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    Digital ID: 482703. Oldest apartment house in New York City, 142 East 18th Street, Manhattan.. Abbott, Berenice -- Photographer. December 08, 1935

    Notes: Man working on windows of apartment house, five story brick building with dormers in shingled mansard roof. Code: I.A.1.

    Source: Changing New York / Berenice Abbott. (more info)

    Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

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    1. semel17 97 months ago | reply

      This was replaced in the 1960s by 130 East 18th Street Site of First Apartment House in New York City

    2. straatis [deleted] 96 months ago | reply

      What a shame!

    3. Caesar1956 83 months ago | reply

      The Stuyvesant was built in 1869 (Richard Morris Hunt) and was west of Third Avenue.

    4. semel17 83 months ago | reply

      The current oldest apartment in New York is directly behind 130 East 18th Street, at 129 East 17th Street:

    5. JanSand 80 months ago | reply

      I lived in 142 East 18th from 1939 until the 1950's when it was torn down. Each apartment had 7 rooms and 4 working fireplaces where we burned cannel coal in the winter. The owners selected tenants as creative artists. The building was full of writers, painters, sculptors. Both my parents were artists. The Asiatic curator for he Metropolitan Museum lived on the top floor and his relative, the queen of The Netherlands visited when I was there. At one time a scene from the film "The Kiss of Death" where Richard Widmark throws an old lady in a wheel chair down the stairs was shot there. Louise Bourgeois, the sculptor, lived there at the same time I did. There was an old doorman named John who kept an eye on things like bicycles in a room adjoining the entrance. The poet Ann Lauterbach lived there as a child - she was 12 years old when I knew her. Her father, Richard Lauterbach, was an editor for Life magazine and subsequently worked with the newspaper PM. It was a great place.

    6. semel17 80 months ago | reply

      @JanSand, looks like I now live in the same spot you did. Unfortunately, I'm sure we don't have any artists living in 7-room apartments, as the 3-bedrooms go for a couple million dollars. We sill have Pete's Tavern and the brownstones across the street, was it the same when you lived here? Do you have any pictures of this neighborhood from then?

    7. JanSand 80 months ago | reply

      If you want to get in direct contact with me my e-mail is jiisand@gmail.com

    8. Stuyvesant Square Community Alliance 76 months ago | reply

      @JanSand - loved your description on when you lived at 142 East 18th street. I presently live on 18th Street between 1st and 2nd avenue. I was doing some research about Stuyvesant Park for our "Open Air Gallery Event" we are hosting in October. I belong to the Stuyvesant Square Community Alliance where we focus on bringing awareness to the parks and a sense of community. Thank you for sharing. :) Laura

    9. jenna ward 57 months ago | reply

      My mother grew up in that building, her parents were painters...

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