East Side cross streets carved into corners

Wherever you’ll find old-school brick and brownstone buildings, you’ll also be able to spot some addresses carved into the facade.

I love the fancy numerals on this brick 76th Street tenement. That’s definitely not Helvetica.

Henington Hall, off Avenue B, was a meeting place for political groups and speakers in the first half of the 20th century and today functions as an art studio.

Interestingly, it’s where David Greenglass—who helped send his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair—got married in 1942.

Used to be an elementary school at this corner on 51st Street and First Avenue. At some point it went up for sale and was bought by a developer—who kept the 1892 facade and built a high-rise inside it.

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10 Responses to “East Side cross streets carved into corners”

  1. marinachetner Says:

    such lovely details 🙂

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Yes, there’s something so low-key and lovely about them.

  3. Michele Says:

    Until recently, the Long Island City stop on the E and M line was called 23rd and Ely (it’s now Court Square). Ely Avenue is long gone, but a building on the corner of 23rd Street and 44th Drive is engraved with the old name. It’s the only remaining indicator I’ve found.

  4. The Day | ‘Catwoman’ Robber Convicted - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com Says:

    […] Ephemeral New York has a bit of trivia about Hengington Hall, a former meeting place for political groups on Avenue B that now houses an art studio: “Interestingly, it’s where David Greenglass — who helped send his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair — got married in 1942.” […]

  5. Rachel Gruber (@rachgrub) Says:

    Was York ever called Avenue A? There is a school at York between 78th and 77th where the cornerstone of the building reads “York and Ave A”

  6. wildnewyork Says:

    Yep, here’s a shot of that cornerstone:


    • petey Says:

      there’s also a wall ad on 3rd between 84th and 85th that mentions avenue A. i’ve got pictures of it but must re-take, it’s very faint to see.

  7. Manhattan street names on tenement corners | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] there’s an actual name for these cross streets carved or affixed to the corners of some city buildings, I don’t know what it […]

  8. Amedeo Mantone Says:

    Oh my……my brother had a “foot-ball” wedding in Henington Hall.
    We lived at 190 E 2nd St

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