Corner (881 7th Ave): Legendary
built by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie
in 1891. How do you get here? "Practice!"
Among the greats that have performed or
spoken here are
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,
Antonin Dvorak, Ignace Paderewski, Vladimir Horowitz,
Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington,
Judy Garland, Harry Belafonte,
The Beatles, Mark Twain, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Martin Luther
King. The film Unfaithfully Yours was shot here.
In the building are the Carnegie Hall Studios, which has housed such artists
Charles Dana Gibson (of the "Gibson Girl"),
John Philip Sousa, Isadora Duncan,
Agnes de Mille, Marlon Brando, John Barrymore
Carnegie Hall Tower
152: The 60-story building, designed by
Cesar Pelli, was squeezed
in between its namesake and the Russian Tea Room
in 1990. It replaced an apartment building
called The Rembrandt, where artist
Childe Hassam lived from 1893-1901, and
where Marc Connelly
wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Green
Pastures in 1929.
150: Opened around 1926 by
Viennese choreographer Albertina Rasch and
originally catering to former members
of the Russian Imperial Ballet, this
restaurant (which has closed and reopened
a couple of times in recent years) became in
the 1950s one of New York's most storied show-business
hangouts, with guests like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner,
George Ballanchine, Sam Cohn and Rudolf Nureyev treating
it as their clubhouse and office.
In the 1980s
it became one of Manhattan's power rooms, with
the likes of Warren Buffet, Joan Rivers and
Helen Gurley Brown helping to consume more than
a ton of caviar a year. Madonna was fired from
her job here as a coat check girl for inappropriate
attire. The joint's pre-revolutionary decor can be
seen in films like Tootsie, Manhattan,
The Turning Point and Unfaithfully Yours.
146: This 1987 glass sliver was designed
by developer Harry Macklowe; it's been home
to director Martin Scorsese. Jeff Bridges
lives here in The Fisher King.
140: Kate's Paperie was the original
Planet Hollywood, which opened here in 1991,
backed by Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis,
Demi Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and
displaying movie memorabilia like Judy Garland's
dress from The Wizard of Oz and
James Dean's motorcycle. It subsequently moved
to Times Square. The building, like 130
to its east, went up in 1908 as a studio cooperative,
both designed by Pollard & Steinam.
130: This twin to 140 has been
home to artist
Childe Hassam (from 1908-1935), writers
William Dean Howells and Joseph Heller, actor José Ferrer
and musician John Oates.
Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones rented space
here, and Woody Allen's production company
had its offices here from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The lobby features memorabilia from the many
Arche shoes is on the ground floor.
120: This building was the
Hotel St. Hubert, where novelist
William Dean Howells
lived from 1910 until his death here on May 11,
Now it's home to the
Jewish Board of Family and Children's
Service, which traces its roots back to
United Hebrew Charities, founded in 1874.
Cleo & Patek purses, Daniele B.
jewelry are on the ground floor.
118: A high-end hotel that went up in
1981. Norma's is the house restaurant.
Built on the site of the
Great Northern Hotel, home to Isadora Duncan
(1922-23) and William Saroyan (1935).
110: Directors Guild of America
104: This Art Deco building went up in 1938 as one of Horn
& Hardart's Automats (Ralph B. Bencker,
architect). Now Shelly's New York.
21-story grey-brick apartment building that went
up in 1962--named for Carnegie Hall, a longish block
Alexandra Danilova lived here.