Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • FINNAN HADDIE

    October 31, 2011
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    Even though the South Street Seaport area ceased to be home to NYC’s foremost fish wholesaler when the Fish Market moved to Hunt’s Point, Bronx, in 2005, there are still ghost signs around to remind you that the overnights were once bustling with seafood dealers and sellers, like this sign on Beekman Street near South. [...]

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  • FISHBEIN’S

    October 31, 2011

    Only remaining remnant of Fishbein’s, which was either a convenience or hardware store at Astoria Boulevard and 21st Street in Queens.

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  • MURALS of ASTORIA VILLAGE

    October 31, 2011

    Astoria Village is a small area tucked into Queens’ northwest edge, south of Astoria Park and Hell Gate, east of Roosevelt Island. The area was first settled in the 1600s by Brit William Hallett (an East River inlet was named Hallett’s Cove) and still boasts a quirky, interlocking street layout. It was named (as was [...]

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  • MARBLE HILL

    October 29, 2011

    Lawns in Manhattan? Homes with porches? That only happens, as a rule, in Marble Hill, the only section of Manhattan located on mainland USA — because of a massive engineering project that was finished nearly a century ago. Even though Marble Hill is politically affiliated with Manhattan, geographically and “spiritually” it’s Bronx all the way, [...]

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  • CASTRO BUILDING

    October 27, 2011

    43 West 23rd Street was built as a warehouse in 1897 (Henry Hardenbergh) and in that Beaux Arts era, even warehouses had panache. There’s something to arrest the eye on each floor, from the big cat friezes on the ground floor to the pilasters (half columns) on the second, to the arch windows on the [...]

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  • SEE YOU IN THE SPRING

    October 27, 2011

    It had been assumed that Paul’s Daughter (formerly Gregory and Paul’s) the non-chain dispenser of seaside goodies on the Coney Island boardwalk, would be closing to make way for a Starbucks, a Bank of America, or some large non-boardwalk appropriate chain, but Zamperla Amusements, which holds the leases of both Daughter and nearby Ruby’s, had [...]

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  • UNDER THE BRIDGE

    October 27, 2011

    At 31st Street south of Ditmars Boulevard, the Astoria Line el passes beneath the concrete arch Hells Gate Bridge viaduct bringing freight and passenger trains over the East River. On this artwork on the south side of the viaduct, only one of these performers was from Astoria. Which one?

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  • HUDSON STREET: best building street sign

    October 27, 2011

    Beach Street ranks among the Forgotten men among its neighbors in Tribeca. Two blocks between West and Greenwich were hacked off in favor of the Independence Plaza apartment house development in the early 1970s (depriving present-day New Yorkers, perhaps, of a monument commemorating the landing of the very first steam locomotive in America, the Stourbridge Lion, [...]

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  • PAUL ROBESON THEATRE

    October 26, 2011

    The Paul Robeson Theatre, formerly St. Casimir’s Roman Catholic Church,  at 40 Greene Avenue near Carlton in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, has been newly given Landmarks status. It’s a small, compact midblock building converted to a theatre by Robeson Theatre head Dr. Josephine English in 1980. The theatre houses local community productions and events — [...]

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  • October 25, 2011

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Forgotten New York Walks, a new FNY category and the first since FNY Slices was instituted in July 2007. Walks will feature what the title indicates, a walk from one neighborhood to the other — especially when the two neighborhoods are completely disparate. In 2007 I [...]

  • NOLAN’S LANE, Canarsie

    October 25, 2011

    While careening through Canarsie this past week, searching for lost alleys, I checked Nolan’s Lane, which I hadn’t visited since 1999. For most, unless you live there, there’s no reason to visit. As you will see, though, this is one of my favorite obscure Canarsie lanes. There was a kid at grade school with me [...]

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  • SMITHS LANE, Canarsie

    October 24, 2011

    According to maps through most of the 20th Century, Smiths Lane is a narrow alley running from Rockaway Parkway southwest to East 92nd Street just south of Farragut Road in Canarsie. By 2011, though, the alley has been pretty much reduced to one block and a tiny cul de sac. This Google satellite view shows [...]

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  • BOROUGH PARK

    October 23, 2011

    I lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn until age 35 and took a lot of bus rides to surrounding neighborhoods, with parents and then, after turning 17, without. (Just kidding. I was biking around the borough as early as age 10). One of the favored routes was the B16, which went from Shore Road to Prospect [...]

