A mystery copper-topped building in East Harlem

Feb 05, 2019 388

Second Avenue in East Harlem is a wide stretch of road lined mostly with century-old tenements. Makes sense—most of them date back to when the Second Avenue Elevated opened up northern Manhattan to developers, who built row after row of walkup buildings for New Yorkers desperate to escape the slums of the Lower East Side.

But there’s one building on the southeast corner at 109th Street that’s always come off as more elegant and distinguished along this longtime working class avenue.With its wide arched windows on the third floor, decorative garlands and wreaths, and green copper facade at the top corner, this was a building meant to impress. So what was it? A bank, apparently.

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