Beautiful New York

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Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Top 10 Most Beautiful Residential Blocks in NYC — #4

Pomander Walk Through a little metal gate on West 95th Street (looking like any other gate to a courtyard or back alley) lies a private pedestrian street between Broadway and West End Avenue. This quiet lane of multi-colored Tudor houses almost looks like a stage set so it is appropriate that the name, “Pomander Walk” …

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Residential Blocks in NYC — #5

London Terrace This immense, majestic, Romanesque apartment complex stretches from Ninth to Tenth Avenues on 23rd Street. Originally intended as luxury housing, it was made accessible to the Middle Class when the Great Depression struck. Still one of the grandest expanses in the neighborhood of Chelsea, London Terrace features a block-long back garden for its …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On March 29, 1989, “Junk Bond King” Michael Milken was indicted for fraud and racketeering. Considered by many to be the epitome of Wall Street greed in the 1980’s, Milken has, since his release, apparently mended his ways to become a major philanthropist in the field of medical research.

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It Happened Today in New York City

On March 28, 1939, The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry opened at the Shubert Theatre. The frothy romantic comedy starred Katharine Hepburn and Joseph Cotten and would run for 96 performances. It went on to inspire an Academy Award-winning movie, in which Hepburn starred with Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, and the musical, High Society, …

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ANSWER:

Spike Lee Congratulations to Geo for getting the correct answer first! Also, special kudos to Nathan Cox for knowing Spike’s real name!

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It Happened Today in New York City

On March 26, 1914, police photographer and social reformer, Jacob Riis, died at age 66. After seeing the extreme poverty in the slums and tenements of the Lower East Side, Riis crusaded to bring attention and aide to the city’s least privileged classes with his seminal book, How the Other Half Lives, which is still …

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QUESTION:

40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks is the Fort Greene-based production company of what Brooklyn native filmmaker?

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Residential Blocks in NYC — #6

West 78th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues Though brownstone is the building material of choice, not all of the charming stoops on this block are brown. The almost San Franciscan color scheme is part of the charm on this stretch of the Upper West Side, just a stone’s throw from the American Museum of …

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Residential Blocks in NYC — #7

Ascan Avenue between Seasongood Road and Greenway North Past the shopping district of Austin Street and the picturesque Station Square, this quiet stretch in the Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills could have you believing you were in England thanks to all the Tudor-style houses. The greenery and the sense of quiet, coupled with the proximity …

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Residential Blocks in NYC — #8

East 79th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues Those who can afford to live anywhere choose to live here. Michael Bloomberg, Woody Allen, and other uber-wealthy celebrities call this swanky slice of the Upper East Side “home”. Across the street from Central Park and around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these townhouses …

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