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    They built New York: Erwin Wolfson

    Shortly before he died, a cancer-ridden Erwin Wolfson inspected the progress of construction on his greatest project by flying over the site of the Pan Am Building in a helicopter. The prolific builder was...

    They built New York: Erwin Wolfson
    Fred French

    They built New York: Fred F. French

    Born into poverty, Fred F. French had to go to work as a young boy, selling newspapers and doing odd jobs to help support his family. Yet he also managed to stay in school,...

    They built New York: Fred F. French
    Alexander Bing Alden 1000 Park thumb

    They built New York: Alexander Bing

    Working with his brother, Leo, Alexander Bing was the business mind behind the firm Bing & Bing, one of New York City’s most prolific developers. Between 1906 and 1921, the pair built more than...

    They built New York: Alexander Bing
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    They built New York: Abraham Lefcourt

    When the famed Brill Building changed hands for nearly $300 million this summer, its role in 20th Century American popular music was duly noted. But few reports mentioned the man who built it, Abraham...

    They built New York: Abraham Lefcourt
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    They built New York: Frank W. Woolworth

    Although he made his money in his once-ubiquitous five-and-dime stores, Woolworth’s biggest stamp on New York was the Downtown tower that bears his name. The skyscraper as we know it was already well established...

    They built New York: Frank W. Woolworth
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    They built New York: Edward Cabot Clark

    In this era of $100 million apartments, it’s hard to imagine that the rich once shunned apartment living. But when Edward Clark started building the Dakota in 1880, the city’s first true luxury apartment...

    They built New York: Edward Cabot Clark
    City gives delayed Staten Island museum lease another chance

    City gives delayed Staten Island museum lease another chance

    The city Economic Development Corporation extended a deadline for the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island to raise $350,000...

    City gives delayed Staten Island museum lease another chance

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