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Entries from October 31st, 2009

A Halloween Special

October 31st, 2009 1 Comment

Dear Gotham Lost and Found readers, This week I’m linking to a post I’ve written for my publisher NYU Press’ blog, From the Square, regarding some rather mischievous ghosts from 19th-century Gotham. You can read the ghost story here. Have a safe and happy Halloween! David


West 29th Street Underground Railroad Stop Wins Landmark Designation

October 13th, 2009 3 Comments

Here’s a really inspiring story: Late this afternoon, the Landmarks Commission approved the designation of the Lamartine Place Historic District, a short row of West 29th Street houses, one of which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad (I found the photo below at the Bay Ridge Journal blog). This is a designation that […]


The Mount Morris Theatre, aka El Teatro Campoamor

October 12th, 2009 8 Comments

Walking through Central and East Harlem this morning I was reminded of this real beauty of a theater at 116th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Today it is used as the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith; and, if its exterior is any indication, it is in excellent shape. Although I had […]


What’s Happening with the Windermere?

October 4th, 2009 1 Comment

“They’re doing interior demolition on the building at 57th Street and 9th Avenue,” my friend Amber told me last week, “and it smells like death.” Indeed it does.  Or perhaps it’s my febrile imagination that makes me think I can smell decay as far as a block from the rotted beauty known as the Windermere, […]

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