LANDMARK WEST! is pleased to present THE BOULEVARD with our partners at the WEST END PRESERVATION SOCIETY.

The Boulevard

Following the approval of Central Park, the Board of Commissioners revisited the design of streets on the Upper West Side, ultimately widening what was formerly the Bloomingdale Road.  Formally redesigned in 1869 as “The Boulevard” planners foresaw a stately residential street marked by double rows of elm trees viewed from 15-foot wide sidewalks and accented by 30-foot wide planted zones to green the thoroughfare.

From getting paved in asphalt in 1890 to dug up in 1904 for the IRT and relandscaped during the Depression under Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, join us curb-to-curb as we explore this renowned corridor first traversed by New York’s indigenous peoples.

Find out more about the rich history of Broadway.  Scroll through the map below and click on any highlighted area. Want to dive deeper? Click “Read More” from the pop up window. Interested in a particular address? Click on the corresponding icon below the map to get right to the full story.

171 West 71st Street2081-2089 Broadway72nd Street Kiosk2091 Broadway2101-2119 Broadway2124 Broadway2131 Broadway2112 Broadway2160 Broadway2162 Broadway2320-2326 Broadway2175 Broadway215 West 91st Street2626 Broadway2689-2693 Broadway2710-2714 Broadway2801-2821 Broadway255 West 90th Street2420-2494 Broadway2350 Broadway265 West 79th Street2141-2149 Broadway2211 Broadway2241-2247 Broadway2248-2258 Broadway2307 Broadway2315 BroadwayStraus ParkVerdi Square200 West 72nd Street251 West 89th Street2220-2226 Broadway225 West 86th Street246 West 80th Street233 West 83rd Street2581 Broadway2641 Broadway233 West 99th Street2720-2724 Broadway216 West 100th Street2200-2228 Broadway2783-2787 Broadway214 West 92nd Street250 West 91st Street2345 Broadway2753 Broadway2508 Broadway2276 Broadway2780 Broadway2270-2272 Broadway2758 Broadway2749-2751 Broadway2741-2747 Broadway2708 Broadway2680-2684 Broadway215 West 75th Street250 West 78th Street2504 Broadway2609 Broadway2643-2645 Broadway2183-2189 Broadway2067 Broadway2659-2667 Broadway2660-2668 Broadway

171 West 71st Street

The Dorilton

Who said too much was ever enough? The Dorilton would challenge them--and win.  An architectural confection, this building will surely ruin your teeth!

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2081-2089 Broadway

The Newsreel Theatre or the Hotel St. Andrew? 

What was once a hotel became a theatre but now there is nothing to "see" here.

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72nd Street Kiosk

The Sherman Square Station

There are injustices every day in the subway, and there were even in the early 1900's during the nascent days of the system.  Despite the ubiquity of advertising today, there was a time when censorship reigned but determined suffragists would not have it!

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2091 Broadway

The Wood, Dolson & Co. Building

A multi-faceted building intended to harmonize with the adjacent church holds its own ground and shares in the responsibility of improving the lives of citizens...even if that is just their economic citizenry.

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2101-2119 Broadway

The Ansonia

After creating an initial riot, the ceremonies for the Upper West Side's "Wedding Cake" quieted with years of neglect but $100M later, the pizzazz is back!

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2124 Broadway

The Beacon of Broadway

A Roxy Theatre Circuit flagship was "Midway" but could not remain silent.  Reborn with a voice by Warner Brothers, the Beacon went live in 1976, and was restored to life in 2009.

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2131 Broadway

The Schrafft's Restaurant Building

Taking "take this to go" to a new level, Schrafft's took “all of the wall paneling, the electric fixtures, the cooling and ventilating system.”

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2112 Broadway

The Central Savings Bank Building

To put it simply, "The massive limestone blocks provided the impenetrable impression necessary in a banking institution; while the grand arched openings at the lower levels, and the more delicate two-story openings at the upper floors provided a sense of elegance.  

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2160 Broadway

The Jones Speedometer Building

Do you have a need, a need for speed?  If so you may also have a need for a Joseph W. Jones Speedometer, and we've got just the place for you!  

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2162 Broadway

The Manhattan Towers Hotel

Divine intervention turned this thriving congregation into a Skyscraper Church, but the stock market crash lead the hotel to default and the bank repossess the site.  A Mormon Church, Navy housing, and hotel later, today's Opera has cleaned up the reputation of a building with a colorful past.

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2320-2326 Broadway

Conjoined Buildings for Condensed Milk

A stable became a warehouse depot, became a garage, became apartments and is about to become out of existence.

