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May 17th, 2007, 06:34 PM

May 17th, 2007, 06:36 PM
I can't get the photo to appear - sorry. The link works though.

What I want to know is where in NYC it was taken?
My Dad took it about 15 - 20 yrs ago and has it on display in his home. He would love to know whereabouts it is.

May 17th, 2007, 06:39 PM

Cracked it!

May 17th, 2007, 07:00 PM
Im pretty sure that building is just east along 53rd from citicorp center.

May 17th, 2007, 07:00 PM
It looks like the southeast corner of East 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue, Manhattan. If so, the older, low buildings are long-gone.

May 17th, 2007, 07:05 PM
That assemblage of buildings (now gone) used to be on the SE corner of 53rd Street / Third Avenue -- catty-corner from the Citicorp Buidling and across from the Lipstick Building. They were on corner in front of the fugly building below on the left (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=164280&postcount=19) (this \/ is the back side) ...


May 17th, 2007, 07:14 PM
After a little research: That's 875 Third Avenue. The Times ran a story about it and those little buildings: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE2DC153DF93BA15753C1A9669582 60

May 17th, 2007, 07:16 PM
Fantastic! Thanks so much.

I'll let him know first thing in the morning. Meanwhile, I'll Google Earth it.
(Superb photos, Lofter1.)

Thanks again.

May 17th, 2007, 07:19 PM
What service!
Thanks ManhattanKnight.

May 17th, 2007, 07:27 PM
^You're welcome. That was an easy one -- the view from my old office included the top of that eyesore.

May 17th, 2007, 09:11 PM
I always wondered why it fronted 3rd avenue so awkwardly.

May 17th, 2007, 09:25 PM
the older, low buildings are long-gone.
What a shame.

They were an essay in urban neighborliness. This kind of friendly, homey scale is vanishing in many parts of Manhattan, especially in Midtown and the East Side. I think this is the kind of thing Fabrizio celebrates (and londonlawyer abhors?).

May 17th, 2007, 10:02 PM

This neighborhood could use those little old shops on Third in that particular stretch, which is now a dead zone. They could have been spruced up to be quite charming. We could certainly use the small retail and food establishments that are lacking along Third. I remember LondonLawyer called for an entire row of such structures, just a few blocks north, to be razed. Every single one of them contains some kind of thriving small business needed by us in the area. Pizza, ice cream , newspapers, deli, and much more. Such buildings are the sources of every day needs that are not present in any new building bases around here. Drugs and Banks, you're covered, for everything else walk toward Second Ave(quickly succumbing to what already happened to Third) or, further yet, to First Ave. Where there are still such buildings, and hence still some restaurants and services from which to happily choose.
Beyond the aesthetic value of the contrasting scale that such structures provide, they are what makes this city truly liveable. No matter how wealthy I become, sometimes I will just want a simple slice, or a falafel.

Londonlawyer, I know you must be joking when you use "hoi polloi":) in that other thread, because otherwise I'd have to say, geez, you gotta come down to Earth once in a while.