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The 1893 Chinese Theater, 5-7 Doyers Street

June 21st, 2013 6 Comments

Tiny Doyers Street, tucked between Chatham Square and equally minute Pell, is so narrow and twisted that it resembles a medieval lane in a European town. During the early years of the 20th century, when violence and mayhem were commonplace on Doyers, police dubbed the street’s dramatic turn “the Bloody Angle,” in tribute to the […]

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1st Horn & Hardart’s Automat in NYC, 1557 Broadway

May 19th, 2013 10 Comments

Grand Slam, a tourist emporium on the west side of Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets, was once the first Horn & Hardart’s NYC Automat.  Every day, from its opening in 1912 to the mid-1970s, hundreds of patrons would come here to gaze at food displayed in glass compartments like museum jewels.  When they had surveyed the […]

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Farewell to Steve Paul’s The Scene

April 22nd, 2013 2 Comments

The wreckers are set to fall on another piece of Times Square history. 301 West 46th Street is a decayed 19th-century tenement on the northwest corner of Eighth Avenue.  It has been vacant for years, awaiting development that only now, with the presence of scaffolding, looms as imminent.  In the 1920s the building housed a speakeasy […]

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An Italian Villa in Upper Manhattan Comes Back to Life

February 3rd, 2012 1 Comment

A shared post with Untapped New York. The recently designated Audubon Park Historic District, an irregularly shaped area bounded by Riverside Drive and Broadway between West 155th and West 158th Streets, offers a rare glimpse of an earlier, bucolic Manhattan.  Although the remnants of the house of the famous 19th-century naturalist whose name graces the neighborhood […]

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What’s Left of the Sans Souci/Blank’s Winter Garden

April 17th, 2011 5 Comments

At 100 Third Avenue, buried within a row of low-level 19th century houses and tenements just southeast of Union Square (between 12th and 13th Streets), sits one of Manhattan’s oldest entertainment relics, the former Sans Souci. As a site devoted to various forms of popular entertainment, 100 Third Avenue lasted for more than 120 years.  […]

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A Tour of Brownsville, Brooklyn’s Jewish Past

September 26th, 2010 749 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, a hot one here in the city, I was inspired to take a trip out to Brownsville, Brooklyn, once a hub of Jewish cultural life and now considered one of the most dangerous sections of New York. I was thinking of my late friend, George Sandler (father of my friend Rita), who was […]

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Gallagher’s and Evelyn Nesbit

September 4th, 2010 9 Comments

There aren’t a lot of old buildings left in Times Square, but the few remnants of 19th century architecture that have managed to survive conceal a wealth of entertainment history (see my last post about Helen Morgan’s club on 54th Street).  Walking along Broadway the other day, I passed Gallagher’s Steakhouse at 228 West 52nd […]

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The Heights Theater

March 20th, 2010 15 Comments

It’s been a while since my last post, mostly because I’ve been occupied with a move to a new apartment and neighborhood.  The neighborhood is one I expect to be writing about on Gotham Lost & Found in the months to come.  It’s a sliver of upper Manhattan perched above the banks of the Hudson […]

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East Harlem Theaters, Part 2: The Cosmo

November 27th, 2009 15 Comments

East 116th Street in “El Barrio,” East Harlem, is one of my favorite Manhattan thoroughfares because of the life that seems to pulse from every storefront and window.  A sign jutting from a row of stately 19th century townhouses advertises “Lupe, Spritualist Reader & Advisor,” who is also described as a “profesora en espiritismo.”  Dental […]

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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 […]