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    list of gone NY buildings--
    http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON.htm

    am looking for info on------

    1. Spite House -Lexington Avenue Between 82nd and 83rd Streets
    need picture

    2. Hanover Bank Building
    any pix, info whatsoever


    3. The Manhattan Hotel
    architect? general info?


    4.Coogan Building 776 Sixth Ave. at 26th St.
    any pix, info whatsoever

    5.West Side Viaduct
    any pix, info whatsoever

    6. New York Tribune Building
    any pix, info whatsoever


    7. Post Office at the triangular tip of City Hall Park
    any pix, info whatsoever


    many thanks
    Tom

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    please--I dont want to see any more added to this list!!!

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    Crying out loud stop the pain. Pleassssssssssssssse!

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    Gone but not forgotten. My favorite lost building in New York City is the Singer Building designed by Ernest Flagg.

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    And nothing compares to the old Penn Station. We're the only city on the Northeastern Corridor that does not have an architectural gem as an Amtrak station.

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    Default Madison Square Garden

    hey, you can't forget Madison Square Garden



    and the gruesome end of its architect Stanford White in it---

    The opening night celebration was attended by 17,000 people, some of whom paid as much as $50 per head. In the audience were some of the wealthiest, most influential figures of the age: J.P. Morgan, the Pierponts, the Whitneys, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and the architect Stanford White,

    White, ironically, would spend his last hours in the roof garden cabaret 16 years later. It is a story that still fascinates.

    Stanford White was not only America's leading urban architect but also one of the most notorious of playboys. His name had been linked with many of the beauties of the age, including the Floradora Girls who performed nightly at the Gardenšs Casino. One of those girls was a beautiful young woman named Evelyn Nesbitt who had married a Pittsburgh millionaire named Harry Thaw. White's name had been romantically linked with Nesbitt before and after her marriage to Thaw.

    On the night of June 25, 1906, Thaw was attending a dinner-show with his wife at the cabaret, when he rose to leave the dining room, he suddenly turned on his heel and walked to White's table where he drew a revolver and fired three times at White's head.

    White died in the building he designed, Thaw after one hung jury, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The story has been depicted in several movies, notably in "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" and "Ragtime."

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    although I agree, Penn station was indeed something...... (another McKim Mead and White building!)




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    I've said it before, I'll say it again: karma's a bitch. The Penn Central Railroad went spectacularly bankrupt a few years after the demolition of Penn Station.

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    There ought to be a rule about not posting Penn Station pictures..

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    From the posted picture, the old post office building looks almost identical to the Old Executive Office Building next to the White House in DC.

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    It really is a shame to see such masterpieces of beau arts go to waste...and they sure don't make them like that anymore...

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    Post Office at the triangular tip of City Hall Park
    any pix, info whatsoever
    I believe they demolished the Post Office to extend the City Hall Park.

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    It was demolished to renovate the park...the 1939 World's Fair led to a desire to beautify the park and demolish it. The post office was really liked while it was standing.

    http://www.mcny.org/Exhibitions/abbott/a301.htm

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    It was demolished to renovate the park...the 1939 World's Fair led to a desire to beautify the park and demolish it. The post office was really liked while it was standing.

    http://www.mcny.org/Exhibitions/abbott/a301.htm
    According to the museum it wasn't very well liked:

    After a competition with no winner, a committee headed by A. B. Mullet was formed to design the building. Never liked, it was dubbed "Mullet's monstrosity," and as early as 1920 efforts to demolish it were underway. Because of a land-rights dispute between the city and federal authorities, the building stood until 1938, when the beautification of City Hall Park for the 1939 World's Fair hastened its demise. Abbott recorded the much-maligned building a month before it was razed.
    Personally I like the buildings overly-ornate architecture.

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    I tried editing it to say "wasn't" liked but my computer crashed when I was doing that.....Anyway I like it too. It looks odd with the Mansard roof and the symmetry of it's windows reminds me a little bit of the cast irons in Soho.

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