Tag Archives: Lost History

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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A Policeman Near Herald Square in 1896

Staten Island photographer Alice Austen snapped this casual scene of a policeman standing on a cobblestone-sheathed Broadway near West 36th Street in 1896. Behind him, the architectural details of the New York Herald Building are on splendid display. The building, … Continue reading

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Then & Now: 2110 Amsterdam Avenue, Washington Heights

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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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