Spirit of East HarlemSpirit of East Harlem on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 104th Street.

This past weekend, the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) hosted Jane’s Walk weekend with more than 100 free walking tours.  We decided to take the tour given by MAS and East Harlem Preservation, aptly named “Lost and Found Murals of East Harlem – Buildings on Canvas”.

While the East Harlem of the 1930’s was predominantly Italian, after the first World War, East Harlem welcomed a vibrant Latino and Puerto Rican community that brought with them a wealth of culture in their art, food and music.   (more…)

What stands out about the Lafayette Theater Townhouses,  middle-income affordable housing in Central Harlem, is that they, quite frankly, don’t stand out.

Constructed on vacant City-owned properties in the early 2000s, they are infill buildings interspersed among older structures, mostly nineteenth century brownstones and other rowhouses. The project consisted of nine separate groupings, located mostly between W. 134th Street, Lenox Avenue (aka Malcolm X Boulevard), W. 129th Street, and Seventh Avenue (aka Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard). (more…)

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The first of four Netflix original series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Daredevil is the second attempt to bring the character known as “The Man Without Fear” on screen. The plot focuses on the beginnings of two people: Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk. Murdock is a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen, who lost his sight in a childhood accident; Fisk is a businessman who dreams of transforming New York City. The series follows these two rivals as they become what comic readers recognize as Daredevil and The Kingpin.

Much has changed since the 80s'; Frank Miller’s version of Hells Kitchen is much different than the one we know of today. The showrunners decided to keep the story set in a fictional Hell’s Kitchen, and after viewing the series on Netflix, we recognized many of the location used during filming. Here is a list of 10 locations used in Netflix’s Daredevil.


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This month, we’ve been actively covering the wonderful preservation exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York, from a preview of the exhibition, a look at the unique architectural remnants on display, to an interview with the curators. We asked co-curator Andrew Dolkart to share with us five losses and five success stories in the history of landmarking in New York City. Here were his picks:


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The row of seven Victorian townhouses facing the east side of San Francisco’s Alamo Square, variously known as Postcard Row and The Painted Ladies, draws thousands of visitors each year to snap iconic photos, but rather than engaging in hit and run tourism, the area’s other architectural treasures and the park itself are also deserving of a look.

Alamo Square, a City park which lies at the summit of a hill west of downtown San Francisco, provides sweeping views of the beautifully ornate houses of Postcard Row with the City’s skyline in the background.