(l. to r.) 30 and 28 East 14 Street. No. 30 is a five-story originally brownstone building constructed in 1880 by architect W. Jones for W. Jennings Demorest. It was the home and studio of actor Robert De Niro Jr.’s parents, and perhaps the infant De Niro himself. Painter Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro, Sr. were among an almost-unrivaled list of artists who lived here in the mid-20th century. No. 28 is a five-story loft with unusual bay windows built in 1881 for Joseph J. Little, former U.S. Congressman and New York City Board of Education President, by architect William Wheeler Smith. Over the years the building housed noted artists, piano manufacturers, and prominent left-wing and labor groups.

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Photo by Dylan Chandler