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The Potter Building

The Potter Building, completed in 1886, is still one of the most outstanding buildings across from City Hall Park. It’s officially a NYC landmark. Orlando Potter, who footed the bill for this office building, was so enamored by the red terracotta façade used by the architects that he started his own terracotta company. Nowadays, the building, like so many other old buildings in Lower Manhattan, is residential. Please follow and like us:

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The Shortest and Most Charming Street

Weehawken Street, located in the westernmost side of Greenwich Village, is one of the shortest and charming one-block streets in Manhattan, but with a long history because of its proximity to Hudson River and its maritime activity. The street is an NYC landmark where one of the very few remaining wooden houses can be found. You’ll need a map to find it, as the West Village does not conform to the grid pattern and makes it into a labyrinth. Hint: go west on Christopher and West Streets. A walk through the West Village is one of the most enjoyable experiences… Read More

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What do you know about New York City?

What do you know about New York City? Whether you’ve read a guidebook or been here before, you’ll learn a lot about why the city is what it’s like nowadays, where it came from and where it’s going if you set 28 minutes apart to watch Timescapes, an excellent documentary shown at The Museum of the City of New York. It is the best introduction to the city you’re about to visit or have visited before. The museum also has permanent or temporary exhibits about this thriving city. It’s located on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. Right across the street,… Read More

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Which Italian caffe made the first cappucino in NYC?

The Caffé Reggio, at 119 Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village, has been around since 1927. It still looks pretty much as it did when it opened and it is a must in that neighborhood – authentically Italian. They claim to have been the first to serve the first cappuccino in New York. It’s original owner, Domenico Parisi, has on display a beautiful espresso machine from 1902. The Ferrara Caffé, dating back to 1892, in Little Italy, claims they were the first ones to make the first cappuccino in New York City. Both caffés serve great cappuccinos and pastries. Try both… Read More