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Midtown’s Vanishing Historic Architecture

The Rizzoli bookstore on West 57th Street. An automobile showroom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on Park Avenue. And the Bancroft Building, a 19th-century red-and-white-striped limestone office building on West 29th Street. All three of these structures were gutted or leveled within the past two years, despite attempts to preserve them.

None of these sites were designated New York landmarks, but for many people, they were nevertheless among the treasures that define the city’s neighborhoods — the mix of terra cotta and stone amid the glass and steel that makes the city unique.

Nowhere is this loss of historic architecture felt more acutely than in Midtown Manhattan, where billions of dollars are driving development in an area with virtually no vacant land left. From Hudson Yards to the rising Billionaires’ Row along 57th Street to the hotels going up north of Madison Square Park, construction is seemingly everywhere in Midtown. Read more on [NYTIMES] or

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