Happy Thanksgiving America! 🦃
So much fun hanging out with you guys in the parade last year. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia so it was such a unique experience for us and one we'll remember for the rest of our lives. You're a cool country.
El Museo de Victoria’s Secret en NY 💕 es una pequeña exposición con algunos de los modelos que han llevado las famosas Angels en algún desfile... y es GRATIS!!! Link al 🆕 post con toda la info en la BIO 👆👆👆 #voyanyc
“The Wedding Cake of the West Side" - The Ansonia
I’ll give you a little blurb of this fascinating building but I urge you to go read more, it reads like an epic novel.
Here we go:
Strolling along upper Grand Boulevard (which would be renamed Broadway) in 1895, William Earl Dodge Stokes had a vision: he imagined Broadway as a wide fashionable boulevard similar to the Champs-Elysses in Paris. Over the course of the next few years he bought the property on the site of the former New York Orphan Asylum between 73rd and 74th Streets.
Here he planned for a grand French residential hotel. But not just any hotel. This would be the largest, the costliest and the most ornate; and its location at the bend in Broadway would make it visible for blocks.
It would be named The Ansonia. (The name came either from his grandfather, Anson Phelps; or from Phelps' firm The Ansonia Clock Company; or from the town where the factory was located, Ansonia, Connecticut.)
The Parisian Beaux Arts apartment building was used as inspiration, however the Ansonia would be three times the size. Seventeen stories tall with foaming ornamentation, a curved mansard roof with corner turrets topped with enormous copper lanterns, it was hyperbole in steel and stone. Everything was the most or the biggest.
Ground was broken in 1899 and construction lasted five years. The result was a sumptuous pile, its great bulk broken up by the over-the-top ornamentation, balconies, and irregular surfaces. The Ansonia opened for business in 1904. Its tiers of lavish decoration quickly earned its nickname "The Wedding Cake of the Westwide."
—— the rest you should read for yourself - I could have you here for hours. -