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Entries from March 27th, 2009

Loew’s 7th Avenue Theater/Harlem Casino, Part 2

March 27th, 2009 1 Comment

Picking up where we left off last week, we’re trying to determine whether or not the Greater Refuge Temple at 124th Street and 7th Avenue, formerly the Loew’s Seventh Avenue movie palace (formerly the Harlem Casino) is really the oldest theater left standing in Manhattan (for more about the building, see last week’s post).  My […]

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Loew’s Theater 7th Ave, Part 1

March 20th, 2009 No Comments

One of the pitfalls of writing about history comes when you know something too well.  Dates, events, and figures seep into the memory and, over time, become fixed.  It’s easy to forget to reexamine the original source material, or to take another look at information you’ve long held as factual.  As in life, what you […]

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40th St. & 8th Ave., Pt. 2, and Okeh Recording Studios

March 13th, 2009 No Comments

This week I made a trip to the New York Historical Society Library to research Ford’s Saloon (follow up to my post from last week). The Library is a great resource for historians, and it’s completely free – if you explain to the front desk that you’re there to visit the library, you won’t be […]

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40th St. & 8th Ave.

March 6th, 2009 1 Comment

618 Eighth Avenue, an old building on the southeast corner of 40th Street, isn’t remarkable from an architectural viewpoint, although it offers fine details such as decorative window lintels and the words “40TH ST” carved into a block above the second story. What draws me to the five-story structure is not its age (NYC buildings records indicate that it was erected around 1888) but the contrast it provides within a rapidly changing neighborhood. The massive new headquarters for the New York Times occupy the entire block to the north, dwarfing 618 Eighth Avenue and its immediate neighbors. In this way, old and new Times Square sit juxtaposed in one brief line of cityscape – an example of the incongruity that typifies Manhattan architectural patterns.

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