Category Archives: Places

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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The Great Theatre Massacre of 1982: Five Broadway Stages Faced the Wrecking Ball for a Marriott

Believe it or not, there was a time when Broadway was merely the name of a street in New York City. The “Great White Way” as it is universally known today was little more than a meandering former Native American … Continue reading

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Audubon Terrace: Once Among Manhattan’s Premiere Cultural Centers, Now Largely Abandoned in Washington Heights

After a long and tumultuous career, naturalist John James Audubon sought a placid retreat in which to live out his final days. So it was that, in 1840, he purchased a large and heavily-wooded tract of land along the Hudson … Continue reading

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The Collect Pond: New York’s First Source of Water was Filled in to Become “Five Points,” the Worst Slum in American History

18th-century Manhattan was a decidedly beautiful and peaceful place. Home to roughly 30,000 people in the years just after the Revolutionary War, New York was a far cry from the glass-and-cement jungle of 8 million it has become today. It … Continue reading

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“Cleopatra’s Needle”: The Forgotten 3,000-Year-Old Monument in Central Park

New York was early beset with a complex of inferiority to the older and grander cities of the world. No matter how large it grew or how tall it built, New York would always be the younger, more rough-and-tumble brother … Continue reading

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