(l. to r.) 55 East 10th Street and 791, 793, and 795 Broadway. The 15-story Gothic Revival building at 55 East 10th Street was designed by Victor Farrar in 1929 as an apartment hotel. Among its notable residents were Dr. Otto Nathan, the sole executor of Albert Einstein’s estate, who was subpoenaed and questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee while residing here. During prohibition, the building’s penthouse served as a speakeasy. No. 795 Broadway is a two-story building likely originally constructed as a four-story Greek Revival rowhouse in 1846-47 for Peter Lorillard Jr. It housed a gallery specializing in photography by gay male artists, including Robert Mapplethorpe, and the influential publishing house Grove Press.

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Photos by Dylan Chandler
(l. to. r.) 55 East 10th Street, 791 and 793 Broadway