These tenements are always ready for July 4th

The iconic New York City walkup comes in all colors . . . but these are the only two I’ve ever seen that show off the red, white, and blue.


This one is across the street from the Port Authority on 42nd Street. It’s the longtime home of Kaufman Army Navy Store, opened in the 1940s.

Why the American flag colors? A descendant of the store’s founder had the facade painted in 1969 as a “nod to the tradition of patriotism of military surplus stores from the 1950s,” quotes the New York Times in this story about Kaufman’s.


Not to be outdone, this tenement on Avenue B (aka, the “German Broadway”) and East Fourth Street wears its patriotic colors (plus a little gold) proudly.

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4 Responses to “These tenements are always ready for July 4th”

  1. Maya Says:

    Beautiful photography. You capture buildings well.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you–the colors pop!

  3. Kazza Says:

    That building on Avenue B is just gorgeous! And I agree with Maya – your photography is lovely.

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you! I credit the tenements themselves though. There’s something deceptively attractive about them.

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