Corner (857 7th Ave): Ben Ash Deli
is in The Wyoming, a
13-story French Renaissance-style apartment
building completed 1906, designed by Rouse &
Sloan. It replaced an earlier Wyoming, built by
Edward Clark and designed by Henry Hardenbergh,
started in 1880, the same year the same
team started work on The Dakota.
160: Carnegie Frame
158: Piano Piano, pianos
154: This Romanesque Revival structure
was built as a horse stable in 1888, designed by
E. Bassett Jones. In 1927 it was converted into
a small cinema by Treanor & Fatio, known as
55th Street Playhouse (and for a while
as the Europa Theatre). An art house for much
of its lifetime, it was the first theater to
show a European talkie subtitled for U.S. release,
and saw the premieres of such films as Abel Gance's
Napoleon and Cocteau's Orpheus.
By the 1960s, it was showing martial arts films,
and in the '70s and early '80s was a noted gay porn
house. Now serves as a delivery entrance for the
London NYC hotel.
Carl Van Vechten moved to this nine-story
building about the time it was built in
1922. Here he threw celebrated parties--
integrated, unlike most social gatherings
of the day, with guests like Theodore Dreiser,
Paul Robeson, George Gershwin and James Weldon
Johnson--and worked on his controversial
novel, Nigger Heaven. On the ground
floor today is the florist Flowers of the World.
140: Myzels candy
136: Opened in 1929 as the Gorham Hotel,
it was renamed the
Blakely New York after
a 2004 renovation.
120 (corner): A 50-story office tower completed 1969,
named for Burlington Industries, a fabric maker
that ceased operations in 2004. The building is now formally
the Alliance Capital Building, after
Alliance took over Mastercard's former space
here in 1994. Noted for the
Dandelion Fountain out front. Osteria del
Circo, Italian, is in the building.