Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Author Archive: Matthew Baker

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #57

The Jewish Museum Architect: C.P.H. Gilbert Style: French Revival Use: Museum Opened: 1904 Borough: Manhattan Once housing a single family of six, the former Warburg mansion is now home to the world’s oldest still-extant Jewish museum. Gilbert was inspired by Richard Morris Hunt, the first American architect trained at Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts, so the …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #58

Brooklyn Public Library Architect: Githens & Keally Style: Art Deco Use: Museum Opened: 1941 Borough: Brooklyn Intended to abstract the image of a book standing open, the delicious gold leaf-crusted entrance of the central library perfectly complements the geometry of the streets that radiate from Grand Army Plaza. As the Art Deco period was waning, …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #59

St. Paul’s Chapel (Columbia University) Architect: I. N. Phelps Stokes Style: Roman Revival Use: House of Worship Opened: 1907 Borough: Manhattan One of the few buildings on the campus of Columbia University not designed by McKim, Mead & White, Stokes’ masterpiece is a holy confection inside and out. Vaulted with Guastavino tile, its dazzling acoustics …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #60

Brooklyn Museum Architect: McKim, Mead & White Style: Beaux Arts Use: Museum Opened: 1897 Borough: Brooklyn Opened in the advent of the Great Consolidation, Brooklyn’s monument to artistic culture is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be. The original beaux arts façade decorated with Daniel Chester French statues marries starkly yet seamlessly with its more modern glass …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #61

Wagner College, Main Hall Architect: Smith, Conable & Powley Style: Neo-Tudor Use: Education Opened: 1930 Borough: Staten Island Staten Island’s most beautiful building is the centerpiece of a liberal arts college that moved to the island over a decade before its construction but did not become coeducational or nonsectarian until later. The charming irony of …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 21, 1932, Jack Sharkey won the Heavyweight Championship of the World from Max Schmeling at the new Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island City, Queens. The two had fought before with the opposite result and Sharkey’s split-decision victory was met with controversy, giving birth to the now cliché commentary “We wuz robbed!” …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 20, 1992, Amy Scherber opened Amy’s Bread on Ninth Avenue. The baker and entrepreneur set up shop in Hell’s Kitchen where foot traffic was slow and the wholesale business kept the company alive. As the neighborhood gentrified, the business thrived and now has outposts in Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, Lincoln Center, and the …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 19, 1867, the Belmont Stakes had its first race at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx. Francis Morris’ filly Ruthless, ridden by A. Jack Minor, won the race at 3:05:00. The race would continue in the Bronx for nearly half a century, first at Jerome Park and later at Morris Park, before finally …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #62

Pythian Apartments Architect: Thomas W. Lamb Style: Art Deco Use: Residential Opened: 1927 Borough: Manhattan Now an 88-unit luxury condominium apartment building, this crown jewel of West 70th Street was originally built as a temple for the fraternal organization, the Knights of Pythias. Whimsically decorated with Egyptian motifs, the building offers little surprise that architect …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #63

278 Clinton Avenue Architect: Unknown Style: Baroque Revival Use: Residential Opened: c. 1884 Borough: Brooklyn Now divided into seven units, this 3-room mansion in Clinton Hill was built for the 19th-century chemist Behrend H. Huttman. Alas, virtually nothing else is known about this brick and terra cotta gem that graces the block where Standard Oil …

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