The ghost chimney on an East Midtown building

Phantom buildings abound in New York, especially in the contemporary city, with so many structures that were once neighborhood fixtures getting the heave ho in an era of rampant renovation and reconstruction.

This ghost walkup on East 52nd Street and Third Avenue was probably a 19th century tenement home to several families—perhaps all sharing one slender chimney, its outline very creepily five years after the building was torn down and replaced by a Hilton Garden Inn.

If you look at it long enough, you might actually start envisioning puffs of smoke coming out the top.

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12 Responses to “The ghost chimney on an East Midtown building”

  1. Mykole Mick Dementiuk Says:

    That entire area was cleared in the 1960s to make room for the Citicorp Building, small buildings had to come down. Lexington Ave on the 40th-50th streets was filled with little stores. I saw it all come down while the giant monster went up, and is still rising higher.

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  3. Paul Payton Says:

    So is that pattern due to a wall from the ghost building being incorporated into the new building?

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      My understanding is that it’s an imprint of the building’s wall, leaving a faded outline of where it used to be.

  4. Greg Says:

    “This ghost walkup on East 52nd Street and Third Avenue was probably a 19th century tenement home to several families—perhaps all sharing one slender chimney, its outline very creepily five years after the building was torn down and replaced by a Hilton Garden Inn.”

    That building was torn down much earlier than five years ago. It is gone in 2009 according to Google Street View.

  5. Bob Says:

    See 1940 tax photo of 206 East 52 Street:

    https://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/p13k2v

    • Greg Says:

      Interesting. It doesn’t look like the chimney is flush with the lot edge in that picture.

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      Thanks so much for this! It’s hard to believe how much this little corner has changed, and the chimney isn’t easy to see, but it’s there and it’s wonderful.

  6. Lady G. Says:

    I love it! It would look so cool if they painted it to look like a classic building

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