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A Pawn Shop and a Fat Men’s Store in 1937

This photo was taken on February 4, 1937 by widely-admired photographer Berenice Abbott. She spent much of the 1930s documenting the rapidly-changing face of New York City. Ordinarily a photo of a seemingly generic storefront wouldn’t have caught my eye. … Continue reading

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Then & Now: De Robertis Pasticceria & Caffe

In my down time, I browse the New York Public Library’s online digital photo archives, looking at old pictures of the city. When possible, I prowl around Google Maps, trying to find the locations of the photos as they appear … Continue reading

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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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Webster Hall: 4 Fires, 126 Years, and Countless Concerts at New York’s Greatest Stage

  Beginning in 1870, the north side of East 11th Street in the East Village was dominated by the parochial school of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church. But in 1886, the congregation’s feathers were ruffled when a new building began … Continue reading

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The General Slocum Disaster: Single-Handedly Destroyed New York’s Little Germany

Prior to 1871, Germany was not a unified nation, but instead a collection of more than three dozen kingdoms and principalities loosely associated through the 1815 Treaty of Vienna, which attempted to coordinate the economies of Europe’s German-speaking peoples. In … Continue reading

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