20 Coenties Slip, and why it shouldn’t be there…

20 Coenties Slip / 41 Front St, and why it shouldn’t be there… (for the sim project).

After some long, in-depth and intense research, i’ve realized these two buildings were demolished sometime around 1925 for the expansion of The Seamens Church Institute building.  See that massive building in this photo?  That’s the Seamens Church Institute.  20 Coenties Slip / 41 Front St. are the two buildings directly behind it (center of the photo).

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Now, as i’m fully aware that these buildings were demolished post 1925… i also don’t particularly see a reason the Seamens Church Institute building needs…to take up the entire block.  With this in mind, i’ve decided to incorporate these 2 buildings into the sim project.

A closer, zoomed in view:

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Now, both these photos are taken in 1925, with the description, “The old storefronts and warehouses at 41-53 Front Street (Coenties Slip & Front Street) to be razed for the extension of the Seamen’s Church Institute.”  With that in mind, i will be keeping these stores fronts / warehouse spaces as part of the sim design for the project.

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Another view with the buildings still standing.

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Same view but after the buildings have come down

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The complete expansion now done.  You can easily pick out the addition by the lighter colored bricks on the back of the building.

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71 & 73 Pearl St.

 

71 and 73 Pearl View in 1919

A rare view showing 71 and 73 Pearl Street

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Photo taken, 1891.  New York’s first City Hall building.  The small boy smirking at the fact that this building was both the first house of entertainment and New York’s first City Hall building.

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71 & 73 Pearl Street recreated.  The shop front being the recreation of the old version of the building, with gas lamps along the building side.  The building was cornered off in the front instead of the slight curve it had when it was only 3 stories.

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Nighttime at Coenties Alley.  Don’t mind the cafe chairs, i needed a place to relax after all that work!

Much more to come!  Now that 71 & 73 Pearl Street are completed, work will begin on the other side of the alleyway, from 75 Pearl Street, and up to 1 Hanover Square.  More on this as it’s built!