From 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue
From 6th to 7th Avenue it's mostly low-priced shopping, local stores rather than chains. But there are a couple of interesting buildings. The Salvation Army has a sizable complex on the south side of the block. Here's the entrance to the Centennial Memorial Temple at 120 West 14th. The whole Art Deco shebang was designed by Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker in 1929.
At 144 West 14th, Brooklyn-based Pratt Institute has its Manhattan outpost in an impressive Roman Revival building dating from 1899.
You can't miss the terra cotta frosting on the southeast corner of Seventh Avenue. The building dates from 1913, designed by Herman Lee Meader. It uses both Art Nouveau and Art Deco vocabulary.
Across the street is an old row, altered often and badly. How much longer will this last?
At the s.e. corner of Seventh Avenue is a Papaya King. I can attest to the fact that the ambiance and quality of the food are identical to the original location at 86th street.
While crossing Seventh Avenue to get to Papaya King, if you look downtown you'll see the former building of the National Maritime Union, now a part of St. Vincent's Medical Center. It's idiosyncratic design, undeniably nautical, although as appropriate for the nursery as it was for a rather radical union, was designed in 1964 by Ledner & Associates. It shouts "1960s."
At the uptown corner, 201 and 203 West 14th, 6-story buildings with mansard roofs that were probably added at the time they became smart. One of them retains its cresting, the lacy ironwork that is supposed to be the crowning glory of the mansard roof, but which has not usually survived.
The building at 203 still sports a stained glass window (in very bad condition, to be sure.)
There is an alterations permit from the buildings department on the doorway, so it may not be here for long.
Across the street, at 200 W. 14th, is a red brick tenement with an odd classical statue on the facade.
On the north side of the block is a residential row from the mid-19th century, with much altered ground floors.
The building at 229 West 14th was Our Lady of Guadelupe, a Spanish-speaking Roman Catholic congregation. The Spanish-looking facade seems to have been applied to the brownstone-front house some time in the past, but what is that dollar sign under the topmost arch? Was this a bank before it became a church? Some research is necessary.
A few doors away is the headquarters of the Spanish Benevolent Society. Clearly this was and still is, a largely Hispanic neighborhood.
At 241 West 14th, between two similar, but not quite as nice buildings is a true historic structure, the Andrew Norwood House. For $10.9 million, you can own the 21-room Greek Revival row house with 13 fireplaces that banker and developer Norwood built in 1845. The house was restored 30 thirty years ago, and it is a designated individual NYC landmark that is also listed on the State and National registers of historic places. This house and the two adjacent ones were the first masonry houses on the block. Regretably, the contents of the house, including neo-classical and Regency furniture fro 1770-1856 were auctioned in June, 2005.
There's another grand house across the street, this one Italianate, attesting that this block was fashionable at one time.
At 249 there's an interesting cornice.
Such is the luster of the "Village" that the owner of this deli has made up his own neighborhood, that exists only in the mind of the owner.