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  • WHERE AM I

    October 20, 2011

    We are somewhere in the five boroughs. Obviously on old fashioned metal street sign has been retained. Without perusing a map, or without using the map index at least, Where are we?    

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  • FORGOTTENTOUR 49: GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY

    October 19, 2011

    Green-Wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace and Kensington, has proven to be a Forgotten favorite — this was the 3rd such Green-Wood tour in the series which here attains its 49th entry. The cemetery, instituted in 1838, is so vast that it’s impossible to do the same [...]

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  • HUNTERS POINT STATION

    October 19, 2011

    My interest in subway mosaics has been re-fired again, as it is every few years. I have a new admiration for the intricate mosaics that were assembled on station walls and signage in the subways between about 1914 and 1928 (after the initial Beaux Arts terra cotta and mosaics done in original IRT stations from [...]

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  • BORDEN AVENUE BRIDGE

    October 18, 2011

    On Sunday, October 16, 2011 I agreed to meet up with a Open House New York-sponsored Newtown Creek walk led by the Newtown Pentacle‘s Mitch Waxman. Bloggers like Mitch fill in the cracks left over from more mundane and humdrum NYC chroniclers, who steer crowds toward the King of All Buildings and Lady Liberty, which [...]

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  • YEAR 2011 LAMPPOSTS

    October 17, 2011

    It looks like the first lamppost produced by industrial design firm Thomas Phifer and Partners, the winner of the City Lights contest administered by the Museum of the City of New York to replace the familiar octagonal pole with cobra head or straight mast lamppost has been installed on Church Street near Warren, south of [...]

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  • BLUE SKY: NON-BUSINESS AS USUAL

    October 17, 2011

    The former Blue Sky Diner, 49th Avenue and 21st Street, Hunters Point, has been mostly empty beginning in the 1990s, but in 2010-2011 it took a star turn as the upscale M(agasin). Wells Restaurant, featuring haute cuisine and snobby service. In the summer of 2011, M. Wells’ owners announced they were moving out (seeking another space [...]

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  • PORT RICHMOND TO WEST BRIGHTON

    October 16, 2011

    The north shore of Staten Island is a fairly Godforsaken place. There, I have said it. It does have its moments, and we saw most of them on a ForgottenTour in May 2011 in which we hit the admittedly gorgeous Hamilton Park and Liedy’s Inn, the oldest bar in Staten Island, or so the management [...]

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  • COLLECT POND

    October 14, 2011

    BY SERGEY KADINSKY and KEVIN WALSH Collect Pond Park, a public space between Lafayette and Centre Streets and north of Leonard, has been called one of the worst public spaces in downtown New York, with a smattering of benches and trees surrounding broken concrete. It lies atop one of New York’s foremost sources of fresh [...]

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  • JERSEY CITY STREET SIGNS

    October 13, 2011

    Though I haven’t been there in a couple of years, I enjoy hiking around Jersey City, especially to observe street fixtures like lampposts and signs. There’s still a mishmosh of streets signs from several decades in different styles. Some of the oldest are these hand painted signs — and when the sun starts bleaching them, [...]

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  • FAT BLACK PUSSYCAT THEATER

    October 13, 2011

    Minetta Street is a tiny Greenwich Village lane laid out atop Minetta Brook, which formerly flowed on the surface but was subsumed into a sewer generations ago. Along with its partner, Minetta Lane, it formed one of New York City’s original black neighborhoods, called Little Africa, in the 1820s and 1830s. The nation’s first black [...]

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  • DUMBO’s LOST RAILROAD

    October 11, 2011

    Many visitors to the DUMBO, Brooklyn area mistake the numerous tracks found in the Belgian-blocked streets for old trolley tracks. However, since until a few years ago DUMBO was almost entirely given over to warehousing and manufacturing (except for the small Vinegar Hill neighborhood on the eastern end) trolley lines never troubled it north of [...]

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  • DUMBO SIGN

    October 11, 2011

    While shuffling past a grand old brick factory building on Bridge and Front Streets in DUMBO, Brooklyn, I noticed scaffolding protecting the sidewalk, a sure sign of renovation. I noted with dismay that the pair of hand-lettered signs on the corner saying STAR FASTENER DELIVERY etc. that had been there for decades had been blasted [...]

