The TGIF gang
turned their cock-eyed talents on this great old building at
the NE corner of Broadway / W. 46th (aka 1552 Broadway) in the heart of Times Square:
The original (now partially hidden behind the signs):
Some history about this little building:
Shoes for Show Folks
Q. Looming over Times Square, on the north side of 46th Street just east of Broadway, are four statues of great actresses from the 1920's in some of their most famous roles. Above them is an inscription saying that ''famous show folks'' bought their shoes at this shop. What was the shop, and who put up those statues?
A. Israel Miller, a shoemaker from Poland, arrived in New York in 1892 and began making shoes for theatrical productions. His designs were popular with many vaudeville performers, who turned to him to produce their personal footwear. In 1911 he opened a small store in a brownstone at 1552 Broadway at 46th Street, which he soon expanded into the adjacent property at 1554 Broadway, as well as to the showrooms on the upper floors of both buildings.
When he acquired long-term control of the property in 1926, Mr. Miller unified the buildings' facades, using marble with granite trim and bronze fittings around the showcase windows. The wall along West 46th Street, beneath the cornice, bears the inscription, ''THE SHOW FOLKS SHOESHOP DEDICATED TO BEAUTY IN FOOTWEAR.''
Niches were added along the wall to honor four of New York's then-favorite actresses. Mr. Miller released a public ballot to pick actresses in drama, musical comedy, opera and film. The winners were: Ethel Barrymore as Ophelia, Marilyn Miller as Sunny, Rosa Ponselle as Norma and Mary Pickford as Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Mr. Miller commissioned Alexander Sterling Calder to make these sculptures, which were unveiled on Oct. 20, 1929.
In 1990 the organization ''Save the Theaters,'' seeking landmark status for the facade, prepared a report for the Landmarks Preservation Commission with this information. Landmark status was denied.In NYC Business Reigns Over All ...
Christmas cheer all round as Riese regains 1552 B'way
Real Estate Weekly
Dec 7, 2005
Dennis Riese, chairman of the Riese Organization, got the best Christmas gift he could have asked for this week when he closed on a $48 million deal to buy "the most important property" in his career.
Riese paid a whopping $3970 per square foot for the 12,091 s/f 1552 Broadway, home of the World's most popular and successful T.G.I. Friday's.
It was money well spent, according to Riese, who has been credited with reversing the fortunes of the family-run firm and returning it to its status as one of the city's premier restaurant companies.
"Not only have I turned the family's fortunes back around completely, but I am proud to own one of the corners of the Crossroads of the World," said Riese.
1552 Broadway was one of two Times Square properties that were originally owned by National Restaurants Management, Inc. (NRMI), the company developed by Dennis' father, the late Murray Riese. The other property is the retail condominium at 729 7th Avenue. In 1999, the two properties were sold to the New York City-based REIT, Northstar, and were then simultaneously leased back to NRMI, as the main piece of a massive re-structuring of all the Riese properties.