HUNTER BALTIMORE RYE, 2000, Lincoln Center

by Kevin Walsh

Probably the biggest “painted ad” uncovered since I began FNY was at Broadway and West 64th Street, revealed during the demolition of the Liberty Warehouse in 2000. It’s an ad for Hunter Batlimore Rye, a brand founded by William Lanahan in Maryland. The brand continued to be produced into the 1940s.

The Hunter Baltimore Rye story

The Liberty Warehouse wasn’t semifamous for this ad, though. Throughout its existence, it had a 37-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty on the roof.



Neil J Murphy November 7, 2013 - 8:47 am

Isn’t the Liberty Warehouse building (the one that had the statue, that is) still standing? I thought it was converted to condos.

vintagejames November 8, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Click on the hotlink at the end of the article and you can read what happened to the building, and to Little Liberty.

Danny S. November 8, 2013 - 9:54 pm

I clicked on the link for “The Hunter Baltimore Rye story” and was very surprised to see that the product in question was liquor. I was expecting a brand of rye bread. I guess New York rye is something to eat, but Baltimore rye is something to drink.

dave c. November 11, 2013 - 6:15 pm

I assumed the same thing until I came back later and read your comment!

Love me some rye whiskey, would have love to have tried the Hunter!


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