Thursday, December 31, 2015

Aladdin's new look just in time for the New Year, Montrose Skybar in hindsight

Now al Addin -- after Signage Redesign 
912 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine: new sign 
From Aladdin to Al's Addin' 

North-East corner of Montrose and Westheimer prior to signage modification 
In other ALADDIN news, the former site of Ruggles Green (demolished and long-vacant) now serves a much-needed additional parking lot both for Aladdin and for the recently opened Burger Joint north of the intersection of Westheimer and Montrose at California Street.

Montrose Skyline post-Skybar

Corner of Lower Westheimer and Montrose - new residential
tower emerging in the distance where the Skybar used to be.
912 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77006 
Lower Westheimer in Montrose



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Motor Doc on site, but where is the roof doc?

Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill on Lower Westheimer
1303 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Behind: Tremont Tower with blue cap covering leaky roof 

Vintage truck at Doc's Motorworks patio bar (or rather, deck) in Montrose 

Crane spotting in Downtown Houston

Can you identify these buildings and construction sites? 
Hover over pic with mouse to read hidden photo caption

Esperson Building with crane at Skanska Capitol Tower project site

609 Main at Texas Hines Highrise

Market Square Tower West of Market Square on Milam Street

Cranes at Hines Market Square Tower seen from Main - State National Building on right

Market Square Tower 320 Milam Street

Hines Market Square Tower (crane) - JPMorgan Chase Bldg - Calpine Centrer
Market Square with Christmas Decoration 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

609 Main at Texas - End-of-Year Construction Status

Christmas decoration on Main Street - Binz Building on left
X-Mas Decor on Main Street
Mirror image of construction cranes and rising tower 

View of rising tower from the East - Chase Tower behind 

Looking up from the sidewalk at the Rice Hotel 
View from Main St sidewalk 
New Tower rising - View from Main Street at Prairie looking South 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kirby Collection collects street addresses: 3200 Kirby Dr, 3300 Kirby Dr, and 3333 Lake St.

Kirby Collection construction site  
now sports three street addresses 

EE REED CONSTRUCTORS L.P.. sign with site address
3200 Kirby Drive, 3300 Kirby Dr, and 3333 Lake Street
- EE REED CONSTRUCTORS L.P.. sign with site address 
Status of ground preparation work as of Dec 22, 2015 

The excavated pit is ready for foundation work
Kirby Collection Development - Project sign on South-East corner 

Upper Kirby "superblock" project site: North-East corner at W. Main looking South 

3200 Kirby Driver 3300 Kirby Dr, and 3333 Lake St.  
Houston TX 77098 

The Halal Guys logo and signage is up, adding bright colors to the Farnham-Greenbriar curve dominated by the drab grey of the AUDI Dealership garage

The Halal Guys - New shop in Houston on Farnham Street 3821 Farnham St, Houston, TX 77098
The Halal Guys now have a colorful storefront
next to the not so halal Upper Kirby Car Wash  
The NOW HIRING banner went up before the logo and signage was installed.
Strangely, the Halal Guys'call for help is facing toward the 59 Diner, rather than the oncoming traffic on Farnham heading to the SW Fwy or Rice. Are they trying to poach food service workers from the 24-hour diner known for its eggs and omlettes. 
59 Diner - 3801 Farnham St, Houston, TX 77098 at Norfolk
59 Diner on Farnham at near SW Freeway / AUDI Dealership on Lexington 
Grey Audi Dealership Structure 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Corporate Plaza office/restaurant buildings coming down in Upper Kirby (gallery of demolition pics)

On its last leg(s): Miyako sign at Corporate Plaza 
soon to tumble

Miyako signage atop Corporate Plaza building on Kirby Drive

3910 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Erstwhile eateries at Corporate Plaza Building
Miyako Sushi, Cafe Red Onion Latino Fusion, Madras Pavilion Indian 

The West-facing side of the building is still intact as of 12/22/2015,
but not for much longer (view across Kirby Drive) 
Doomed courtyard between office buildings 
Doomed water fountain behind the fence 
Partially torn-down building 
View from Norfolk St at Kirby Dr looking South 

Corporate Plaza demolition site December 22, 2015 

Restaurants at Corporate Plaza: Miyako - Red Onion - Madras Pavilion 
Corporate Plaza - Multiple restaurants on North-facing side 
snap kitchen van parked on Norfolk St at Corporate Plaza 
North and East side of Corporate Plaza Complex (panoramic photo from 2012) 

Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos

Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos
thumbnails of blog post pics Summer 2015

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics
2015 Jan-Feb Pics Posted