A Good Name Is Hard To Find – New York City Apartment House Names In 1904 (A-F)
Demolition and new construction: the old landmarks vanish, new ones takes their place. It’s a practice that has been celebrated and lamented in New York City for more than 200 years..
As New York City accelerates its destruction of past places, it is important to note what was previously there.
The naming of apartment buildings in New York City goes as far back as 1870 when the Stuyvesant Flats, the first modern apartment building in the city was constructed.
Of course many people are familiar with The Dakota, The Beresford and The Osborne: grand apartment buildings with high prices and famous residents.
But in the 19th century, hundreds of relatively nondescript apartment buildings were given names too.
Real estate developers generally did not trademark the names they gave to their building. Therefore you will find multiple Augusta’s, Berkshire’s and Cambridge’s and other not so unique building names.
So why compile this list? If you are reading an old news story, doing genealogical research or are just curious for the exact address of a named apartment building from turn-of the-century New York City here it is. We thought this list would be helpful.
On the handful of addresses I checked on, the building was gone or the name had been removed from the facade. I would estimate fewer than half of these apartment buildings remain standing today and of those that do remain, less than one in ten retain their original name.
Because of the number of buildings involved in this list we will be breaking this up into three separate stories.
This list is only comprised of apartment buildings in Manhattan and the Bronx. It is also almost certainly not a complete inventory, because there were many tenement buildings on the Lower East Side and elsewhere that were given names, but do not show up on these lists.
Apartment – Hotels are denoted by an asterisk.
Below is A – F
Abelard 1887 Seventh ave
Aberdeen 249 W 107th st
Abington 44 E 79th st
Acacia 142 W 103d st
Acadia 1889 Seventh ave
Ackerly 241 W 101st St
Acropolis 519 W 123d st
Adela 228 W 25th st Continue reading