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Before the Majestic went up on Central Park West

Central Park West is lined with incredible apartment buildings with Art Deco touches. One of the loveliest and most renowned is the Majestic, the 29-story, circa-1931 residence at 72nd Street. 114 more words

Poets And Writers

Faded ads towering over West 75th Street

An Ephemeral reader sent in this photo of side-by-side faded ads between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

They’re tricky to make out, but it looks like “Sherman Square Motors Corp” on the right. 29 more words

Random Signage

A museum goes up on the Upper West Side

When the American Museum of Natural History was created in 1869, its home was the Central Park Arsenal.

By 1862, it had outgrown that space. So museum bigwigs obtained land called Manhattan Square across Central Park West from 77th to 81st Streets. 69 more words

Music, Art, Theater

Where was Manhattan's lost town of Carmanville?

Carmanville was just another little hamlet, like Harsenville and the Piggery District, thriving on Manhattan’s West Side in the 19th century.

Named after its founder, a wealthy contractor named Richard Carman, Carmanville’s exact boundaries are a little unclear. 103 more words

Upper Manhattan

New York City's tobacco-producing past

Tobacco has a rep as a crop grown only in the South. But tobacco farming was big business in the 17th and 18th centuries in a nascent New York City. 75 more words

West Village

West 72nd Street before the Dakota

It was one of the first apartment houses in the city, a Gothic, Victorian, French Renaissance–inspired mix of lovely gables, dormers, railings, and moldings.

And if you were lucky enough to be able to afford a flat in the… 93 more words

Cool Building Names

New York City's first-ever taxi crash victim

Poor Henry Bliss. The Upper West Side real estate man and a ladyfriend were getting off a trolley at West 74th Street and Central Park West on September 13, 1899. 121 more words