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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Netherland and Savoy: 1905

Netherland and Savoy: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Hotels Netherland and Savoy, Fifth Avenue and East 58th." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Sherry Flambe

I was a bellman at the Sherry Netherland (which is across 59th Street from the GM building) in the mid/late 1980s. There's a great photo of the tower on fire during its construction in 1927.

Strumpp Florists

(on the far right) according to the New York Times of March 10, 1922, signed a 10-year lease for $30,000 a year. A fraction of one month's rent in 2011.

58th Street Once More

The Hotel Savoy Plaza has been replaced by the General Motors Building where, in a post last week, I described the 5 year old Apple Store occupying the basement, now a local Landmark. The Savoy, architecturally, was much more impressive than the GM structure. To make matters worse it was once owned by Donald Trump.

On The Street

Interesting. Just saw the documentary "BillCunninghamNewYork" last weekend--much of the background action centers around this very street, block and area. Today's Park Savoy lists its address as 158 W 58th, the Sherry Netherland as 781 5th Ave.

 
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