Photo 1: The San Remo apartment building -- on Central Park West and overlooking Central Park -- was the city’s “first twin-towered building” and designed from 1929-1930 by Emery Roth,
a Hungarian born architect. Roth also
designed other city apartments and hotels. During his early career in America, Roth met the famous
architect, Richard M. Hunt, and
worked with his firm. Roth’s other NYC
designs include the Ritz Hotel (the
city’s first residential skyscraper) and the Beresford apartment building. Famous celebrities have and do live here (including TV's fictional Odd Couple characters Oscar and Felix). The San
Remo’s design was influenced by the Italian
Renaissance style and was Roth’s favorite of all his buildings. The San Remo
can often be seen in the background of photographs of one of the lakes in Central Park. This
photo was taken on W. 77th
Street looking east toward Central
Park. Among the celebrities
who have lived there are Dustin Hoffman, Paul Simon and Diane Keaton.
Photo 2: A red-brick building in Chinatown.
3: This church may resemble a Middle Eastern mosque, but surprisingly,
it's the First Baptist Church (built in 1753) and the oldest Baptist
congregation in New York. Located at the corner of West 79th Street and
Broadway, it is a beautiful structure that fascinates. Unfortunately,
the church is not a NYC landmark and the congregation has recently been
discussing altering the building to make way for additional space.
Photo 4: Our Lady of the Lourdes Church was constructed by putting together pieces
salvaged from three different 19th Century High Victorian
Gothic-styled New York City buildings including the original east end of the old St.
Patrick’s Cathedral on Mott Street, pieces from the National Academy of Design
and the A.T. Stewart mansion (originally on Fifth Avenue and 34thStreet).