The Hotel Astor on Times Square circa 1916. Note roof garden and, at lower right, the elaborate marquee for the film "Civilization."
(George Grantham Bain Collection.) The building, at 1515 Broadway
and West 44th Street, was demolished in 1967 and replaced by, in the words of one architecture critic, a "hideous tall office tower," 1 Astor Plaza
, whose crownlike top is a familiar sight from across the Hudson River in New Jersey. | Click image for Comments.