29th Street


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East 29th Street is getting too close to mid-town . At least it's midtown east, though.

Not much as far as restaurants or nightlife but there are a few standout things:
There's a church on the corner of 29th Street and 5th Avenue that has a pretty interesting history. Apparently, there was some big stage actor in the late 19th century that was going to have a funeral at a big church on 5th. The pastor recommended "the little church around the corner" in lieu of his because he didn't want something as unsightly as an actor's funeral at his parish. The "little church around the corner" ended up holding funerals for Edwin Booth and O. Henry and has since actually changed it's name to it's former nickname. Also, it used to be a safe haven for African Americans during the Underground Railroad business, so I suppose you could say this church is quite liberal and pretty cool as far as churches go.

Across the street is the Carlton Hotel -- it's nice and old and doesn't get nearly the attention that places like the Waldorf get -- which in my opinion, isn't all that. Across Madison is an interesting building that has a lot of gargoyles all over it. There are mostly a lot of cafe's and buildings that used to be cool things like Danceteria that aren't cool things anymore. But, if you want coffee and you happen to stay at the Carlton, you don't have to look very far or hard.

On 29th Street between 2nd and 3rd is a really cool carriage house that was built at the end of the 18th century. It is one of the very few buildings left in Manhattan from the 1700's so I recommend everyone go and take a look at it before NYU knocks that down too.

Further east of 2nd is getting into creepy Bellevue territory. I talk about the hospital on other posts so I won't be a broken record. I will say that the actual morgue for the hospital is on 29th street proper and I would not want to live within distance of that.