West 37th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues is a gritty, mostly sunless stretch of Manhattan in the heart of what’s left of the old Garment District.
So what in the world are these two houses that look like they belong in Amsterdam doing sandwiched between tall loft buildings and rickety old walkups?
The top one, at 18 West 37th Street, is actually quite charming—a stepped gabled gem masked by a tacky storefront.
No original Dutch buildings from the 17th century survive in New York. But this 1880s sketch gives an idea of the kind of Amsterdam-like architecture that existed on Wall Street centuries ago.
These two replicas on 37th Street must be leftovers from a faddish 1890s revival of Dutch-style architecture.