Skyline trivia

Cool stuff about NYC buildings.


Arthur Miller wrote the play All My Sons (1947) and Norman Mailer wrote the novel The Naked and the Dead (1948) while living in the same brownstone in Brooklyn Heights: 102 Pierrepont Street between Clinton and Henry Streets.


Koster and Bials Music Hall introduced America to the moving picture on April 23, 1896, when Thomas Edison screened six short films on his Vitascope projector. In 1902, this site became Macy's, the world's (now second) largest department store. 34th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave


John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, and while everybody knows the murder took place in front of Lennon's residence at the Dakota, few remember that the former Beatle's last hours were spent in midtown at legendary recording studio the Record Plant. 321 W 44th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves


Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, avowed Communists, lived with their two sons on the 11th floor of the Knickerbocker Village apartment complex. It was there on June 16, 1950, that Julius was arrested on charges of espionage and conspiracy—accused of shuttling nuclear secrets to the Soviets. Ethel was arrested on the same charges on August 11. They were executed three years later. 10 Monroe St at Catherine Slip


The old Moorish-style Madison Square Garden was designed by famed architect and bon vivant Stanford White. It was there on the night of June 25, 1906, that he was gunned down by wealthy socialite Harry Thaw. The motive? White had ravished Thaw's bride, chorine Evelyn Nesbit. 51 Madison Ave between 26th and 27th Sts


NYC's only Frank Lloyd Wright house is in Staten Island (48 Manor Ct). Components of Prefab No. 1 were built in the Midwest and shipped to Staten Island to be assembled in 1959, the year Wright died.

Sources: Seth Kamil, founder and director of Big Onion Walking Tours; Fran Leadon, coauthor of the AIA Guide to New York City, fifth edition, out in June; The Encyclopedia of New York City.


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