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By fanny montalvo | Broker in New York, NY



(Moe Albanese's Oldest REAL Butcher shop in NYC- Spring Street)

It's no secret... I LOVE NYC!!!! 
The sedulousness, the buzz, bright lights and busy-ness! But, above all else, I love it's history...The ability to walk in a neighborhood like Spring Street, where the busy buzz is still nestled within the quiet humble beginnings of times long ago. Each time, I look up at a window, I imagine the view of all that it has seen from stick ball to jump rope playng, to the now shoppers on their way to even the upscale new Tiffany's store located nearby...

For those who visit NYC, vacation in NYC, and even live in NYC,  many know little of what places were, or how, where and why they originated; the rich history of past  still found in present day NYC! From the tip to the top of this grand 'island', one could virtually spend months engrossed in the 'what was' of , and in NYC!

Our neighborhoods are a
NYC historian's dream!


(Above: Pizza of PAST at Lombardi's shared TODAY amongst a 'great team' of friends!)


(That's North of Little Italy to us)

Of course, NYC was the birth place of the FIRST PIZZERIA IN AMERICA! In 1897, an Italian immigrant reinvented a Napoletana staple food into one of the world's most eaten foods. The first pizzeria in America was founded in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi in Little Italy, Manhattan, and the large, wide pizzas made in the city would become known as the New York-style.
As an immigrant from Naples and pizzaiolo, he opened a grocery store in 1897 which was later established as the first pizzeria in America in 1905 with
New York's issuance of the mercantile license. An employee of his, Antonio Totonno Pero, began making pizza for the store to sell that same year. The price for a pizza was five cents, but, since many people could not afford the cost of a whole pie, they would instead say how much they could pay, and they were given a slice corresponding to the amount offered. Over 100 years, it is still coveted as one of the Best Pizzeria's in the United States.

In praise of...Circa 1809 - The recent elevation of New York as an episcopal see with its own bishop inspired the increasing Catholic population to build the original Cathedral of New York under the name of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick. The site chosen belonged to the corporation of Saint Peter’s Church and was located on Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan. The cornerstone was laid in June 1809. 

What is today,
St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, framed by Prince, Mott and Mulberry Streets, was built between 1809 and 1815, and served as the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York until 1879, when St. Patrick’s Cathedral took over. It is today, the first to be officially elevated as the New York Archdiocese’s first basilica.



(Above: After the pizza,  'DISPENSE' the rice pudding this way, please!)
Nestled between the burgeoning art galleries and chic boutiques of NoLita is a rice-shaped glass entryway that leads into an atypical dessert mecca - 'Rice to Riches' today... From coal to court of Yesterday's Dispensary...Respite from the all-too-popular frozen yogurt shops and cupcake carts lining the streets of Manhattan, lies a jewel specializes in selling rice pudding and rice pudding only. Unlike the rice puddings often found in diners or prepackaged at supermarkets that lack in taste, texture, and even rice, Rice to Riches uses firm sushi rice as well as quality flavorings and ingredients. Located on Spring Street, Rice to Riches offers its customers 21 gluten-free flavors of this delectable dessert, with catchy names like Fluent in French Toast, Almond Shmalmond, The Edge of Rum Raisin,Take Me to Tiramisu, and the ever crazily named, Sex, Drugs, and Rocky Road- which is a surprisingly delectable clash of contrasting textures, consisting of a creamy chocolate rice pudding and crunchy crushed peanuts. The tantalizing flavor of the chocolate transports you to a gourmet chocolate shop in Belgium without allowing you to forget the other, equally enchanting components of the rice pudding. .

Today, the ambience of the shop is rather garish with bright lights lining the rice pudding bar and three LED screens hovering above customers with pictures of people joyfully eating their rice pudding. Illuminated signs line the inside and outside of the shop with phrases like “Eat All You Want… You’re Already Fat,” “Sleep ‘til you’re hungry. Eat ‘til you’re sleepy,” and “If Loving Rice Pudding is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right.”
But in it's YESTERDAY, it was, as detailed in The  New York Times Real Estate section of Titantic's circa 1912, the new street location of New York City's Dispensary.

What WAS the NY Dispensary on Spring Street

A place to stay...

The corner of Spring Street and Broadway was the location of the St. Nicholas Hotel, a six-story, marble-faced, 600-room luxury establishment that was designed by either J. B. Snook or Griffith Thomas,[and was completed in 1853. It was equipped with the newest technological conveniences, such as central heating, hot running water, and a telegraph office in the lobby. The interior of the hotel featured frescoes on the ceiling, gas light chandeliers and walnut wainscotting. The opulence of the hotel was such that one visitor described a stay there as: "like an introduction to the palace of some Eastern prince." The building took up the full block between Spring and Broome Streets; only two small segments survive.


This HAS to be the most awesome Duanne Reade EVER! The East River Savings Bank Building (now known as "The Spring"), 60 Spring Street, was built in 1927 and was designed by notable architect 
Cass Gilbert in theBeaux-Arts style. It was converted into a condominium apartment building in 2003.

240 Centre Street, formerly the New York City Police Headquarters building, between Broome and Grand Streets in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1905-1909, and was designed by the firm of Hoppin & Koen. It housed the headquarters of the New York City Police Department from 1909 to 1973, and was converted into luxury condominiums in 1988 by the firm of Ehrenkranz Group & Eckstut. It is now known as the Police Building Apartments.The building at 240 Centre Street replaced an older building nearby on Mulberry Street, where Theodore Roosevelt had served as New York City Police Commissioner.[ Following the consolidation of the cities of New York (Manhattan) and Brooklyn, the counties of Queens and Richmond (Staten Island), and a part of Westchester County which was appended to The Bronx, into the city of "Greater New York" in 1898, the police department underwent expansion and needed a new headquarters building.

The Police Building was designated a New York City landmark in 1978, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Police Headquarters of Yesterday, Above and Below Today...

(Above- Police Headquarters Gymnasium converted into SPECTACULAR apartment)


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By Trevor Curran,  Fri Jul 26 2013, 10:35
AWESOME post Fanny! Thank you for sharing!

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
By fanny montalvo,  Fri Jul 26 2013, 10:39
Awe, thank you, so very much, Trevor!

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