Walks in New York and elsewhere

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Union Square to Sixth Avenue

Walking westward, we are now at the northern edge of Greenwich Village. Just to the north is an edge of the Ladies Mile Historic District. Farther west we will be on the southern boundary of Chelsea. (The neighborhoods extend beyond the technical boundaries of the designated historic districts.) West of Ninth Avenue, 14th Street goes through the Gansevoort Historic District.

14th Street, at Union Square and for the next block or two, has long been a destination discount shopping area. Only the names change. Old-tmers will remember S. Klein's On the Square (where Zeckendorf Tower is now), Ohrbach's and May's. Today they have been supplanted by newer stores Filene's Basement and others.

On the northwest corner of Union Square West stands the Lincoln Building, constructed in 1890, designed by H. R. Robertson. IMG_0880 (Small)

This part of 14th Street was home to a number of retail dry-good stores toward the end of the 19th century, in the wake of the construction of the 6th Avenue El.

Across the street is an impressive cast-iron building designed by D. and J. Jardine in 1880 for the Bauman's Carpet store. IMG_0881 (Small) Think of the impression these windows must have made in 1880.


If Trader Joe's, the Greenmarket or Whole Foods don't have what you want, maybe the Garden of Eden will. IMG_0883 (Small)

My favorite building on the block is this one: IMG_1136 (Small) It was built in 1896, designed by William Schickel, for Macy's, which occupied a group of buildings in this neighborhood before moving to 34th Street.

There are a number of union headquarters in the neighborhood. This building this union is in has a unique decorative scheme (The Little Prince,) that regrettably has been overlaid with graffiti. IMG_1134 (Small)

On the s. e. corner of 14th and 6th is a building now housing an Urban Outfitters store on the ground floor that was built in 1904 by Henry Siegel as a low-to mid-price department store. It was designed by Cady, Berg & See. IMG_1142 (Small) Siegel was a partner in the more upscale Siegel-Cooper department store a few blocks north in the Ladies Mile Historic District.

Across the street, on the s.e. corner is a sign that always brings The Great Gatsby to mind.IMG_1143 (Small)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sandra, glorious photos. Please keep up the good work.

How are you doing? Please write specifically to max@tdl.com .

All the best -- Max

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