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Recalling Cecilia Benattar, the “toughest woman in real estate”

 The fourth episode of “People Who Made New York City revisits the legacy of Cecilia Benattar. She developed the...

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Harry Black: The developer behind the Flatiron, the Plaza Hotel and One Times Square

In this episode of “People that built New York City,” we travel back to the beginning of the 20th...

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1903: NYSE reopens in new Broad Street building The New York Stock Exchange officially opened its doors for business 116 years ago this month, the New York Times reported. To celebrate, 2,000 people assembled...

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1916: Chelsea’s housing market catches industrial windfall With local industry booming, developers were “hastening” to build up Chelsea’s housing stock, the New York Times reported 103 years ago this month. While the area had been...

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1900: Plans filed for NYC’s then-largest office building The Alliance Realty Company assumed the title deed for two plots in the Financial District, the New York Times reported 119 years ago this month. The deal...

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1908: New Mutual Alliance building brings high finance to the LES The Mutual Alliance Trust Company’s third office building officially opened for business in the Lower East Side 111 years ago this month, the New...

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1887: Health department clamps down on speculative tenement market The New York City Health Department spearheaded a crackdown on speculative real estate investors 131 years ago this month. Health commissioner James Bayles launched the initiative...

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1908: Shareholders look to sell Madison Square Garden Everyone has limits, and the owners of the Madison Square Garden Company drew the line at “twenty years pro bono publico, without one cent of return,” as...

This month in real estate history: Opening night of the Met, Mercantile Building auctioned for $750K + more.

1883: Opening night at the Met Opera marks victory for nouveaux riches The Metropolitan Opera House opened in its first location, on Broadway and 39th...

This month in RE history: Natural History Museum expansion, development takes off in Montauk & more

1888: Foundation laid for Natural History Museum enlargement The excavation for the American Museum of Natural History’s expansion was completed 130 years ago this month,...

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