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2175 Broadway

The Hotel Belleclaire

A breakthrough project for Emery Roth, The Hotel Belleclaire leaned into the Art Nouveau and the Viennese Secession styles.  Providing elegance for human and lions alike--check out who checked in.    

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215 West 91st Street

The De Soto

Largely refined and dignified residents inhabited the De Soto...just ignore the woman who couldn't stand to breathe the same air as her husband.

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2626 Broadway

The Metro (Midtown) Theatre

Seeing double?  Catch a double feature or just do a double take--this deco beauty was split in two at least twice and claims two names.

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2689-2693 Broadway

The Hotel Marseilles

Press is press, right? In a pre-Yelp world, the Hotel Marseilles couldn't catch a break in avoiding negative headlines, but this French-inspired treat has served well to those in need of its shelter.

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2710-2714 Broadway

The Horn & Hardart Building

Forget your two-cents, Horn and Hardart wanted your five cents--and did into the 1950's.  Just watch out for the nickel-throwers...

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2801-2821 Broadway

The Manhasset Apartments

Why leave well enough alone?  Three architects combine to complicate this block long pair of matching buildings for Schuyler Square.

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255 West 90th Street

The Cornwall

"Lusty Art Nouveau motifs" define the architecture but lead footed fiends once defined the residents of the Cornwall who had a need for speed.

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2420-2494 Broadway

Astor Court

Deja Vu?  If you think you've see this one before, you may well have!  New York City's second "Astor Court" this one is replete with the founders of Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and the Fox Film Corporation.

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2350 Broadway

Hotel Bretton Hall

Used as a safe house for a child in hiding as well as home to the bodyguard of the Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, aka "the Blind Sheikh"...one could say these walls saw their fair share of history.

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265 West 79th Street

First Baptist Church

Happily the subway didn't ruin this landmark as they feared, but the stained glass skylights nearly did.

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2141-2149 Broadway

The Astor Apartments

Speeding drivers and quick party escapes define this building’s history whose own renovation went slowly.

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2211 Broadway

The Apthorp

Named for the 18th century estate of Charles Ward Apthorp, The Apthorp maintained an air of sophistication.  But some of its residents?  They 'just wanna have fun'!

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2241-2247 Broadway

The Hotel Emerson/The Calvin Apartments

Arguably one of the top social landmarks in the neighborhood if not the city, Zabar's has been a consistent presence on the block since 1934.

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2248-2258 Broadway

Keith's 81st Street Theatre

The initial plan was vaudeville, with "photo-plays" and went feature pictures before becoming a television studio.  It's "second act" is retail.

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2307 Broadway

The West Side Republican Club

With so many facade changes and storefront revisions, which would you vote for?

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2315 Broadway

The Broadway Fashion Building

Of course Broadway has always been fashionable but this building went so far as to claim it!  After years of neglect, this building is back in style.

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Straus Park

Bloomingdale Square / Straus Park

A small park for a humble couple with a big impact on NYC and American history.

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Verdi Square

Verdi Square

A determined Charles Barsotti would not let improbability, doubting press or harassing patrolmen stop him from honoring composer Giuseppe Verdi.

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200 West 72nd Street

The Colonial Club

This out-of-place Club that was too-far west, and too-far north broke the rules, admitting women, shunning its younger members, and before very long broke itself. The well-heeled could not keep it afloat yet the structure stood for over a century. There is no mention if the developers who replaced it recovered the cornerstone which held a copper box containing "club manuals and documents, a photograph of General Sherman’s funeral passing Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, a Civil War badge of the Grand Army of the Republic, copies of various newspapers and poems written by member William M. Kerr to “Our Children’s Children’s Children.”

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251 West 89th Street

The Admaston

Servants in the Admaston tended to "help themselves" while a dancer proved just how painless keeping house could be.

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2220-2226 Broadway

The Spreter Department Store

A tax payer with a long history in retail, this corner has witnessed an array of retail tenants and still serves its original purpose.

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225 West 86th Street

The Belnord

Not really any “Murders in the Building” but for a time, failing plumbing and electrical systems and an epic landlord-tenant battle!

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246 West 80th Street

The Broadway Studio Building

The "reds" the Feds were concerned about were not coming from the Parsons School of Design, but the building's later tenants, the Stevenson School.

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233 West 83rd Street

The Amidon

Divorces can get messy, but to have a spouse committed for mental evaluation just to break it off?  That's an extreme measure, but hey, all is fair in love and war, right?

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2581 Broadway

The Unter den Linden

Flowing drinks and loud music whether you were at the Unter den Linden beer garden, or just a neighbor...

