Jefferson Market Library

The striking High Victorian Gothic building doesn’t just look beautiful… it’s certifiably beautiful. In 1885 Jefferson Market was voted as one of the 10 most beautiful buildings in the United States by a national poll of architects! Location: 425 6th Ave Built: 1873-77 Architects: Frederick Clarke Withers and Calvert Vaux Originally known as the Jefferson Market Courthouse,…

Little Church Around the Corner

A tranquil church with a peaceful courtyard in the heart of Midtown is known by its nickname – the “Little Church around the corner.” Location: 1 East 29th Street Founded: 1848 Architect: Frederick Clarke Withers Tucked away behind a serene courtyard, the Church of the Transfiguration is an unexpected oasis amid the hustle and bustle…

Appellate Division Courthouse

The statues on top of the courthouse represent the world’s most important lawgivers. But one is missing… Location: 27 Madison Ave Built: 1896-1899 Architect: James Brown Lord The most distinct feature of the stately courthouse is that it is embellished with about 30 statues designed by the sixteen most esteemed sculptors of the day. Around the…

The Players

The Players is a private social club formed to promote communication among artists and patrons of the arts. Modeled after London’s famed Garrick Club, The Players was the first American club of its kind. Location: 16 Gramercy Park South Built: 1844 Architect: Stanford White The Players was founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth, the widely-known…

The Ansonia

Scandalous and stylish, the Ansonia is a Parisian vision on the streets of New York Location: 2109 Broadway, between West 73rd and West 74th Streets Architect: Paul E. Duboy Built: 1904 Much like people, buildings have faces. The Ansonia is like a beautiful French lady whose Parisian looks and New York proportions make her singularly…

The San Remo

The Aristocrat of Central Park West Location: 145 Central Park West Architect: Emery Roth Built: 1930 The iconic silhouette of San Remo is defined by two soaring towers, creating the most distinct and recognizable view along Central Park West. San Remo, a luxury apartment building designed by Emery Roth, was billed in advertisements as “the Aristocrat…

The Back Room

The Back Room 102 Norfolk St In the 1920s it was the headquarters of Murder, Inc., deadly Italian-Jewish Mafia headed by Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. The Back Room is not your average speakeasy-themed bar – it functioned as an actual speakeasy that secretly operated at the back of Ratner’s kosher restaurant. Ratner’s, a vegetarian…

Pete’s Tavern

Pete’s Tavern 129 E 18th St One of the oldest drinking establishments in the city, it’s the birthplace of O. Henry’s famous “The Gift of the Magi” story. Yes, William Sydney Porter, better known to the world by his pen name “O. Henry,” lived nearby at 55 Irving Place. Yes, like so many writers, he…