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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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Sandhogs resurface and the 96st Subway entrance begins

The tunnelers have been digging away underground for two years or more. The west tube is completed and the east tube is already drilled south to 72 street or thereabouts. On, Saturday, the Sandhogs came to the surface to bond with the Second Aveunue  above-ground dwellers. In spite of the terrible disruption to our lives, most of us are fascinated by their work and appreciate that it will eventually pay off for us all. On their day off, the Sandhogs took the trouble to set up a table with bottled water and doughnuts to offer to melting Second Avenuers braving the sweltering heat. Their gesture was universally welcomed and appreciated. Here we are with our sandhog friends:

Free doughnuts!

New friends

The first major signs of the state-of the-art entrance to the 96th street subway station are under way. Parallel walls about three feet apart have been built around the  rectanglar perimeter of the entrance. These are the guide walls for the massive grab which has aready sunk slots in the earth to the depth of 65 feet at each end of the rectangle. Now comes the tricky part. The slots have to have pre-fabricated re-bar stuctures lowered into them, and the unstable nature of the structures and the precision placement necessary  cause tensions to rise all round. Streets are closed off as a precaution and every one holds their breath untiil the re-bar is lowered into its slot. Two such structures are placed side by side and the concrete mixers unload, two at time until the slot is filled. I believe it takes more tha 25 loads to fill each slot! The following sequence will give you an idea of the major engineering feat. Remember that this proceedure will have to be repeated (perhaps a hundred times) before the 2nd Avenue Subway is up and running. The 96th street entrance will be completed in early 2013:

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