A few days ago, I was in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building waiting to speak with the doorman when I happened to notice an old elevator in the corner. I stuck my head in to take a look…
This is hands-down the most beautiful elevator I’ve ever come across in NYC.
From the ornamentation to the green leather seat – and it’s still manually operated:
According to the manufacturer’s plaque, this was built by the A. B. See Elevator Company, and I’m assuming dates to the early 1900s.
I’ve seen a lot of New York’s elevators in my scouting travels, and while I’ve come across some pretty impressive examples, this has them all beat. If you know of another you’d consider to be even better, please tell me, because I’d love to see it.
Somewhat related: this is easily the weirdest elevator in New York.
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