3. 28 East 14th Street

Cast iron architecture at 28 East 14th Street
Courtesy of Village Preservation

Known as the Joseph J. Little Building, this slim cast iron structure designed by William Wheeler Smith was constructed in 1881. The building is exemplary of many innovative techniques that Smith employed in his designs such as the cast iron construction and the bay windows that are angled in and flush with the building line.

The large, north-facing bay windows overlook Union Square and let in tons of sunlight. The windows made the building appealing to artists like William Michael Harnett, painter of photorealistic After the Hunt (1885), who lived there from 1886-1889. The building also has ties to the piano manufacturing industry and the Communist Party!