Walks in New York and elsewhere

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Bleecker Street VI

On the corner of Charles Street is a red brick building with a slate mansard roof and multi-paned windows. It is unlikely that this building would have received such a careful restoration if the building had not been in an historic district. The building was constructed in 1868, designed by Henry Englebert. The pipe railing at the top of the mansard is scheduled to be replaced by a decorative railing set back a bit that will suggest the metal cresting that was normally the icing on the cake, so to speak, of a typical Second Empire roof of this type.

Les Pierre Antiques occupies the ground floor of the building.

The adjacent building (constructed at the same time as the one at the corner has great dormers and what looks like some original cresting left.

Other stores on this block include two Ralph Lauren boutiques, one for men and, across the street, one for women

A hairdresser on the block displays some beautiful branches.

Across the street in a four-story row, is Cynthia Rowley

White brick seems to have turned up a lot a few decades earlier than the mid-1950s. Here's one (whitish, anyway) on the corner of Perry Street, proudly dated 1914.

Be sure to look up. There are some interesting roofscapes and cornices on the adjacent blocks.


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