132 West 72nd Street

132 West 72nd Street

132 West 72nd Street View of 132 West 72nd Street from north.  Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive LINK A Most Unfortunate Misstep by Tom Miller James R. Breen and Alfred G. Nason had started their partnership following the Civil War as carpenters.  By the early...
260 West End Avenue

260 West End Avenue

260 West End Avenue View of 260 West End Avenue from West 72nd Street.  Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive LINK Ethel Lyons’ Lyin’ Poker Face by Tom Miller In 1924, the Frank & Frank Building Corporation demolished the four high-stooped houses at 262...
226 West 72nd Street

226 West 72nd Street

226 West 72nd Street View of 226 West 72nd Street from north.  Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive LINK The Tiller Dancing School by Tom Miller Born in Oberschopfheim, Germany in March 1840, Benedickt Fischer was a very wealthy and very busy man by 1896.  He was the...
166 West 72nd Street

166 West 72nd Street

166 West 72nd Street View of 166 West 72nd Street from north.  Courtesy NYC Municipal Archive LINK The First to Fall by Tom Miller West 72nd Street was developed as a “park thoroughfare,” meaning that the Parks Department was responsible for its maintenance, and that...
In his father’s footsteps on West 72nd Street

In his father’s footsteps on West 72nd Street

By Claudie Benjamin Pharmacist Shoukry Elfahawy came to New York from Cairo, Egypt in 1969 to make a better life for his family.  Once earning the required NYS license, he acquired Bell Pharmacy in 1972, a business that was already established on the south side of...