Westworld Webs

Tangled webs of steel in NYC. Scaffolding epidemic shrouds sidewalks creating dank tunnels. Scars landmark architecture and darkens storefronts. Kills business. Yes. I’ve written about this a lot. West Side Rag quotes me as a “local scaffolding critic”.  A City councilman wants to limit timeframes for prolonging this blight. My NYTimes comment completely agrees. Dakota disfigured by it for years and still 36 to the day after John’s Lennon’s demise.

Westworld. Season finale. Spoiler Alert! Twist without a twist. Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode. Kept waiting for a less hackneyed reversal. Too obvi. Will the hosts turned proprietary inhabitants now have to rely on the creepy little writer for their story lines? What about William. He owns the place and seemed to survive. Anyway. Long road to a finale which was neither surprising nor particularly clever.

Scaffolds Scar NYC

There has been an explosion of steel scaling sides of buildings all over New York City. Restaurants. Hotels. Residential buildings. These metal webs remain installed not for months but for years. It’s a new era of blight causing claustrophobic tunnels shrouding sidewalks from the sun and blocking New York’s historical architectural beauty.

Just found out that one of our favorite Upper West Side seafood restaurants Ocean Grill  has closed. Entrance-obstructing scaffolding has left former sidewalk diners and customers at bay since 2012.

What the hell?