David Hess, owner of smallest private property in NYC

David Hess was a landlord who owned The Vorhiss, a 5 story apartment building at Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue in the early 1900s. In 1910, the city was widening Seventh Avenue and putting in the 1 and 9 subway lines and a subway station at that corner. The city used eminent domain to seize the property. Upon examination, the Hess family discovered that the city survey had missed a small corner of the plot and they set up a notice of possession. The plaque is an isosceles triangle, with a 25 1⁄2-inch (65 cm) base and 27 1⁄2-inch (70 cm) legs (sides). The city asked the… Read More

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The Grammy Awards are coming back to NYC

Music’s biggest award show will be returning to NYC for the first time since 2003 It was recently announced that the Grammy Awards will be returning to New York City next January. It will be the first time that the ceremony will take place in New York since 2003. The event is scheduled for January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden. Over the years the Grammys generally rotated back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. That was until 2004 when the award show began a 14 year run at the Staples Center in L.A. Neil Portnow, president of… Read More

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