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2641 Broadway

The Grimm Building

Despite its name, this building was more jovial on account of the foamy libations introduced by the Doelger's.

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233 West 99th Street

The Trafalgar Towers

Wood Venetian blinds and metal clothes hampers would hardly be deemed amenities worth listing today but mediums are also less common now...

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2720-2724 Broadway

Broadway View Hotel

Intended as a skyscraper church, this wholly unholy construction is known for its skilled canaries and craftspeople.

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216 West 100th Street

The Allenhurst

Bertram I. Rich lived up to his name..."His chief occupation since the time he inherited the million left by his father...has been to keep money in circulation."

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2200-2228 Broadway

The Sanford and The Rexford Apartments

Jewelry had a habit of disappearing at these twin apartments. Whether trusted to a physician, a travelling son or retrieved by an uninvited acquaintance, these accessories were in high demand.

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2783-2787 Broadway

The Trouville Apartments

The chances are that you'll find what you are looking for at the Trouville.  From artificial logs to fake fish, there were lots of phonies here.

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214 West 92nd Street

St. James Court

The delivery boy was looking for a tip, and he got one: don't wake a sleeping boxer or his convalescing child.

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250 West 91st Street

The Versailles

Music celebrity resounded through the halls of the Versailles and water through its walls.  

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2345 Broadway

Euclid Hall

Deep light courts accentuated the massing of Euclid Hall where apartments were designed to be large enough to host large dances...one hopes the floors were soundproofed.  

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2753 Broadway

936 West End Avenue, aka 2753 Broadway 

936 West End Avenue?  2753 Broadway?  The Lancaster?  Multiple addresses, multiple names and multiple personalities filled this landmark and its history. 

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2508 Broadway

2508 Broadway 

Life imitates art at the Narragansett Hotel.  From the rags to riches of a hotel employee to the riches to rags of a popular playwright recluse. 

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2276 Broadway

2276 Broadway

Some like it hot.  While diners at Childs' Restaurant came for the food, Nellie Gutosky aka Norma Parker came for the cash register.  

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2780 Broadway

2780 Broadway

When Sava Seyaha turned from stocks to real estate, he likely thought it was a safe bet.  It wasn't.

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2270-2272 Broadway

2270-2272 Broadway

The police stationed them selves here for, but so would you, if you were in the know. 

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2758 Broadway

2758 Broadway

Once home to the Friends of the Irish Republic, then a Communist and Socialist meeting hall, and then the Riverside Democratic Club...what next?    

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2749-2751 Broadway

The Westbourne

Clarence Eddy made beautiful music...just not with his wife.  Augusto Cuartas did too as Augie's Jazz Bar, but that went up in SMOKE. 

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2741-2747 Broadway

The Cleburne

Try this for "A Wrinkle in Time": Mrs. Cheatham lived up to her name, was convicted of shoplifting, faked a suicide, was presumed drowned yet turned up in Chicago...

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2708 Broadway

The Grafton

One wonders what ever happened to the Humphreys--and their marriage.  Oliver happened to stab himself near the heart while cutting bread, but his helpful wife had full explanations for the police.  

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2680-2684 Broadway

2680-2684 Broadway

Read All About It: The New York Times gets swindled by its staff accountant...who bears the accountability?

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215 West 75th Street

215 West 75th Street

An exuberant terra cotta topper caped this building brimming with stories including the UWS's most famous madam.

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250 West 78th Street

The Curlew

As the saying goes, if you believe it you can achieve it.  Isaac Ludlow believed he could make a flying machine.  He just need a motor.

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2504 Broadway

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Advent

Known for its ministry to musicians, Evangelical Lutheran's Pastor Reverend John Garcia Gensel did "field work" in various jazz clubs.

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2609 Broadway

The Arragon and the Navarre

These two buildings pass as one, but an undercover detective could not pass off Olive Murray for lewd behavior.

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2643-2645 Broadway

The Ben Hur

A novel, a stage play, a religious epic film...how novel!

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2183-2189 Broadway

2183-2189 Broadway 

A crooked cop and an honest kid.

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2067 Broadway

2067 Broadway 

A forgotten work by Rosario Candela hiding in plain sight!

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2659-2667 Broadway

The Darlington

A suffering suffragist and a trying teetotaler.

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2660-2668 Broadway

LANDMARK WEST! is pleased to present THE BOULEVARD in partnership with our colleagues at the WEST END PRESERVATION SOCIETY.

 

Special thanks to Tom Miller and Claudie Benjamin along with Reno Dakota, who helped make this project possible.

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