Saturday, April 17, 2010

Micro Neighborhood

Matt read recently about Pomander Walk, a tiny street on the Upper West Side that was modeled after a street in London. We went for a stroll last weekend and found it. A gate would not have deterred me for walking in but this gated community was actually locked. I was however able to snap this photo through the gate:-)

Wikipedia explains more..."Pomander Walk is a micro-neighborhood in the Manhattan section of New York City. The Walk runs between 94th Street and 95th Street, with gates at each end. It is located on the Upper West Side between Broadway (New York) and West End Avenue.

Pomander Walk was built in 1921 by nightclub impresario Thomas J. Healy who planned to build a major hotel on the site. The neighborhood is named for Pomander Walk—a romantic comedy by Louis N. Parker set on a small imaginary street in Georgian London—that opened in New York in 1910. The unusual Tudor Revival architecture of the houses was based on the stage set. The stage set was itself designed to resemble a street in Chiswick, London.

Although designed to look like single-family homes, each house in fact originally contained two small apartments, one upstairs and one on the ground floor. In recent years some of the buildings have been converted to single-family homes.
Pomander Walk was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982."

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