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Today's Featured Building: New York Plaza

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The US Army Building
Anti war demonstration 1969

Once known as 39 Whitehall Street, The New York Plaza began its life in 1886 as the US Army Building stretching almost a square block bounded by Whitehall, Pearl, Water and Moore Streets and was designed by Stephen D. Hatch. It measured eight stories tall and was fashioned from red granite, brick, and sandstone. It served as a recruiting station as well as housed medical, engineering, and payroll offices.

During the Vietnam War it became a site for anti-war protests. Among the protesters to be arrested in 1967 were Dr. Benjamin Spock, known for his pediatric books and poet, Allen Ginsberg with 262 others. The fortress of a building survived the terrorist bombings of 1968 and 1969 but closed in 1972. The building was made famous in the song, Alice's Restaurant in 1967 by Arlo Guthrie.[1]

It was purchased in 1978 by Fraydun Manocherian who planned to encase the 1887 facade with a glass skin, extend the building to 17 stories and include a health club on the lower floors with offices above. In 1983 the Landmarks Preservation Commission began proceedings to halt the project, but retracted them as construction had already begun rendering the building beyond recognition.

It was then known as 3 New York Plaza. The surrounding area also shares a rich history. Within walking distance is the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, Frauces Tavern Museum and the Vietnam War Memorial. Seton, a convert to Catholicism was the first American to be canonized. Her three miracles were curing incurable diseases; cancer, leukemia, and encephalitis. The Frauces Tavern Museum was built in 1719 and serves to educate the public about New York's relationship to the Revolutionary War.


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Region Buildings Housing Units
New York City, NY 625 103,068
Los Angeles, CA 77 10,247
Vancouver, BC 223 39,498
Chicago, IL 51 14,683


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