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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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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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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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