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Category Archives: East Side

Street Scenes on Upper Fifth Avenue

THE RADICAL CAMERA: NEW YORK’S PHOTO LEAGUE 1936-51 at The Jewish Museum is a must-see show for anyone who loves street photography. Quite simply, the Photo League members documented life as it was lived on the sidewalks of New York.

Call to Arts at the Armory

On Wednesday night, I stopped by the Park Avenue Armory for the opening night preview of Antiques & Art, produced by Avenue Shows. Approximately 50 dealers showcased collections, which included furniture from the 17th century through mid-century modern; fine silver; Russian antiquities and art; Asian textiles and art; first-edition books; and vintage and fine jewelry. Standing on [...]

Neon Nights across the East River

When I take Sherlock for his evening walk to the end of East 52nd Street, the spectacular Pepsi-Cola sign across the East River always captivates me. The dramatic Art Deco script outlined in ruby-red neon reminds me of a legend about a famous River House applicant who didn’t make the grade. It was rumored that [...]

Refuge from Reality on the East Side

When I was the Associate Editor of Quest in the late ‘90s, I wrote a story about River House for my “Open House” column. The building, at 435 East 52nd Street, had long piqued my curiosity. I was aware that it was home to some of the city’s most powerful players and that it was extremely [...]

Hell of a Ride on Third Avenue

Have you ever wondered why Third Avenue has so many undistinguished postwar high rises? Or why the Third Avenue façade of Bloomingdale’s looks basically like a block-long warehouse. The answer is the Third Avenue El, which was not torn down until 1955. The elevated train, which dated back to 1878, made the avenue undesirable for [...]