December 2017

It’s a Date

by Don Friedman on December 31, 2017


The current 726 Broadway was built in 1917. The Colonnade either moved or disappeared some time earlier, as in 1910 the site was a vacant lot surrounded by a fence covered with ads:


Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

December 31, 2017

I like the flyer, but I have no idea what it means.

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A Side Benefit

December 30, 2017

It’s been cold lately. Not insanely cold, but below average and well-below freezing cold. The colder air is, the less water vapor it can hold. So we get deep blue skies and very pretty sunsets…as long as we’re willing to walk out and take a look. For what it’s worth, the picture above has not […]

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Useful Tools

December 29, 2017

The New York City Department of City Planning has updated the ZoLa map making it easier to get zoning, service, and neighborhood information about any lot. Here’s our office: The Landmarks Preservation Commission has a new online map that shows information from the designation reports about all of the city’s landmarks. Our office isn’t a […]

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A Precursor Design

December 28, 2017

That’s a view of the interior of the American Institute Hall, formerly the Empire City Skating Rink. The building filled most of the block between Second and Third Avenues, and 63rd and 64th Streets. Honestly, I’d never heard of it until a recent article on ice-skating mentioned it. It didn’t last long as a skating […]

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Spite Never Goes Out Of Fashion

December 27, 2017

Once again, the Atlas Obscura serves up an architectural treat. This time, it’s a spite apartment house in Beirut known as The Grudge. The story is simple: if you have a narrow sliver of land, you can’t build much of a building but you definitely block your neighbor’s view. That house looks awfully familiar. (Click […]

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Seeing New Technology

December 26, 2017

That’s a picture from the new west concourse at Penn Station, phase 0.01 of the plan to convert the Farley Post Office into a new headhouse for the station. I had a picture up a while back showing a newly-exposed column at an office building on Rector Street; the exposed columns above, which support the […]

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Winter in Madison Square

December 25, 2017

Circa 1900.

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A Winter Scene

December 24, 2017

1857. I believe that’s the original Tombs (city court and prison) in the background.

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Christmas at the Windsor Hotel

December 23, 2017

It’s too bad that the hotel burned down in such a spectacular manner.

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