Friday, August 3, 2007

peaking through the windows of 800 madison


The above shot was taken through a first floor window at 800 Madison, looking west towards Metrostop. 800 Madison has gone through some major changes. There's a good amount of workers putting the place together, but it seems the workforce has less people on the job than say a project like Metrostop. But still, there's been a ton of action lately - the first floor walls are going up quickly. Here is a large scale perspective shot, looking south:


And here are a few shots of the outside walls, which will eventually be home to the mega first floor parking garage. I'm sort of bummed that the windows are so small though. Gives off a Hobokenites in Prison kind of vibe, instead of a warm residential tone. We'll see how it goes. It's too early to judge, right? :



The dual window shot. Someone should paint a big smile on this section:


On the south end, they have begun laying down the concrete flooring:



Are we at the MoMA?!


Now I just know you've all walked past this on the corner of 8th and Madison and thought to yourself. "Hmmmm, that kinda sorta looks like Mickey Mouse, right?" Come on, you know I'm right:


Here's an interesting contraption. To me it looks like an antique oxygen tank that one of our neighborhood elderly citizens left there by accident, but I'm sure at the construction site it serves some major purpose. Anyone have a clue?


Here's a palate full of materials:


800 Madison, the prison documentary:



To keep costs down, 800 Madison has hired a new freelance security team, instead of the usual police officer situation:



And lastly, the real stars of this project are pictured below. First up are Danny Deere Digger, and his son Tiny:


Next up is Barry Bomag. He's an import:


Then of course there's Jazzy Johnny, the 'Honda Fit' of the construction equipment world. A surprising amount of cabin space, and it sips gas. I hear there's a convertible in the works for next year:


And finally, we have the bully of the group. Burly Biff. Side profile, and the rear end money shot. Watch out he'll steal your lunch money:



Think McFly. Think!

2 comments:

P said...

"Here's an interesting contraption. To me it looks like an antique oxygen tank that one of our neighborhood elderly citizens left there by accident, but I'm sure at the construction site it serves some major purpose. Anyone have a clue?"

Acetylene torch, used for cutting metal in a hurry. Those pieces of metal are called rebar, used for reinforcing concrete. They will use the torch to cut those off. Don't worry, grandma is still breathing.

P said...

HH, you find any official word of what this going to look like?