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How the NYC Carnegie Mansion Came To Be

In 1898 Andrew Carnegie and his wife, Louise Whitfield Carnegie, bought a large green lot...

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

During construction, the building was so beautiful people would ask the security guards how to...

The 6 Most Iconic Hotels To Visit in NYC

Charismatic concierges, poolside relaxation, continental breakfasts and of course, room service; there are many reasons...

The Sugar Loaf Building: 155 Franklin Street

If you are in the market for a historical residence with plenty of flair, 155...

The Windowless Building in NYC: 33 Thomas Street, AT&T Building, and NSA Spy Hub?

Residents of the Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan have long wondered at the building standing at...

The History of the Ansonia 

New York City, 1904. It was the year the first underground line in the subway...

Gilded Age Mansions in NYC 

One evening in the mid-1880s, New York City’s most esteemed members of society arrived at...

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...

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5 ‘Brutal’ Buildings: This Architecture Style Once Fizzled But Now Sizzles

They say “what goes around, comes around” and that trends never die. They just cycle in endless loops. This is true for most things...

6 Iconic School Buildings in NYC

The New York City public school system一the nation’s largest一serves over 1.1 million students in 1,800 separate schools. From Erasmus Hall Academy in Flatbush, Brooklyn,...

The Case for Warehousing in New York City

Individuals involved in the warehousing industry tend to always be looking for opportunities to cut costs. These cost-cutting management strategies tend to discourage investment...

The Weeping Woman of the SoHo Well

Beneath the cast iron facades and pop-up shops of SoHo, there lies an old well with a dark past. Built in the 1700’s and...

Remembrance and Reconstruction: The Financial District After 9/11 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and New York will once again mourn the losses we’ve suffered while celebrating the hope and...
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2 World Trade Center: Last Piece to Get Underway on the...

Twenty years after the visceral devastation and human anguish of September 11, 2001, the final step of rebuilding is finally coming to the now...

The Madame of the Morris-Jumel Mansion

When Lin Manuel Miranda wrote that “the streets were filled with music” in Washington Heights, he wasn’t exaggerating. The neighborhood has a vibrant, friendly atmosphere...

A History of DUMBO and Its First Commercial Development In a...

Picture an old, run-down warehouse district with an eclectic population of artists and creative, intellectual types. Crane Davis, retired Time Magazine writer who now...

13th Avenue: NYC’s Shortest Avenue

Maybe 13 is actually an unlucky number.  It’s certainly one possible explanation why 13th avenue in Manhattan no longer exists.  Jokes aside, anyone who has visited...

Connecting the City: The Bridges of NYC

The island of Manhattan seems so connected to its outside world. It's even often said that NYC is the center of the universe. But...