Many of the posts on Ephemeral New York explore concrete things that used to exist in New York City.
But sometimes, a building or house disappears without a backstory or even an address. It simply leaves behind a faded outline of what once was, and we’re left to wonder.
What kind of little house was this, with two chimneys and a pointed roof, once on Bond Street off Broadway?
In the mid-19th century, Bond Street was super fancy and exclusive. It must have been a lovely home.
This one above, which once flanked a cast-iron beauty, looks like an old walkup, on 23rd Street near Sixth Avenue, once the premier shopping district of Gilded Age New York.
Is this a doll house that was once sandwiched between two handsome midrise buildings on Crosby Street? Maybe a carriage house.
It looks like two or three different ghost buildings outlined against a tenement on West Eighth Street near MacDougal Street. At first I thought those were chimneys . . . but they’re just bricked-in windows.