I’d like to start this article with a little piece of historical curio. In 1922, the Iceland ice-skating company built an 80-by-200-foot ice rink at 239 West 52nd Street in Manhattan for $800,000. Ten years later, the company went out of business but the ice rink lived on. In the 1950s, new owner Louis Brecker […]

100 Barclay Street

When it comes to the great architects of the 20th century, most people will recognize the name Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright himself would probably agree with that assessment but he was also quoted as saying that Ralph Thomas Walker was “the only other honest architect in America.” Walker was born in Connecticut in 1889 and […]

30 East 31st Street

This “ugly duckling” of a construction site is about to turn into one of the prettiest buildings in Manhattan! Continue reading

45 Park Place

It’s been a long, strange trip for 45 Park Place to arrive in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Continue reading

111 Murray Street

In 2013, St. John’s University sold the building at 101 Murray Street in Tribeca to a trio of developers: Steven Witkoff, Howard Lorber, and Fisher Brothers. With a price of $223 million, plans to recreate the block as a luxury residential tower put it among the highest amount developers had ever paid for buildable land in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading

56 Leonard Street Facade

In 2007, New York-based luxury condominium and hotel developer the Alexico Group purchased the land at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca from the New York Law School for $150 million. Continue reading

685 First Ave Interior

The buildings of Manhattan tends to invoke a particular feeling. Classic beauty and form. Iconic structure. Urban elegance. Every so often, however, a new building rises in the skyline that gives Manhattan a new dimension. Continue reading

Woolworth Building

I’m a great movie buff, and a great lover of Manhattan architecture.

In the Hollywood classic Winner Take All, James Cagney’s character sends his beloved a postcard from New York featuring The Woolworth Building. Continue reading

53 West 53 Jean Nouvel

Walking by a construction site in Midtown Manhattan the other day, I took a few snapshots: Continue reading

Brownstone NYC

How many total buildings are in Manhattan? The short (but correct) answer is – nobody knows.

What? Continue reading