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  • ASSER LEVY BATH HOUSE

    October 10, 2011

    Asser Levy Place runs for just the length of 2 blocks, from East 24th to 25th Streets west of the FDR Dive. For a short street, it is unusually wide. It was originally laid out as part of Avenue A; parts of the avenue run intermittently from the East Village north to Harlem and are [...]

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  • COLUMBUS DAY

    October 10, 2011

    I haven’t spent much time in Norwood, Bronx over the years — it’s an interesting area that can now justifiably claim to be the new Little Italy, since the old Little Italy in SoHo has pretty much been absorbed by Chinatown. Christopher Columbus, an Italian sailing under the Spanish flag in 1492, was looking for [...]

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  • GRAND CONCOURSE PART 2

    October 9, 2011

    Continuing my halting, wavering, and occasionally incoherent way up the Grand Boulevard and Concourse, the spine of the western Bronx broached in Grand Concourse Part 1, my first stop was the grand pasha of Bronx entertainment meccas, Loew’s Paradise and East 188th, just south of Fordham Road. Of the dozens of movie theatres in 20th [...]

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  • OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE

    October 8, 2011

    OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE at the Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11106 718-278-0700 info@astorialic.org   $500 / 200 square feet – EXCEPTIONAL OFFICE SPACE (37th Street – Broadway)  NOTE: ALSO HAVE 250 square feet for $550 –Best address in western Queens – 15 minutes from Manhattan or Brooklyn. –Commercial Space (Non-Profit Preferred) – [...]

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  • NYC SALVAGE WAREHOUSE

    October 7, 2011

    The NYC Salvage Warehouse on Berry Street north of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn auctioned off its treasure trove of New York City artifacts to a single bidder in July, and will be torn down to make way for condos. The place is something of an artifact itself, as the outside sports a sign going [...]

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  • A LOT OF BULL

    October 6, 2011

    Wall Street has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late. Of course, one of its iconic images is Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull bronze sculpture at Bowling Green, a draw for tourists from all over the globe. However, there is an even bigger bull in Smithtown, New York, a few miles [...]

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  • CHEROKEE APARTMENTS

    October 6, 2011

    I had always been under the impression that Cherokee Place, between East 77th and 78th Streets near the FDR Drive, was cut through when the Drive was constructed here in the early 1940s, but the short alley has actually been here since 1912. It was named for the Cherokee Club, an East 79th Street headquarters [...]

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  • SIDEWALK PLATES

    October 5, 2011

    While scuttling furtively through the streets of New York, looking down while trying to avoid meeting the gaze of my betters, I sometimes catch sight of elements that the more industrious, competent and confident New Yorkers fail to see. One of these is the sidewalk plates that were installed by long-ago concrete pourers and sidewalk [...]

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  • HINSCH’S PINCHED: Brooklyn candy store closes after 6 decades

    October 4, 2011

    1/9/13: ***HINSCH’s DOOMED AGAIN, as its new owners couldn’t make a profit.*** 10/17/11: ***HINSCH’S  SAVED, as the owners of Skinflint’s on 5th will operate it.**** I’ll admit it, I had been in Hinsch’s (pronounced HINSH’S, as if the C wasn’t there), the long-lived candy store and luncheonette, on 5th Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets [...]

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  • SIDEWALK COMPASS

    October 3, 2011

    There are still some very old metal sidewalk compasses to be found on sidewalks around town. This one is at Hicks between Poplar and Middagh Streets at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights (se Comment below), no doubt installed by a developer or surveyor a century ago. True north is indicated by the up arrow. More [...]

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  • THE BEST SIGNS

    October 3, 2011

    Around 2000, the Department of Transportation installed distinctive black and white signs developed by the Alliance for Downtown Manhattan that featured easy-to-read street names, house numbers found on the block where the sign was installed, and a stylized representation of a local landmark. The signs went from the Battery up to about Fulton Street. After [...]

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  • BACK ON ‘COURSE: Revisiting the Grand Concourse

    October 3, 2011

    The Grand Concourse runs up the western end of the Bronx like a zipper. Unzip it and you will find Bronx past, present and future: the grand visions of a suburban borough for the wealthy, that turned into a gritty, urban superhighway from Yankee Stadium to Van Cortlandt Park. FNY has been covering the Concourse [...]

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