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

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Miracle on 34th Street – Brookdale Residents Hall

Yeshiva University has a residence hall (dormitory) on 34th Street. This dorm is for female students who share rooms and suites on the 20 floors of the building. Most of the students are freshman and sophomores. The University has dozens of residence halls for its students who combine their studies of science, medicine, law, business, liberal arts, and languages, with religious studies. Yeshiva College was founded originally as a religious seminary in 1896 and has become the most important institution in the United States for training Jewish secular and religious leaders for nearly 90 years. The University now has 5… Read More

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Miracle on 34th Street – 4 Park Avenue – The Vanderbilt Hotel

At the southwest corner of 34th Street and Park Avenue sits a beautiful building under going renovation. The building opened in 1912 as the Vanderbilt Hotel. While the architecture firm of Warren and Wetmore were finishing up Grand Central Terminal for the Vanderbilt family, they were asked to start another project, a grand hotel. The facade was to use traditional English design, but the firm snuck in quite a few flourishes, including terracotta lions and depictions of Bacchus. The inside remained true to the style of Wedgwood and Chippendale traditions. The hotel was said to be fireproof. The 4th day… Read More

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Miracle on 34th Street – Right Light Sculpture

A very life like sculpture of a painter stands on 34th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington outside a small public plaza. The sculpture is called ‘Right Light’ by Seward Johnson. The painter in the sculpture is rendering the scene in front of him. I can only imagine how many people have said “excuse me” after they bumped into him. The artist, John Seward Johnson, started as a painter, but switched to sculpture. He has more than 450 life sized bronze sculptures in collections and in cities throughout the world. His most famous sculpture is “Embracing Peace”, a casting of… Read More

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