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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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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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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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St. John’s Graveyard: Little Leaguers Now Play Ball Above 10,000 Corpses

Yellow Fever struck New York with a vengeance in the 1790s. The city’s tightly-packed neighborhoods and close proximity to the water on all sides made it an ideal breeding ground for the mosquito-spread death sentence. Those with the means to … Continue reading

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