Category Archives: New York City

Francis Martin Branch Library, Bronx, NY

 The Francis Martin Branch of the New York Public Library is a surprisingly prominent building, occupying a curved stretch of University Avenue across from Bronx Community College. The building’s design works with the curve, stretching its length with a prominent … Continue reading

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Cruger Avenue Synagogue, Bronx, NY

This synagogue from 1964 sits off Pelham Parkway surrounded by earlier brick apartment buildings and homes. Today it seems largely empty although possibly still in use. There are a number of former or abandoned synagogues in the area as the … Continue reading

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New York State Police Troop NYC, Wards Island, NYC

The headquarters of the New York State Police in New York City is located on Wards Island. The two-story building is uniform in design with a three bay entrance and rows of triple hung windows above blue enamel panels. There … Continue reading

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William James Hall, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NYC

Pictured is William James Hall, a major building at Brooklyn College. Opened in the early 1973 as part of the College’s West Quad renovations the building’s formalist style is recently more visible alongside the adjoining structures. In 2009, Rafael Vinoly’s West … Continue reading

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Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Washington Heights, NYC

This educational building dates from 1960 and is sited on a sloped site at the corner of Bennett Avenue and West 186th Street. Because of the slope the building is elevated a story with recreational facilities for the school on … Continue reading

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Brooklyn District Public Health Office, Brooklyn, NYC

This Health Department building in Bedford-Stuyvesant dates from 1954. It’s a boxy, rambling design in orange brick with a central limestone entrance tower. There is minimal exterior detailing, although there is horizontal brick striping around the window at the upper … Continue reading

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Windsor Terrace Library, Brooklyn, NYC

This one-story library sits at an intersection that must look very different from it did before the library was completed. According to the library’s website, the site was delayed because in the early 1960s, the Gowanus Expressway cut a swath … Continue reading

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