Corner (1384 Broadway): Lefcourt Normandie Building,
built by Garment District developer Abraham Lefcourt, on the
site of the Hotel Normandie, where Tchaikovsky
stayed in the spring of 1891 to inaugurate Carnegie
Hall. Nick and Nora Charles also stayed here in
the novel The Thin Man.
The Lefcourt Normandie National Bank
of New York, founded in 1928, after a
series of mergers and name changes
became Chemical (now Chase) Bank.
Beads World, a Garment District
supplier, can be found here now.
120: Site of the rathskeller Kennedy's,
a late-night hangout for theater types in
the Jazz Age.
110: Master forger Mabel Parker
was arrested at her apartment here in 1903. "She's the most wonderful
person with a pen I've ever seen," the arresting detective
said. "She wrote my name for me so that I positively
couldn't tell it from my own signature." She passed the
time at her trial by copying signatures for reporters--
yet still was acquitted of forgery. Her husband, however,
got 10 years at Sing Sing.
A few years later, in 1909, this was the address
of Maxim's, a leading "lobster palace."