Ephemeral New York

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Description: Chronicling an ever-changing city through faded and forgotten artifacts.

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March 25th
Social realist painter George Bellows completed “Bridge, Blackwell’s Island,” in 1909, which is also the year of the opening of the Queensboro Bridge, as this span over the East River was called at the time. Like the East River waterfron… Continue Reading
March 25th
University Place is only seven blocks long—but this Greenwich Village street has its share of historic plaques. One marks the Hotel Albert, the spectacular Victorian Gothic “French Flats” opened in 1887 between Tenth and Eleventh Streets… Continue Reading
March 25th
Ask old-school New Yorkers where B. Altman & Company used to be, and they’ll sigh before telling you it was on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. That palazzo-inspired building, home to the luxury department store from 1906 until its bankruptcy in 19… Continue Reading
March 18th
I’m not sure when the low-rise buildings at the southwest corner of Mulberry and Grand Streets were torn down. But if there’s any upside to the bulldozing of another old New York corner, it’s that we now have an amazing side view of the … Continue Reading
March 18th
Living in a New York penthouse is synonymous with wealth and luxury. But it wasn’t always that way. In the early 20th century, well-heeled New Yorkers began giving up their single-family mansions in favor of apartment living. But no one wanted to re… Continue Reading