Wednesday night, ResLife sent an email to residents of 616 W 116th St informing them that, starting Thursday, February 17, scaffolding will be put up. I wrote this in the last moments of the building’s scaffolding-less-ness.

you are erected

tall and metal and cold.

your builders

careen past my window —

they are not tall or metal or cold like you.

(they grin as they peer into my window;

you smile in bright fluorescents.)

the only solace

in having our light blocked out,

our view obstructed

is that maybe,

just maybe,

a piece of the facade

won’t crack off

and careen past my window.

616’s horrible new scaffolding via this Bwogger