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Galvanizing: Long Island City's Tin Can Alley

Queens Crapper here from Queens Crap. I'll be focusing this week mainly on the most diverse borough in the nation. Well, it's become diverse people-wise. Architecture-wise, it's simply full of crap. We have a lot of ground to cover, so away we go.

First stop, Tin Can Alley in Long Island City. "To break up the expansive exterior walls, Randy Gerner, project designer at GKV Architects and principal in charge of the Gantry project, specified two different materials: shiny Zalmag shingles (steel coated with a unique galvanized material comprised of zinc aluminum and magnesium) and a rusticated, matte-finish fieldstone. The luminous interlocking metal shingles—made of 95 percent recycled material—contrast with the cement-based Chapelstone product. Both echo the area's industrial heritage." —Multi-Housing News

Not sure what they were thinking when they erected this baby, but my friends and I stood there with mouths agape for a few minutes when we first gazed our eyes upon it. If you're feeling a little unkempt while you're passing by 48-21 5th Street in Long Island City, then you can always use the side of the building as a mirror. 47 units of overpriced prime habitat—and all without a view!
· Manhattan-Style Condos Move Into Long Island City [Multi-Housing News]
· Tin Can Alley [QueensCrap]
· Introducing Long Island City: The Huge Construction Site [Curbed]