claimed that the Salvation Army either denied or ignored requests to have scaffolding installed while a demolition crew tore apart a neighboring property at 22nd and Market streets. That four-story building crumbled on June 5, and flattened the narrow thrift store, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
January 16, 2012
By Craig Fehrman Rick Santorum's near-miss in Iowa provided a reminder that, for many Republican voters (and not a few candidates), religion and politics overlap. If you need another reminder, though, consider this: The Smithsonian has restored and put on display a weird and fantastic 19th-century book known as the "Jefferson Bible. " That's Jefferson as in Thomas, and this private, personal document offers a useful case study in how politics and Christianity have mixed it up in American history, right up to today.
September 15, 2011 |
SAN DIEGO - Scaffolding collapsed on more than a dozen cars at the nation's busiest border crossing Wednesday, injuring at least 11 people and halting all traffic trying to enter from Mexico, authorities said. A construction worker at the San Ysidro crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was in serious condition, said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, he said. A section of scaffold installed to protect cars from overhead construction collapsed onto eight of the crossing's 24 northbound vehicle lanes shortly before 11 a.m., officials said.
August 24, 2011 |
Following Tuesday's earthquake, engineers at Camden's Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital hurried Wednesday to secure the 30-foot Blessed Mother statue - damaged by the quake - in anticipation of the next natural disaster: Hurricane Irene. The earthquake caused the statue to shift, opening up a crack one to two inches wide in the middle. The 15-ton limestone sculpture has stood atop the hospital for 60 years and is a Camden landmark. Scaffolding material arrived at the hospital Wednesday afternoon and a crew worked to assemble it through the evening.
August 22, 2011 |
Three workers were injured this morning when a scaffold collapsed at a building site in South Philadelphia, police said. A 40-year-old man was reported in serious condition with head, neck and back injuries at Jefferson University Hospital following the collapse on the 700 block of South 15th Street. Two other workers, ages 28 and 41, suffered lacerations and were in stable condition at the hospital. Police said the scaffolding collapsed about 6:45 a.m. at a rowhouse undergoing reconstruction.
August 22, 2011 |
Cee Williams just knew there was something wrong with City Hall. He just couldn't put his finger on it. No, no, nothing political. He looked around the sun-splashed courtyard Friday afternoon. "Something's missing," he ventured. "I don't know what it is, but something's not right. " He cast his critical eye over the white granite facades, dazzling in the light. And then it hit him: no scaffolding. No Erector set of planks and pipes and screwed-together steel steps, no ladders dangling over empty space, no plastic tarps flapping in the breeze, no whine of cleaning machines, no hammering, no entrances blocked, no yellow caution tape, no construction fencing.
February 12, 2011 |
Two friends of accused shooter Gerald Ung on Friday gave a Philadelphia jury their versions of the events leading to the Old City shooting of Eddie DiDonato early on Jan. 17, 2010. Neither, however, shed any light on the trial's unanswered question: What started the argument that ended 70 seconds later with Ung, 29, a Temple University law student, critically wounding DiDonato, 24? "I still don't know why all this happened," Joy Keh, a New York news photographer who was visiting Ung, told the Common Pleas Court jury.