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Building History

How the NYC Carnegie Mansion Came To Be

In 1898 Andrew Carnegie and his wife, Louise Whitfield Carnegie, bought a large green lot in northern Manhattan with the mission to build “the...

World’s Only Art Deco Women’s Prison is Lost Architectural Relic of...

During construction, the building was so beautiful people would ask the security guards how to get an apartment there. The guards would respond jokingly,...

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Charles B.J. Snyder: The Man Who Built New York City’s Schools

Charles B.J. Snyder was an architect, architectural engineer, and mechanical engineer widely recognized for revolutionizing and innovating the design of New York City public...

How the NYC Carnegie Mansion Came To Be

In 1898 Andrew Carnegie and his wife, Louise Whitfield Carnegie, bought a large green lot in northern Manhattan with the mission to build “the...

Federal Style Architecture in NYC

Along with the formation of the United States arose a unique architecture style that came to be known as the federal era architecture. What Is...

History of Gothic Revival Architecture in NYC 

What do steeply pitched roofs, stained glass, pointed arches, and gargoyles have in common? Here’s a hint: they are all remnants of a bygone...

The Complete History of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Mergers, Feuds, Rumors...

The Waldorf-Astoria is one of New York’s most iconic buildings, but the history behind it is equally captivating. From the frequent star-studded visitors to...

The Sugar Loaf Building: 155 Franklin Street

If you are in the market for a historical residence with plenty of flair, 155 Franklin Street is the place to be. Dating back...

The Windowless Building in NYC: 33 Thomas Street, AT&T Building, and...

Residents of the Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan have long wondered at the building standing at 33 Thomas. With no windows, few doors, and a...

The History of the Ansonia 

New York City, 1904. It was the year the first underground line in the subway system opened for business, Times Square got its official...

The History of the Iconic NYC Fire Escape 

If you look up at any given moment walking down a New York City street, you’re likely to be greeted with a familiar site:...

Spooky Stories

The Backstory of New York Public Library’s Haunted Reputation

The New York Public Library isn’t just home to an impressive collection of paranormal books – rumor has it: the original location and other...