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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Bleecker Street II

Walking west, there is to the left, a little triangle with what has to be NYC's, if not the world's, thinnest building on it. The triangle is the result of the confluence of Mulberry, Lafayette and Bleecker in a configuration that would have been impossible if the 1811 grid had been imposed here. A little snack bar named "Bite" occupies the tip of the triangle.

On the north side of the street is The Culture Project Theatre, where the plays are more concerned with social and political issues than with entertainment. This marks the western boundary of NoHo East.

At 65 Bleecker, past Lafayette Street, at Crosby, is the Bayard-Condict Building, dating from 1899. This is the only building in New York City designed by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright's "lieber Meister." Underneath its lavish ornament, the building reveals its structure. It may not be that tall by today's standards, but it meets Sullivan's demand that a syscraper be "a proud and soaring thing."

The angels spreading their wings beneath the cornice were a design element that the building's owner insisted on, presumably as a blessing for those who worked inside. The building is an individual landmark within the boundaries of the NoHo historic district.

On the northeast corner of Bleecker and Broadway is another impressive building, a contrasting chocolate brownstone and brick to the Bayard-Condict's vanilla terra-cotta. This was originally the Manahttan Savings Instition, designed by Stephen Decatur Hatch in a vaguely Romanesque revival style, built in 1889-90.

The letters MSI are still visible in the pediment.


Anonymous Heikke said...

Very nice, great photo's!!
More please!!


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