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A Secret World on the Upper West Side: A Trip Down Pomander Walk

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When you first turn onto West 95th Street from Broadway, it seems like pretty much any Upper West Side block: a few apartment buildings, some fire escapes, a tree or two…Nothing in particular to catch the eye. In fact, I’m not even sure how many trips down the street it took before I finally noticed the gate. At first glance, ... Read More »

The Last Phone Booth In New York City

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There are only four outdoor phone booths left in Manhattan – and they’re all on West End Avenue. That’s it: four. This one is at 101st Street: This is at the corner of 100th Street: This tree-shrouded booth can be found at the corner of 90th Street. Finally, this is at 66th Street. And that’s it. If you happen to ... Read More »

The Hungry Gargoyles of 110th Street

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One of my favorite buildings in Morningside Heights is the Britannia at 527 West 110th Street. The building, built in 1909, is divided into two wings and features two rows of fantastic gargoyles below the second floor balconies: What makes this building particularly great is how low the gargoyles are to the ground. At only ten feet up or so, ... Read More »

The Hidden Owl at Columbia University

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One of the most beautiful and pleasant places in the city is the campus of Columbia University. It is simply incredible that such a place exists in the tightly packed metropolis that is Manhattan, and I never pass up a chance to visit. Located in the center of campus is the statue of Alma Mater (actually the goddess Minerva), by ... Read More »

The Rooftop Ski Chalet on West 78th

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I was walking on West 77th Street when I saw it, poking through the trees…Something that seemed out of place… I climbed up the steps of a brownstone and got the best view I could. Is this another of the mysterious Manhattan rooftop houses? This glass-covered house isn’t on 77th Street…but it isn’t on 78th Street either. It’s located about ... Read More »

The Dragon House on West 76th Street

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I was scouting around the West 70′s over by Riverside Drive when I saw this really, really interesting building ornamented in an incredible dragon motif (map link): It’s literally covered in dragons, starting with these lining the balcony, each with its own shield: These two look like they’re sharing a joke: Then, beautifully nestled in the fauna is this dragon ... Read More »