Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Grand Central Hotel: Murders, Suicides, Scandals, and Disasters in New York’s Most Famous Forgotten Inn

Today, if you stand at the intersection of Broadway and West 3rd in the Village, and look to the southwest, you’ll see a rather unassuming red brick post-modern apartment block. It is set back a few yards from the sidewalk, … Continue reading

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Before & After: Grand Opera House at 23rd & 8th

A rather unassuming building now occupies the Northwest corner of 23rd Street at 8th Avenue. Before 1868, the lot was part of Clement Clarke Moore’s estate “Chelsea,” whose name has endured on the neighborhood which was once his rolling farm … Continue reading

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Before & After: 47 Prince Street

Berenice Abbott, one of New York’s most celebrated street photographers, snapped a picture of two tired old federal-style rowhouses at the northwest corner of Prince Street and Mulberry Street, across from Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in 1935. Two years later, … Continue reading

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Murder at Madison Square Garden: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, and Harry Kendall Thaw Made Headlines in 1906

Stanford White was one of the leading architects in America in 1906, when he was murdered in cold blood atop a building he designed. Born in New York in 1853, he apprenticed under Henry Hobson Richardson, whose “Richardsonian Romanesque” style … Continue reading

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Building Blocks: 34th-37th Streets Between Madison and Park Avenues

Starting with the southernmost of these three Midtown blocks, bound by 34th & 35th Streets and Madison & Park Avenues, you’ll see noted the “Cameron Bldg.” and the “Church of the Messiah.” To the east is a strip of Park … Continue reading

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