5. Emery Roth Designed an Art Deco Building in the Grand Concourse

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In 1937, famed architect Emery Roth designed 888 Grand Concourse, an Art Deco-style apartment building. Roth built a number of New York City’s buildings in the ’20s and ’30s, including the El Dorado Apartments and the San Remo. The building is located on the southeast corner of 161st Street, and has obvious characteristics of the Art Deco-architectural style, including a concave entrance vestibule lined with elaborate gold tiles and the lobby with an Art Deco compass pattern on the floor surrounding what was likely once a black and gold fountain.