Radio Row. Image via Ham Gallery.
Before the internet and before television, there was radio broadcasting. The advent of radio at the turn of the 20th century had major repercussions on the reporting of wars along with its impact on popular culture, so it’s not surprising that a business district emerged surrounding the sale and repair of radios in New York City. From 1921 to 1966, a roughly 13-block stretch going north-south from Barclay Street to Liberty Street, and east-west from Church Street to West Street, was a thriving small business stronghold known as Radio Row.
Hunts Point Landing, image via Urban Engineers
Far from the hordes of people that crowd New York’s more popular beaches are a host of lesser known parks offering waterfront access and panoramic views. The city published a map of all of New York’s public waterfront space, but we’ve picked out some of the most interesting from each of the five boroughs. Check them out before the summer weather disappears for good.
Tomorrow, September 5th marks what would have been the 104th Birthday of the original Pennsylvania Station by designed by architects McKim, Mead & White. For the occasion, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite vintage photographs of the train station, ranging from the architecture to the fashionable commuters to the sad demolition which sparked the creation of a landmarks commission. While we lament the loss of the stately station, its demise has assured the survival of many other wonderful buildings in New York City, including Grand Central Terminal. With the recent news that Penn Station will get an upgrade of tenants, which is a step forward, we’re still hoping for a transformation into a world-class train station.
Photo of Baxter the 5Pointz Graffiti Cat by Rachel Fawn Alban
New York’s bohemian culture has always copped its fashion cues from the ample amount of thrift stores this city has to offer. But as time has gone on and rents dramatically increased, many thrift stores have transformed into “vintage shops,” where items of used clothing are handpicked and sold for high fashion prices. We love them too, as evidenced by our list of 25 Favorite Vintage Stores in NYC, but here is our list of New York City’s great “legitimate” thrift stores which will help you stay ahead of the curve and look good for way less. Happy shopping!
Image via Yelp
Located on 771 Metropolitan Avenue, this Greenpoint thrift shop has a great selection of nearly everything. Notable among its collection is a huge amount of army apparel, which includes coats, jackets, and button downs of all sorts. Besides, where else in Brooklyn could you find a leather jacket for $20?
Yesterday, we covered 10 buildings that refused to be demolished in the face of development. These spunky buildings (and the people who lived in or owned them, of course), make for some of the best New York City stories. Sometimes however, whole neighborhoods get lost in New York. Many have made way for some of New York City’s most famous neighborhoods, but today we’re highlighting some of the stories and people who once traversed the streets daily.
Radio Row, which became the World Trade Center. Image via ArchRecord.