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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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William Augustus Muhlenberg: Founder of St. Luke’s Hospital and Rector of the Church which became a Nightclub which became a Mall

In 1826, a young and charismatic Pennsylvanian preacher by the name of William Augustus Muhlenberg was named rector of St. George’s Church in the town of Flushing on Long Island. ¬†Flushing, now a neighborhood in the New York City borough … Continue reading

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The High Line: From Death Trap to Tourist Trap

Starting in the second half of the 19th century, and spilling well into the beginning of the 20th, Manhattan was criss-crossed by an extensive network of elevated commuter trains, not unlike the system on which Chicago operates so famously today. … Continue reading

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