Gershwin Apartments are a
40-story apartment development built in 1998,
named for the
239: This neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church
was built in 1902; the construction of an Actor's
Chapel below the main church recognized its
function as a spiritual home for Catholic show folk.
Among the many who worshipped here were
George M. Cohan,
Spencer Tracy, Perry Como,
Rosalind Russell, Danny Thomas,
Bob Hope, Ricardo Montalban and
Pat O'Brien. The
funeral of Rudolph Valentino, held here on August 30, 1926,
attracted 100,000 mourners. Joan Crawford, Fred Allen and
Jimmy Durante were all married here.
Malachy, a 12th Century archbishop of Armagh, was the first
native-born Irish saint; according to a popular
prophecy attributed to him, Benedict XVI is the
next to last pope before the Second Coming.
219: Another theater designed by Herbert J. Krapp
for the Shuberts, it opened in 1921. Bring in 'Da Noise,
Bring in 'Da Funk played here from 1996-99.
1619 (corner): Built in 1931 by developer
Abraham Lefcourt, it was soon taken over and renamed by the
Brill Brothers clothing store. In 1932, Southern Music
Publishing Company moved here, starting the building's role as a
center of music publishing that would last until 1974.
(Buddy Holly met his soon-to-be
Maria Elena Santiago, at Southern Music,
where she was a secretary.) Almost a third of the
songs played on Your Hit Parade from 1935 until 1958 were
published by Brill Building companies.
Songwriters like Carole King,
Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond and Neil Sedaka got their starts here.
Big Bands like the Dorsey Brothers,
Guy Lombardo, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway were also headquartered here.
On the ground floor, the
Colony Music Center, with vintage vinyl and
a great sheet music collection, is a reminder of
the building's glory days.