(New York Water Tunnel #3, Under Construction)
Infrastructure is rarely a topic of notice to the typical City-Goer. It often happens behind the scenes, and unnoticed to the general public.
Not many New Yorker’s know, but many experience on a daily basis, the addition of the New Water Tunnel #3 Viaduct; partially completed and also still under construction under the tangled streets of the City. Providing fresh and potable water to residents, the water Tunnel is designed to supply Greater New York from the Upstate water supply system.
(Map of the Water Tunnel’s and their connection to Manhattan)
Burrowing deep under the ground, the water tunnel is accessed through vertical shafts intermittently occurring in and around The City. Shown in the picto-graphic below, the scale of both the tunnel and the access system is enormous, as is its budget at an estimated 6 Billion USD. Considering the span of its construction, nearly 50 years, this puts the price tag in a larger perspective.
(Picto-Graphic of the Water Tunnel and its link to Manhattan Buildings)
Over time, the water tunnel will enhance the quality of life in The City by providing clean water for future generations ahead. It will allow for the shutdowns of New York’s other water tunnels for repair (#’s 1 & 2) which have been in service for much of the previous decade. An investment well made for the Greater New York.
Links of Relatable Note can be found Here:
60 Minutes video on the miners of Tunnel #3.
NYC.GOV weblink to Water Tunnel #3
Wikipedia Link to Water Tunnel #3.
St. Nicholas Church (Rendering), New York, NY. Image by Santiago Calatrava Architects.
Soon to rise above ground, the foundations of The Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only religious structure destroyed in the September 11th attacks, have been placed. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the same architect of the World Trade Center hub, and subject of our prior post “The Serpent of The Trade” The new church will act as a central beacon looking out across the Trade Center Fountains.
(Interior rendering of the New St. Nicholas Church)
Unknown to many visitors and observers of the reconstruction effort, the church has been mired in many stops and starts through its efforts to rebuild. Now though, A Byzantine form is about to ascend at this place which witnessed great destruction. Another symbol of Hope at The Trade; and undoubtedly a new pilgrimage spot for those seeking solace in Our City.
Links of Relatable Note:
A fly through video of the Church’s future reconstruction can be found HERE.
Link to the St. Nicholas National Shrine page can be found HERE.
An article on the design and rebuilding effort from the New York Times can be found HERE.
(The View from 432 Park Avenue, New York, NY 2014. Image by Stephen Farrell)
The New York Times has featured the newest
Rich Enclave Addition to our Urban Landscape this week in an article focusing on Building Height. Thin, tall and making an impression, The Rafael Vinoly Tower has proven to be quite a stunner. You can read more about Its Skyline altering views and watch a video from The Pinnacle Here.
Highlighted in a prior post “New York’s Next Tallest, Climbing” , our site continues to seek threads which bind The City and its built environment together.
As a marker of memory, it remains to be seen. For visitors, the vision of a pencil thin obelisk may not be the primary impression people remember, but it may somehow linger in the background. For those of us residing here, The Tower will likely serve as an object for orientation. So despite the elitist nature this structure stands for, it has nonetheless become a symbol of our growing Metropolis. In the corner of one’s eye. The Center of New York.
The month of October is “Archtober” with a monthlong series of events for the Urban Wanderer in and around New York City. For a complete listing, you can click HERE. For the calendar of events, you can click HERE. And For a link to the Archtober Blog, you can click HERE. This is the fourth year of Archtober, and it continues to grow. For the Urban Wanderer in The City, it is a wonderful way to explore the treasures of New York, both old and new.