Category Archives: New York City

Our Lady of Victory Church, Financial District, NYC

This church among the canyons of Lower Manhattan is a staid affair. The red brick, limestone trim, symmetrical front facade, and classical statuary make the building feel older than its actual construction date of 1944-1947. Only the flatness of some … Continue reading

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Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Chinatown, NYC

Another one from the exhibition, Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968, at the Museum of Chinese in America. Definitely worth seeing  and it’s just been extended through March 2016. In the show, Curator Kerri Culhane examines the … Continue reading

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Wong Family Association, Chinatown, NYC

Currently at the Museum of Chinese in Americas is an interesting exhibition that showcases the work of a little known architect, who designed in both NYC and China, Poy Gum Lee. Lee married traditionalist elements with modern building techniques to … Continue reading

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Jewish Center of Hyde Park, Brooklyn, NYC

This modest building is nowhere near Hyde Park, New York and it’s totally unclear where the name came from, although there are various stories. Instead of Hyde Park, it’s on a quiet residential block of East Flatbush.  The main building … Continue reading

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Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NYC

The Salem Missionary Baptist Church is a popular venue on Sundays with people coming and going and numerous ushers waiting to greeting you at the entrance. The congregation takes wonderful care of the mid-century structure. What is even more interesting … Continue reading

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Glenwood Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NYC

The Glenwood Jewish Center exists in a neighborhood largely devoid of a Jewish population today. The original building from 1953 is an extremely plain, utilitarian design of brick and today houses a church. The neighboring addition however is both striking … Continue reading

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189 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NYC

Soon to be demolished, 169 Montague Street is a through-block, nine-story commercial building. Walking down the Pierrepont Street side, passerby can see the original facade from the turn of the century which dates this building as one of the older … Continue reading

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Saint Athanasius School, Bronx, NYC

One of many mid-century Catholic schools in the Bronx, St. Anthansius stands out due to its connection with a former mayor of New York City. Mayor Robert Wagner laid the cornerstone of the school himself on September 26, 1965. Wagner had … Continue reading

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Mundane Mondays: St. Charles R. C. Church, Staten Island, NYC

Another Mundane Monday entry from Gabriella A. This is St. Charles Church on Staten Island. The parish was founded in 1960 and this church in 1973. There is also a school and convent from the mid 60s on site. The … Continue reading

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FDNY Engine 209, Brooklyn, NY

This former fire house (now owned by a private company) was built in 1965 and designed by Pedersen & Tilney. The firm was active from 1952-64 and based in New Haven, CT. They have a substantial body of work there including housing, … Continue reading

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