Lush Roses and Comfortable Old Shoes

Lush Roses and Comfortable Old Shoes

By Claudie Benjamin As President of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Peg Breen’s professional domain focuses heavily on bricks, mortar, stone, and policy related to conservation, history, and progress.  Flowers provide a perfect balance, offering...
250 West 91st Street

250 West 91st Street

250 West 91st Street View of 250 West 91st Street taken from north; Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive The Versailles by Tom Miller Builders and real estate developers William Gunn and Andrew Grant, partners in Gunn & Grant, were erecting apartment buildings on the...
Movies that Spoke to His Soul

Movies that Spoke to His Soul

By Claudie Benjamin Dan and Toby Talbot defined what many Upper West Siders enjoyed most about going to the movies for decades.  The couple ran the New Yorker [2409 Broadway, demolished], the Cinema Studio [1931 Broadway, demolished], the (individually...
216 West 100th Street

216 West 100th Street

216 West 100th Street View of 216 West 100th Street taken from northwest; Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive The Allenhurst by Tom Miller In 1908 architect William L. Rouse designed a 12-story apartment building for the Allenel Construction Co. on the southeast corner of...
2141-2149 Broadway

2141-2149 Broadway

2141-2149 Broadway View of 2141-2149 Broadway taken from southeast; Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive The Astor Court by Tom Miller Following his father’s death in 1890, William Waldorf Astor became the richest man in America.  But wealth did not buy...
2720 Broadway

2720 Broadway

2720 Broadway View of 2720 Broadway taken from west; Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive Broadway View Hotel by Tom Miller The Hope Baptist Church had stood on the northeast corner of Broadway and 104th Street since 1890, when it was purchased by the Metropolitan...