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Blog Posts by Subject: Building and Construction

The Early Proposed Railways for New York City, Part 1

"Everybody in New York wants rapid transit, but, strange to say, the moment that anybody sets to work with a definite plan for its realization, they are vigorously opposed and the work prevented." Looking at some of the early proposed (and sometimes partially built) railways for New York City for which the Science, Industry and Business Library has visual materials.Read More ›

August Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Philosophical inquiry at the movies… a looming retirement crisis… familiar New York landmarks seen from unexpected angles… the birth of NYC’s power system… the language hoax… the hidden history of the mob in NYC… Tomorrow-Land, the 1964-1965 World’s Fair… the great Boston - New York subway race… the Kitty Genovese murder… the inventor of electric traction… the hospice movement… the makers of modern Manhattan…Read More ›

Building Works: Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Building Works is a pre-apprenticeship training that prepares interested candidates for careers in the building trades. In partnership with the NYC District Council of Carpenters Labor Technical College, the 3 month training is tuition-free and provides both classroom instruction and hands-on experience preparing you for success in a union apprenticeship. Read More ›

Local Union #175: Skilled Construction Craft Laborer Apprentices

The United Plant & Production Workers, Local Union #175, will conduct a recruitment from April 15, 2014 through March 31, 2015 for six skilled construction craft laborer apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced on March 13, 2014 at Roslyn Heights, New York.Read More ›

Gustave Eiffel Beyond the "Useless and Monstrous" Tower

Gustave Eiffel who was born 15 December 1832 in Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France was much more than “just” the creator of the Eiffel Tower. A man of many passions and accomplishments, Eiffel attended high school at Lycee Royal where he studied engineering, history and literature. He graduated with a degree in both science and humanities. He first studied at the École Polytechnique but later transferred to the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris, graduating in 1855 with a diploma in …chemistry. He was interested in construction from an early age and a couple of years after Read More ›

Job Opportunities: The New NY Bridge

After more than a decade of delay, a New NY Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee is becoming a reality. The first span of the new twin-span bridge is scheduled to open in 2016, and the new bridge should be complete in 2018. The new bridge will be designed and constructed to last 100 years without major structural maintenance.

The New NY Bridge will mean less congestion for motorists, with eight traffic lanes, four breakdown/emergency lanes, and state-of-the-art traffic monitoring systems, as well as a dedicated commuter bus lane from the day it opens. Designed and 

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Recruitment: District Council 9, Painters Union

District Council 9 - Painters Union will be hosting open application days for positions of Dry Wall Taper apprentices (Local Union 1974) and Structural Steel Bridge painters (Local Union 806).

Job: Dry Wall Taper apprentices (Local Union 1974)  

Date: Friday, December 27, 2013

Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location:

Training Center 45-15 36th Street Long Island City, NY

Job: Structural Steel Bridge painters (Local Union 806) 

Date: Friday, January 10, 2014

Time: 8 a.m. to 3 

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Design for a Lifetime, or: "What Do We Do About the Bathtub?"

Would you consider New York City "age-friendly"? That is, is it a place where people of all ages—including the very old—can feel comfortable, safe, and happy?

One million people aged 65 and over call New York City home, and a half-million more are expected to swell those ranks by 2030. New York City's top-notch public transportation system and rich access to cultural institutions contribute toward making it a place where these folk will want to stay; most are not planning to leave for southerly climes anytime soon, if ever.

 

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Carpenters Recruit Apprentices in August

The New York City District Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Committee will conduct recruitment from August 19, 2013 through August 30, 2013 for openings in the following trades: linoleum, resilient, tile and carpet layer; dock builder/pile driver; carpenter apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced on July 19, 2013.

To obtain an application, individuals must complete a NYCDCC of Carpenters lottery card with their name, address and Social Security Number. Application lottery cards will be available Monday through Friday, from 9 

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Free Job Training in Construction Trades: July and August

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations help jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement.

Looking for a career in the construction trade?

Building Works Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program can get you there!

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations is proud to partner with the New York City District Council of Carpenters on Building Works, a pre-apprenticeship skills training program in construction and 

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Free Job Training in Construction Trades

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement.

Looking for a career in the construction trade?

BuildingWorks Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program can get you there!

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I ♥ G-Dubs: A Love Letter to the George Washington Bridge on Its 80th Birthday

The George Washington Bridge (Photo: Jason Megraw)

Most New Yorkers, when asked to name NYC landmarks, will conjure up the familiar array of iconographic symbols that make up our city: the Statue Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Ground Zero Memorial, etc. — but having grown up in Washington Heights, I can’t help but place the George Washington Bridge among the great monuments of Gotham pride. Ever since its completion in 1931, this stunning suspension bridge has remained a sight that never gets old, one which 

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A Tour of the Stacks

On Sunday, December 5, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building was the site of the 2010 Holiday Open House, the Library's annual thank-you celebration for donors at the Friends level ($40) or above. Besides enjoying building-wide party fun, attendees were offered a rare opportunity to glimpse a part of the Library that is normally hidden from public view: the building's central stacks 

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Log Cabins R Us

Folk singer Pete Seeger looked up 'log cabin' at The New York Public Library when he wanted to build a home in upstate New York, according to a recent New Yorker interview (Wilkinson, Alec. "The Protest Singer." New Yorker v.82, no. 9 (April 17, 2006): p44).

Curious, I repeated his query in the library catalog starting with a simple search for "log cabin*" (the asterisk wildcard finds both singular and plural). Now I've posted a guide to these resources, attached 

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