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#1 Orik

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 01:15 AM

421 East 6th St. in New York - our guess was a factory for making extra long (as in 100 ft.) noodles.

NY Songlines says:

421: I don't know what this is, but it looks like a laboratory for building a giant robot.
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#2 StephenT

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 08:09 AM

Is the top entry on this page any help?

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 12:01 PM

Is the top entry on this page any help?

Been there, unfortunately they have a typo - the Abigail Adams Smith Museum
is on 421 East 61st Street.
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#4 jinmyo

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 01:08 PM

Wow. That Songlines site is veddy veddy cool. I'd never seen it before.
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Posted 18 April 2004 - 04:33 PM

The building has been owned by Walter De Maria., since 1980, according to the City Register. It is possible, but not likely, that this is a different Walter De Maria. The on-line info on date of construction is inconclusive. If the hard copies of the historic Dept. of Buildings records are at the Municipal Archives (and they should be, for a building in that location) I'll look it up and let you know what I found. The New Building application states the use of a building and the alteration permits, as well as any Certificates of Occupancy would also shed some light on early uses.

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 09:16 PM

Thank you Lippy :)

I'll try and take a picture, although De Maria is quite likely to be using it for making long noodles or giant robots.

jinmyo -- it is veddy cool. Honorary aborigine Jim Naureckas who maintains it is very quick and elegant in applying updates (I just sent him a couple this morning, after looking for the building in question and they are already online)
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Posted 18 April 2004 - 09:48 PM

If you think of his most famous piece, it's not that much of a stretch.

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 02:23 PM

Wow. That Songlines site is veddy veddy cool. I'd never seen it before.

Very good but impossible to navigate.
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Posted 22 April 2004 - 07:55 PM

a picture:

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#10 g.johnson

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 08:04 PM

Another odd building near where I grew up in Suffolk -- the euphoneously name Tattingstone Wonder.

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What's so odd? It's not a church (see the chimney). An 18th century squire didn't want any peasant hovels polluting his view so he put up half a church to obscure them. The other side of the "church" is absent.
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#11 Lippy

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 08:10 PM

Orik, I'm going to look at the folder at the Municipal Archives tomorrow (assuming they have it, which they should, but you never know) and if there is a New Building application in it (which there should be, but you never know) it will state the original purpose of the building.

#12 Orik

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:51 AM

Thanks Lippy, but please don't do it if it's any bother. This is, after all, just another noodle and robot factory on 6th St. :D
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 02:39 PM

Many old-time fire stations had towers which were used for a dual purpose. One, to serve as a watchtower. Two, to hang soaked canvas hoses for drying after use.

Pehaps this was a fire house? Note the very wide first level entryway
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:44 PM

that makes sense. Wet hoses are not unlike long noodles.
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:47 PM

I walked past this morning. Very mysterious. No signs of activity.
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