Manhattan

The Prettiest Building In Times Square Has Been Saved

Last year in September, I wrote an open letter to the new owners of the property at 1552 Broadway in Times Square asking a simple request: that they save a Times Square treasure. Nearly 100 years before it became a decrepit, out-of-business TGIF, 1552 Broadway was the showroom for I. Miller shoes, famous for supplying actors and dancers in New ... Read More »

NYC Holiday Shopping Suggestion: Fantasma Magic

This year’s holiday shopping suggestion is one of my favorite stores in New York, and I highly recommend a visit to everyone, especially if you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift. Located in the shadow of the Empire State Building, Fantasma Magic is tucked away on the third floor of 421 Seventh Avenue, and other than a small awning, you ... Read More »

The Mystery Ballroom on East 125th Street

For the past week, I’ve been going into Manhattan via the Triboro, and each time I drive down 125th Street, I’ve wondered about the sign on the building at 26 E 125th Street for the Trowel & Square Ballroom. It’s such a great period sign, with red lettering that looks as though it dates to the 1960s. And I like ... Read More »

Searching For The Remains of Manhattan’s Bloomingdale Insane Asylum

I was up scouting the Columbia University campus last week… …and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to swing by the building nestled just beside Low Library. If you take a moment to stare at it, you’ll realize this little brick building doesn’t really match the surrounding Beaux Arts architecture. In fact, the longer you look at it, the ... Read More »

Spiders on Sutton Square

I’m always on the lookout for creative Halloween decorations every year, and I thought this was neat… Spiders have taken over the entrance to this building on Sutton Square! Read More »

The Secret Courtyard On Perry Street

I was scouting in the West Village last week… …when I happened to notice a cute stuccoed building on Perry Street, with an unusual second-story apartment entrance just above the arched entrance. As I was checking out the building, I happened to look through the gate… …and noticed something interesting: was that a second building just inside? Read More »

The Mystery of the Broken Players Club Window

For the longest time, I’ve been wondering about a legend I heard involving the Players Club, a New York social club founded by actor Edwin Booth (brother of John Wilkes) in 1888… …the legendary David Carradine, who you know from such movies and TV shows as Kung-Fu and Kill Bill… …and Robert Carradine, David’s paternal half-brother (both were sons of ... Read More »