VR World
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Miracle on 34th Street – VR World

On 34th Street, steps from the Empire State Building, sits VR World — an immersive experience in which users are “teleported” into a 3D World.  The users wear VR gear, usually a headset that covers the eyes and ears and have “experiences” that wouldn’t be available to them from where they are. The experiences include music, sports, adventure and art. One of the fastest growing VR games is Beat Saber. You slash through boxes to the beat of the music playing. You can find hundreds of videos of people playing this on youTube. Some of them are really really good.… Read More

365 5th Avenue
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Miracle on 34th Street – 365 Fifth Avenue

The building on the Northeast corner of 34th and Fifth Avenue is one of my favorites in the area. It has the most beautiful accents over the doors, like fragile turtle shells leading to a world I long to be in: The CUNY Graduate Center, most specifically, the Gotham Center. You can get an advanced degree in NYC history there. How cool is that? But the building has been more than that. In 1906, the B. Altman Department store opened its Flagship store in this building. The company had been around since 1865. The first store opened on the Lower… Read More

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Miracle on 34th Street – DeVry College

There are 110 colleges and universities in New York City and many are near midtown Manhattan. DeVry College is on 34th Street and Madison Avenue. The midtown location offers undergraduate and graduate classes in business, technology and health care. The college was started by Dr. Herman DeVry, the inventor of the first portable motion picture projector, in 1931. He believed that visual learning would not only advance education, but change the world. The 24 story building was built in 1927. The building, formerly known as the “The Lingerie Building” was historically the premier building for lingerie tenants in New York… Read More

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Miracle on 34th Street – Madison Belmont Building

The Madison Belmont Building was built in 1924 on the corner of Madison and 34th Street. It was designed by the architects Warren and Wetmore, designers of the New York Yacht Club, Grand Central Terminal, New York Central Building (aka Helmsley Building), Steinway Hall, Aeolian, and Heckscher Building (aka Crown Building). They also designed buildings throughout the United States. The Madison Belmont Building was built for the Cheney Brothers Silk Company, the country’s largest silk mill at the time. The Orange-bricked Renaissance Revival style includes many Art Deco elements, and was one of the first buildings in the United States to… Read More