NYC - West Village: Westbeth
Once the Bell Telephone/Western Electric Laboratories, this full-block complex created or helped to develop some of the most important inventions of the 20th Century: the vacuum tube (1912), radar (1919), sound movies (1923) and the digital computer (1937). One of the first demonstrations of television transmission occurred here on April 27, 1927. Westbeth was also the original home of the NBC radio network. The complex was converted to an artists' colony in 1969; photographer Diane Arbus committed suicide here on July 28, 1971. Actor Vin Diesel grew up here.
National Register #05000671 (2005)