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Monday, February 20, 2006

From First Avenue to Third Avenue

Near First Avenue on the south side of the street is the beautiful Immaculate Conception Church. It is now Roman Catholic, but was originally Episcopal, a Grace Church Chapel and Dispensary. It is a designated NYC landmark, built in 1894-96, designed by Barney & Chapman, in a vaguely Francois I style, not something you would expect to see on East 14th Street.
Immaculate Conception Church
Town and Village Synagogue is on the next block.
IMG_0744 (Small)(That's Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. (Peter Cooper Village is a development similar to Stuyvesant Town, a bit more upscale, just to the north, also developed by MetLife, but privately.

Nearer Third Avenue is a building, named "Rose Hill"


with an interesting cornice. IMG_0745 (Small)


There is a neighborhood actually named Rose Hill, bounded by 23rd and 32nd streets and Madison and Third avenues, but that is almost 10 blocks away. This building was named for its developer, Rosehill Realty, when it was built in 1905.

Sometimes people wonder if cornices serve a purpose, like keeping excess water off the facade of a building. The answer is, probably not, but there is no question about their aesthetic function. Take a look at this denuded row, on the north side of the block of East 14th Street, between Second and Third avenues, on the uptown side of the street. IMG_0746 (Small)


At 231 E. 14th is a building that used to house the Italian Labor Center. Much of the elaborate carving and other fine stonework one sees in New York was done by Italian immigrant labor, as the ornament on this building suggests. IMG_0750 (Small)

The Union Square Inn is a small hotel almost at Third Avenue, part of a row that does not have a new building permit listed at the buildings department. Sometimes, lack of a new building permit means that the building was constructed before the establishment of the buildings department, in 1865. Other times, it just means that the document has been lost or misfiled. A look at historic city maps may suggest a construction date. IMG_0754 (Small) Guests here are staying near the heart of the East Village. 14th Street in many ways is the dividing line between downtown and uptown, the hip and the square.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Tana said...

Beautiful post. It makes me want to be named "Rose Hill." What a lovely name.

12:14 AM  

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