Broadway and 72d Street -- Six photos

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During my recent visit to New York I stayed at the Hotel Beacon on Broadway at 74th Street. I'm attaching some photos from the 72d Street area on the Upper West Side. 72d is one of the wide east-west streets, and there's an express subway stop on the B'way/7th Ave. line (now the 1, 2, 3 trains; formerly the 7th Ave. IRT).

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1. The original 72d Street subway station, dating from the first years of the 20th century. My father (1896-1975) could remember when there were wood-frame houses in this area.
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2. A new subway entrance, in harmony with the original, to accommodate this busy station.
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3. Verdi Square, where Broadway crosses Amsterdam Ave. at 72d.
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4. The NYC mayoral primary campaign was in full swing on 6/19. This is a rally for Democratic candidate Scott Stringer, city comptroller, at B'way and 72d. He is a quintessentially Upper West Side candidate, and he has little chance of being elected. The vote occurred on 6/22, but the winner has not yet been officially declared, due to ranked choice voting. However, Eric Adams is expected to win the Democratic candidacy, and in strongly Democratic NYC, will likely be the next mayor. BREAKING NEWS! The Times is reporting that Adams's apparent lead in the ranked choice voting process has narrowed, and Kathryn Garcia is climbing in second place.

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5. During my visit, buildings taller than 6 stories were in scaffolding, undergoing a quinquennial facade inspection for loose masonry that could topple and kill unsuspecting pedestrians. This is the Ansonia, on B'way between 73rd and 74th, now a condominium, built originally at the beginning of the 20th century as a residential hotel, a historic New York landmark. This was the fictionalized setting for the hapless protagonist's meeting with his smug, distant father in Saul Bellows' novel Seize the Day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ansonia
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6. And down into the subway . . .
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Nice shots, that’s a fancy subway entrance. That part of town brings back many memories, mostly Gray’s Papaya and just up Broadway a bit is Zabars, both were good hangouts living on the upper west side.
 

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My hometown! I love your shots. New York has unlimited photo opportunities, and you got some really good examples showcasing my favorite city. Well done!
 
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During my recent visit to New York I stayed at the Hotel Beacon on Broadway at 74th Street. I'm attaching some photos from the 72d Street area on the Upper West Side. 72d is one of the wide east-west streets, and there's an express subway stop on the B'way/7th Ave. line (now the 1, 2, 3 trains; formerly the 7th Ave. IRT).

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7791348,-73.9815541,19z

1. The original 72d Street subway station, dating from the first years of the 20th century. My father (1896-1975) could remember when there were wood-frame houses in this area.
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2. A new subway entrance, in harmony with the original, to accommodate this busy station.
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3. Verdi Square, where Broadway crosses Amsterdam Ave. at 72d.
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4. The NYC mayoral primary campaign was in full swing on 6/19. This is a rally for Democratic candidate Scott Stringer, city comptroller, at B'way and 72d. He is a quintessentially Upper West Side candidate, and he has little chance of being elected. The vote occurred on 6/22, but the winner has not yet been officially declared, due to ranked choice voting. However, Eric Adams is expected to win the Democratic candidacy, and in strongly Democratic NYC, will likely be the next mayor. BREAKING NEWS! The Times is reporting that Adams's apparent lead in the ranked choice voting process has narrowed, and Kathryn Garcia is climbing in second place.

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5. During my visit, buildings taller than 6 stories were in scaffolding, undergoing a quinquennial facade inspection for loose masonry that could topple and kill unsuspecting pedestrians. This is the Ansonia, on B'way between 73rd and 74th, now a condominium, built originally at the beginning of the 20th century as a residential hotel, a historic New York landmark. This was the fictionalized setting for the hapless protagonist's meeting with his smug, distant father in Saul Bellows' novel Seize the Day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ansonia
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6. And down into the subway . . .
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I would love to see what the condo at the very top looks like with the Victorian style. Cool looking building though.
 

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