Cast-Iron Architecture in New York

Cast-iron architecture is a purely American invention, and the largest concentration of cast-iron buildings is in SOHO. Practical, easy to maintain, durable, and inexpensive cast-iron buildings started appearing in the 1840s but gained popularity by the 1860s. Cast-iron storefronts were made from pre-fabricated molds and, therefore, were cheaper and faster to produce than the ones…

A Renaissance Lobby in a Jazz Age Hotel

The green roof belonging to The Sherry-Netherland Hotel is visible from across Central Park and Fifth Avenue. But if one walks past it along Fifth Avenue, one could easily miss its entrance. Even though the hotel does not feature a grand entrance, its lobby is one of the most spectacular interior spaces in the city….

Colonial (Georgian and Federal) in New York

The Georgian period runs from 1714 to 1830. The style, named for the reigns of the first four King Georges of England, starts with the year of George I’s accession and persists until the death of the last of the Georges – George IV. It’s characterized by simplicity, symmetrical design, classic proportions, restrained decorative elements,…

The Pierre Hotel Robbery

A dubious accolade, but here it is: the largest, most successful hotel robbery in history took place in New York City in the venerable Pierre Hotel and was listed as such in the Guinness Book of World Records. The robbers have been burglarizing one New York City hotel after another without ever being caught, but the…