6. There’s a Lot of Historic Architecture Hiding Behind Billboards

The building at the northeast corner of Broadway and 46th Street is one of those hidden gems that even most New Yorkers were unaware of until recently. It had been covered by grime, billboards, and TGI Fridays signs. But all of that has changed. The façade has been cleaned, the billboards and signs are gone and the building, once the I. Miller shoe store, shines once more.

You can also see four statues representing women in the arts, modeled after clients of I. Miller. Drama is represented by Ethel Barrymore as Ophelia; Musical Comedy is represented by Marilyn Miller as Sunny; Opera is represented by Rosa Ponselle as Leonora; and Motion Pictures are represented by Mary Pickford as Little Lord Fauntleroy.

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  1. I love this website! Thanks for the fun facts and photos. I’ve lived in New York for over 20 years and never knew some of these things. Another fun fact I recently found out was the Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway for automobiles across the United States of America. It ran from Times Sq to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, CA. On the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street street sign remains.

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