8. 2 Cornelia St, Manhattan, former Varitype Building

This corner structure located between Cornelia Street and Sixth Ave, with its “point” meeting Fourth Street, is the former “Varitype Building.” The Green Village Society for Historic Preservation(GVSHP) said it was constructed in 1907 as commercial business space—its history included a variety of publishing, manufacturing and printing residents—but was converted to residential apartments in 1982.

It was also known as an artist haven, as John Sloan had a studio within the building from 1912 to 1915 and featured it in his painting “The City from Greenwich Village.” An iconic location of Papaya Dog has long been on the ground floor, not to be confused with Papaya King.

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12 thoughts on “14 of NYC’s Triangle Buildings: A Brief History

  1. 1 Wall Street Court, formerly the Beaver Building/Cocoa Exchange. 82-92 Beaver Street. Financial District

    47 Plaza Street West, 47-61 Plaza Street West, Park Slope, Brooklyn

    The Shenandoah, 10 Sheridan Square, West Village

    I *think” I may have seen photos of at least one somewhere in upper Manhattan (Fort George, Hudson Heights, Inwood), but I can’t find any at the moment!

    1. Yes, we were thinking about it! We were worried people were going to say it was not technically triangular with a flat front and back. But we can add it!

    1. umm…There is a photo of the whole building on the top of the article on the same page! The roof is show an alternative, “untapped” view because the roof is off-limits usually. But we’ll switch it up anyway.

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