Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Author Archive: Matthew Baker

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #39

Plaza Hotel Architect: Henry J. Hardenbergh Style: French Revival Use: Hotel Opened: 1907 Borough: Manhattan Featuring one of the grandest mansard roofs in the city, this French Renaissance masterpiece has had many lives under many owners but has always been synonymous with luxury, elegance, and good taste. There is no more coveted table for an …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #40

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Architect: Schultze & Weaver Style: Art Deco Use: Hotel Opened: 1931 Borough: Manhattan Now the crown jewel in the Hilton hotel chain, this Park Avenue institution was moved from Fifth Avenue, where William Waldorf Astor established it, to make way for the Empire State Building. Its grand residential towers have served as …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On August 17, 1667, Colonel Sir Francis Lovelace was appointed second governor of the New York province, succeeding Richard Nicolls. Though it would take time for Lovelace to assume full control, he got right to work, fortifying the city, and organizing the militia. But his greatest contribution was the purchase of Staten Island from the …

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ANSWER:

Radio Tower Congratulations to Marc for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

In 1967, a small private airplane crashed into what kind of structure on High Island?

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #41

Bronx Zoo Center Architect: Heins & La Farge Style: Renaissance Revival Use: Visitor Center Opened: 1908 Borough: The Bronx Almost Byzentine in its stylistic whimsy, this former elephant house was not only the home to the largest of pachyderms, but also rhinos, camels, and hippos, before being rededicated to smaller animals and a visitor information …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #42

Lever House Architect: Gordon Bunshaft Style: Modern Use: Offices Opened: 1952 Borough: Manhattan Declared a New York City Landmark as soon as it was eligible in 1982, this graceful glass curtain building is an exercise in development forbearance in a metropolis mad for real estate. Rather than occupying its full lot and adhering to the …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #43

Prospect Park Boathouse Architect: Helmle & Huberty Style: Beaux Arts Use: Education Opened: 1904 Borough: Brooklyn On the eastern end of Prospect Park’s Lullwater of the Lake, this iron lamped confection was designed by protégés of McKim, Meade, and White, whose style it strongly resembles. With a terra cotta exterior and gorgeous Guastavino tiles inside, …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #44

Belvedere Castle Architect: Calvert Vaux Style: Gothic Revival Use: Visitor Center Opened: 1869 Borough: Manhattan Originally used as a weather-watching center, this granite-clad Manhattan schist castle is now a visitor center, staffed by the Central Park Conservancy. Standing atop Vista Rock, the second highest natural elevation in the park, the castle provides magnificent views of …

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Linden Boulevard Congratulations to Marie France Lefebvre for getting the correct answer first!

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