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Old May 31st, 2008, 02:48 AM   #4741
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Minetta Brook, and Golden Hill

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... Around the government buildings by city hall used to be a lake known Collect Pond, but was later on used a dump, which lead to it being filled in. Canal St at one point was an actual canal until it was filled up in the mid 1800's hence its name and with the streets aside from it having that name, which is similar to Wall St once having a giant wall by it. Minetta St in Greenwich Village used to be a brook in its name meaning "Devil Waters" before being filled in. All of this information was taken from my Forgotten NY book that I have just to clear that I didn't just make this up.
The Minetta Brook still flows! It was diverted underground and flows through pipes and channels ... I am told you can still see it in a sub-basement of the Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village.

My uncle lives right near Fulton Street near Pace University and the new Beekman Place tower that is now under construction -- on Gold Street. It was named that because in colonial times, more than 250 years ago, there was a place nearby called Golden Hill (approximately at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York Police Dept. main headquarters) that was in the warmer months covered with yellow 'golden rod' flowers.

New York history and geography is fascinating!

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Old May 31st, 2008, 03:17 AM   #4742
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It is interesting. Thanks guys, the history lesson is much appreciated. I don't know why but I never wouldn've guessed canal st was actually a canal centuries ago. haha
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Old May 31st, 2008, 08:40 AM   #4743
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Too bad, it seems like 8 Spruce Street will be blocking the WTC from certain angles, but the more the better:

These towers look cool - is there a thread on SSC?
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Old May 31st, 2008, 09:21 AM   #4744
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Old May 31st, 2008, 05:14 PM   #4745
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The Minetta Brook still flows! It was diverted underground and flows through pipes and channels ... I am told you can still see it in a sub-basement of the Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village.

My uncle lives right near Fulton Street near Pace University and the new Beekman Place tower that is now under construction -- on Gold Street. It was named that because in colonial times, more than 250 years ago, there was a place nearby called Golden Hill (approximately at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York Police Dept. main headquarters) that was in the warmer months covered with yellow 'golden rod' flowers.

New York history and geography is fascinating!

Most of the old streams and creeks on Manhattan still flow. If not in pipes and channels then in their own slow underground pathways.

Water today still wants to flow along those old streambeds.

When a bunch of water starts ponding somewhere and the water department can't figure out where it's coming from, it breaks out the old 1600's-era maps of the streams and follows them backwards until it gets to the source.
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Old May 31st, 2008, 05:44 PM   #4746
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Too bad, it seems like 8 Spruce Street will be blocking the WTC from certain angles, but the more the better:

I'm more concerned with it blocking the Woolworth Building
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Old May 31st, 2008, 07:07 PM   #4747
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From flickr by vernnyc and mjpeacecorps.

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Old May 31st, 2008, 07:44 PM   #4748
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This project is huge
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Old May 31st, 2008, 09:02 PM   #4749
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I can't wait to see some levels built on this but IMO NYC needs to work on repaving its roads. Cross Bronx Espwy is the wost paved urban highway I have ever been on. IMO
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Old May 31st, 2008, 09:39 PM   #4750
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I can't wait to see some levels built on this but IMO NYC needs to work on repaving its roads. Cross Bronx Espwy is the wost paved urban highway I have ever been on. IMO
whats paving roads has to do anything with this project??
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Old May 31st, 2008, 11:07 PM   #4751
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Anybody knows if this is going to be the most viewd and posted thread in SSC history? And, how many post and replies it would have if it would have never been interrupted?

Sorry for the OT, just curious, I was making a comparison with BD thread.

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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:19 AM   #4752
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probably not, al burj and chicago spire will both have more IMO
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:52 AM   #4753
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Guess you can't go more than a few pages without a mention of the D word. It says a lot.
Must be insecurity.


I have been seeing lots of progress on the T2 site and here. I wonder when the core will go up again.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:48 PM   #4754
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Dubai is the biggest construction site in the world. Quite impossible to avoid its name in a construction forum

Anyway they're placing steel again on the beams. It's hardly visible due to the sunlight. But they've increased the size of one of the beams in the lower left corner
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Old June 1st, 2008, 09:28 PM   #4755
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Get a grip, nut. Yeah and there's more news.

They have erected the first horizontal columns today, but you can't see it, and it seems like there will be more activity with the steel from now on.

Bring out the welders.
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I guest nobody read the first page of this thread. I never seen so much love for a city that more theme park then city. Dubai is the Las Vega of the Middle East, nobody really lives there, yet people can't help but talk about how great it is. I don't think it that great, lets keep this thing on topic from now on.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 11:02 PM   #4757
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Another horizontal is placed. Very well visible in the lower left corner.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 11:27 PM   #4758
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yeah, can see it too.....and again some visible progress
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 12:39 AM   #4759
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does anyone know what the freedom tower site should look like in late August of this year. It will be cool to see it when im in New York City
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 01:59 AM   #4760
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Since the estimate now is the building hitting street level (that is the floorplates) in mid to late September, I would guess that this thing would be significantly visible above street level in late August.
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