View Full Version : What's the name of that building?

September 17th, 2006, 10:28 PM
I'll be visiting NYC for an upcoming film/star convention in nearby Secaucus, and I'm wondering if anyone knows the name of that rectangular building in Union Square. I've found a few pictures of it online, but none of them specify what the building is called.

September 17th, 2006, 10:32 PM
You're going to have to be a little more specific than that. Can you post a link to an image you've found online of the building?

September 17th, 2006, 10:38 PM
Is this it?


September 17th, 2006, 10:40 PM

Third building from the left, with the water tower on top of it.

September 17th, 2006, 11:07 PM
Hmm, not sure about that one. Looks to be on the northern side of the corner of 16th street and Union Square West, but I don't know the address. My best guess right now is what Emporis is calling, the Chase Manhattan Bank Building. It's listed as 16 floors (looks to be that tall), built in 1903. Can't find any pictures that identify it as such, though.

17-19 Union Square West is the first building from the left in your picture. That has 12 floors and was built in 1913.

Hope that helps!

September 18th, 2006, 01:04 AM
That is the former "Bank of the Metropolis" at 21 - 23 East 16th Street aka 31 Union Square West
(home of the Union Square Cafe and the Blue Water Grill).

Union Square and Bank of Metropolis

Artist: Pennell, Joseph (Philadelphia, 1857 - Brooklyn, New York, 1926)
Date: 1904
Medium: Original Etching
Info here: Joseph Pennell (http://www.artoftheprint.com/artistpages/pennell_joseph_unionsquareandbankofmetropolis.htm)

More Info Here: http://www.preserve.org/uscc/landmarked.html (http://www.preserve.org/uscc/landmarked.html)

Landmarked Buildings in the Union Square Area
The former Bank of the Metropolis
31 Union Square West
Architect: Bruce Price (1903)
Designated in 1988

The Bank of the Metropolis (left),
31 Union Square West.

Gary Fonville

And Here: http://www.forgotten-ny.com/SIGNS/banks2/banks.html

Another impressived columnated building, this one Ionic, is just a block away from USSB at East 16th Street and Union Square West. The former Bank of the Metropolis is now an upscale restaurant. ©2005 Midnight Fish

And Here: http://www.preserve2.org/ladiesmile/broadway.htm (http://www.preserve2.org/ladiesmile/broadway.htm)
An early skyscraper which shows the influence of the American Renaissance sensibility celebrated at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 is the Bank of the Metropolis, by Bruce Price. Price's designs for houses in Tuxedo Park were an influence on Frank Lloyd Wright, and his Knickerbocker Hotel (on Broadway at 42nd Street) and American Surety Building (now the Bank of Tokyo) still stand. The board of directors of the Bank of the Metropolis included Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany's, Steinway the piano maker, Sloane of Sloane's, and Arnold of Arnold Constable, all local businessmen.More Here: http://www.newschool.edu/StudentAffairs/housing/st_union.html (http://www.newschool.edu/StudentAffairs/housing/st_union.html)

Union Square Residence Hall
31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003

The Union Square Residence is on the list of historic landmarks and is a fine example of early twentieth century architectural design. The New School occupies four floors in a sixteen-story building which also houses local residents. Union Square residents are at the center of the hippest New York City neighborhood. The Union Square Park area also boasts some of most stimulating outdoor concerts, world-renowned farmers markets, cultural events and festivals, and premier restaurants in the City.
Dave Guy's photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hairlessmunkee/) @ Flickr:


September 18th, 2006, 07:27 AM square miniature skyscraper.jpg

A slab in some views, a sliver in others (far left).

September 18th, 2006, 08:02 AM
Thanx a bunch! :)

September 18th, 2006, 11:46 AM
While we're at it, is there a large area nearby with a sign advertising Empire coats?

September 18th, 2006, 01:27 PM
I leave that up to you to discover: GOOGLE "Empire coats" images, etc.

Please post what you find ...

September 18th, 2006, 07:54 PM
I tried a Google Image search and all I got were a bunch of European political icons and British people in fancy jackets. :p