New York City is a brick and mortar ghost town

New York is a haunted city. Everywhere you look are the phantoms and ghosts of old buildings that may have been torn down but never truly disappeared, leaving their faded outlines etched into the cityscape.

Between the time they meet the bulldozer and a replacement building goes up, these ghosts are visible—remnants of older versions of New York and the nameless people who lived and worked there.

The photo at the top, at Fifth Avenue and 46th Street, reveals the outlines of a couple of different buildings. I see a tenement-style structure with three or four floors and two slender chimneys. Then there’s another building with a slope in the front.

On Eighth Avenue in Chelsea (below), two twin Federal–style homes from the early 1800s still stand. A third smaller house is just a faded outline of a pitched roof.

On Fulton Street is the imprint of a squat low-rise and the staircase that countless New Yorkers trudged up and down over the years.

Here’s the remains of a tenement in Flatiron. How many people lived their lives in this little building with the two chimneys?

Another pitched roof, a remnant of an era when they were fashionable (or simply practical). This one is on Broadway and Grand Street.

Against the side of a classic 19th century tenement is a short blocky building, near Penn Station.

On a corner in the far West Village is the outline of a building so long and low, I wonder if it could have been a stable.

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9 Responses to “New York City is a brick and mortar ghost town”

  1. Lady G. Says:

    Those are are haunting and awesome.

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  3. Nancy Anderson Says:

    Love this ghost post, but I wonder if the ghost at 5th Avenue/46 St, of the smaller building, is all that’s left of a large private home, not a tenement, given the history of that area

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Very possible—a former Fifth Avenue mansion from the Gilded Age, no longer in a fashionable location in the 20th century.

  5. Zoé Says:

    Beautiful post Ephemeral

  6. Jennifer Metz Says:

    Hauntingly beautiful post. Your observational skills are admirable!

  7. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you!

  8. David H Lippman Says:

    Great page and greater photos….I’ve seen those myself, and find them eerie. I often wonder who occupied the buildings.

  9. Sabine Sallier Says:

    Love the way you browse streets of NYC ! Never been there for now … Hope to ! Thanks for letting me cross the ocean by sharing your photos !

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