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Murray Hill/Kips Bay, NYC | by Jeffrey
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Murray Hill/Kips Bay, NYC

East 33rd Street, looking west toward Park Avenue and beyond. The angled brown skyscraper in mid-foreground is Three Park Avenue, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in the 1970s. Background is of course the Empire State Building, designed by that same firm erected in 1931. In-between is Warren & Wetmore's elegant 4 Park Avenue apartment building.


“From its 1913 completion until it was converted to apartments in 1965, these three grey towers were the Vanderbilt Hotel, one of the city’s most fashionable in the early 20th Century. Singer Enrico Caruso lived here in 1920 and 1921, his last U.S. home. Underneath this building is Vanderbilt Station, a restaurant that used to be the Della Robbia Bar, aka The Crypt. The vaulted Gaustavino ceiling is the big claim to fame.” –

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Taken on June 17, 2006