Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Most Famous Classroom In New York City

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If you believe Hollywood, every single college lecture hall in New York City looks like the one below: Rows of individual wooden desks and tiered seating… …an enormous wood-framed green chalkboard with sliding panels for additional writing space… …a wood-paneled front desk for the lecturer… …and even one of those little doors that swings back and forth! In reality, however, ... Read More »

The Pigeon Master of Delancey Street

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I saw the coolest thing as I was driving over the Williamsburg Bridge the other day… Above this building at the end of Delancey Street… I noticed a huge flock of birds circling overhead…Except, they never left the area. They just kept circling, and it soon became clear they were following something… That’s when I noticed these two guys on ... Read More »

Burger-Klein!

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I love stumbling on New York’s ghost signs – essentially, signs or advertisements for businesses long since deceased. I wrote about the great stationery store sign hanging on Broadway just north of Canal Street a year ago (I promise, that arrow doesn’t lead to greeting cards anymore): Anyway, I was driving by the intersection yesterday, and I could be wrong, ... Read More »

The Animal Building on East 67th Street

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I was walking past this art deco apartment building on East 67th Street yesterday… …when I noticed a series of really neat animal designs surrounding this side entrance. Above the door, a bulldog: Perched in the corners are an unhappy-looking dog and a menacing-looking rabbit: And above the entrance is this fanciful relief: It seemed a bit out of place, ... Read More »

Inside The Fletcher Mansion on Fifth Avenue

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If you’ve ever been annoyed at the fact that most of Fifth Avenue’s mansions probably don’t want you knocking at their front door, do yourself a favor and check out one most don’t realize is open to the public: the Ukrainian Institute at the corner of 79th Street and Fifth Ave, built in 1899 as the private home of banker ... Read More »

The Addams Family House Near Union Square

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I have to admit, when I saw the incredible two-story mansard roof of 881 Broadway (at 19th Street) illuminated from a nearby rooftop recently… …the first thing that came to mind was the Addams Family mansion: 881 Broadway / 115 Fifth Ave has always been one of my favorite buildings in Manhattan for its rooftop design. Riddled with sharp angles ... Read More »

Graffiti From Mom

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Not sure how long this graffiti has been up on White street east of Broadway, but it always makes my day a little better when I happen to walk by it. Happy Mothers Day! -SCOUT Read More »

Inside An Old Airplane Factory

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Some time ago, I had the opportunity to scout the defunct Grumman airplane factory in Bethpage, Long Island. Once the leading manufacturer of everything from F-14′s to the Apollo Lunar Module, Grumman was bought by a larger company in the 1990′s and moved out of Bethpage. The enormous complex is now being converted into residential and commercial space, with many ... Read More »

A Mad Look At 225 Lafayette Street

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You’ve probably passed 225 Lafayette Street at the corner of Spring Street in Soho a zillion times in your travels and not thought much of it. Built in 1909, it was converted to condos in 1988; a typical unit now goes for over $1.5 million. The ground floor space, formerly the East River Savings Bank, has housed a number of ... Read More »