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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!


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Sandhogs’ Progress

The Waterford is being Secanted!

 While we were away cruising, the sandhogs were badgering away. In order to support the underground vault for the auxilliary building which will eventually occupy the small lot opposite our building on 93rd Street, a secant wall must first be built on three sides. This wall (which will reach down to the underlying rock), will stretch from the corner of the Waterford garden on Third Avenue along to the main entrance steps, then right-angle across  93rd Street and right-angle again along the back of the lot opposite.  The engineers refer to it’s shape by the geometric term ‘secant’. It formed by drilling a series of round holes about three feet in diameter, each drill-hole overlapping the next by about a third of its diameter. Before such a wall can be built, it is necessary to construct guiding walls for the drill bit so that it cannot wander off the vertical. Incredibly, the cores are made of  polystyrene just like the packing which protected your new PAD.  Here is a picture of them:

Looking towards the Waterford entrance from the north side of 93rd Street

. . . . . similar view showing the preparation

Here, the polystyrene cores have been set in place along the back wall of the auxilliary lot and part of the right-hand one which will cross 93rd Street to the Waterford

Line of cores in front of the Waterford

Concrete is being poured around the cores to form the guiding walls

Here is an intriguing puzzle. How do you prevent the massive drill from chewing up the great tangle of utility cables which occupy much of the spce beneath the city streets and sidewalks? The Groundhog's clever solution is to bundle the cables together in flexible plastic tubes so that they can be bent around the drill as it descends!

Farewell to an eyesore

For two years we have listened to the rumble of the three storey elevator which brought up the crumbled rock from the tunneling drill to the waiting trucks.  Filling them at the rate of 40 to 50 per day:

This is the scene which greeted us last week. Doesn't seem quite so interesting does it?


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