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Streets of Manhattan: Astor Row on West 130st Street between Lenox Ave. and Fifth Ave in Harlem, upper Manhattan

Astor Row is a NYC Landmark and one of my favorite streets in Manhattan.

When William Backhouse Astor died, the houses were divided among his grandchildren: Mary, James, and Sarah Van Alen. Ownership stayed in the Astor family until 1911, when the westernmost 10 of the houses were sold to real estate investor Max Marx, who traded them in part for an apartment building in Washington Heights. The new owners, the Brown Realty Company, defaulted on their mortgage, and the houses passed to the New York Savings Bank.

In 1920, the houses were described by a reporter for the New York Times as “one of the most attractive and exclusive home centers” in Harlem, presenting “a picture of domestic tranquility and comfort which few other blocks in the city possess.”

Mornings (Cullen and Ellana)

The door was barely closed behind him when he heard her chide him.“You’re late!” Cullen gave a halfhearted shrug before unzipping his jacket. It was a chilly November day - colder than he had expected given the stretch of heat waves hitting the city.

Inside Oren’s, the humdrum buzz of similarly sleepy coffee addicts and overly enthusiastic baristas whirred about. Even for his third time in here, he couldn’t quite get used to the stressful, morning vibrancy of a Greenwich village cafe. Yet they had decided on this, especially since it was his first day at work. She figured he could always use some sort of pick-me-up.

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These maps show just how big Central Park really is
Look, we all know that Central Park is a big—how else could it fit those free concerts, two ice skating rinks, a zoo, a large art gallery, a frickin' cast

Central Park in New York City is comprised of 843 acres. It is 2 ½ miles long and ½ mile wide. Central Park initially consisted of 778 acres when it was first opened in 1857. Central Park lies within the Manhattan borough of New York City.

Central Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962. The Park is operated by the Central Park Conservancy and receives an average of 40 million visitors each year. Central Park is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and stays open all year. The vast majority of Central Park has been professionally landscaped, despite appearing natural. Central Park contains seven man-made lakes and ponds.