Monthly Archives: April 2013

How To Turn Your House Into A Castle

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Last week, I was scouting around the Bronx’s Country Club neighborhood, when I happened to turn down Clarence Ave, a nice residential street… …and a little house caught my eye off to the side: From a distance, it seemed like an ordinary enough house… But wait…were those miniature medieval turrets on each corner?? Read More »

Ghost Train Station Then and Now…

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the now defunct Putnam train line, reader Wiscogirl emailed to say that a rare picture of the Van Cortlandt train stop in its heyday is currently up for sale on Ebay. Here’s the station today… …and in 1963, a few years after passenger service ended: I have to say that the above picture ... Read More »

A Ghost Railway Line In The Bronx

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Last week, I was scouting for woodland trails, which brought me up to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. I’d never been before, and I randomly picked a trail and just started walking. A little ways in, I noticed something unusual off to the side of the trail… …A row of what almost looked like oversized gravestones: Read More »

The Creepy Book-Reading Gargoyle at West 181st Street

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I was waiting at a light yesterday at the corner of 181st and Fort Washington Ave, when I happened to look up at the building on the corner… …and noticed a line of human gargoyles perched near the top. But one in particular quickly caught my eye… A very creepy book-reading gargoyle. Read More »

Gone Forever: The Ghost House In Queens

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In June ’11, I wrote about one of my favorite “haunted house”-like properties in New York City, a dilapidated yet once beautiful Victorian located at 3103 37th Avenue in Queens: Gone forever: Several readers sent me this article in the Queens Gazette about its recent demise. Can’t wait to see what goes up in its place. You can read my ... Read More »

The Little Townhouse In The Shadow Of 30 Rock

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Last week, I was scouting office space in midtown, and I stopped by one of my favorite buildings on Sixth Avenue. At 850 feet tall, 30 Rockefeller Plaza is the 10th tallest building in New York… …which is why I love the little townhouse standing next to it so much. On an avenue lined by some of Manhattan’s most iconic ... Read More »

Newsroom Scandal!! Did NY1 Rip Off Super Mario Bros. 3?

OK, this has been driving me nuts for years. Every time the NY1 weather report comes on, there’s a jingle in the background. And I SWEAR I know it from somewhere: Then I was playing Super Mario Bros. 3 the other day – and I realized why I was having such severe deja vu: I think we can all agree ... Read More »

A Haunted Mansion In The Bronx

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This is why I love scouting the Bronx. Because you’ll be driving down a street lined with typical Bronx apartment buildings, the last place you’d expect to stumble on anything outside the norm… …when all of a sudden, you’ll notice something minor – maybe a break in the trees up ahead… And I swear, in the Bronx, these little snippets ... Read More »