The Diamond District
This block ranks with Antwerp, Belgium and Ramat Gan, Israel,
as one of the major diamond trading centers in the world.
Originally located on Maiden Lane and dominated by
Orthodox Jews, the district is said to employ 35,000 thousand people
at 2,600 jewelry-related businesses, but that may be declining due to
industry changes--the number of gemcutters on the street
has dropped from 3,000 to 300 in recent years. A view of the
street in its heyday can be seen in Marathon Man.
74: The owner of
Roman Jewelers was convicted of laundering Colombian drug money;
in 2005, his son was shot in an apparent
Rose Reiter Jewelry was founded in 1958;
Norman Landsberg goes back to 1948;
Nagin Jewelry dates to
62: New York magazine recommends
a wholesaler located upstairs at this address.
The back entrance to the Wentworth Hotel
is a shortcut to 46th Street.
50: Midtown Jewelers
46: The old space of Taam-Tov.
36: Diamond Center of America
34: Fifth Avenue Jewelers Exchange
30: Radio City Synagogue is a place of worship
for the District's many observant Jews.
Kim's Jewelry served as a fence for
a gang of jewel thieves robbing suburban malls.
20: Jewelry Center Building
10: New York Jewelry Center includes
AA Pearls & Gems Co
4: National Jewelry Exchange;
features the Diamond Dairy of New York, a
2: International Jewelers Exchange
Corner (578 5th Avenue): Jewelers on Fifth--
dealers who cater to the carriage trade