That Union Square Building Isn’t About to Collapse

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"You stare and look, and one column looks wrong," Scott Masterson, who works in a building across the street, told NBC New York. "Then you look at another column and you say, 'That's not right, either!'" Take a deep breath, Scott and others who have walked and will walk by the New School's in-progress campus center at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street. The crooked columns are not the product of shoddy construction or underground tremors but careful engineering that uses angled beams to support the building's structural load, according to the dean of Parsons the New School for Design. Phew.