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This building is one of my favorites in the area formerly known as Ladies' Mile. It was a high-end shopping district in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stretching from 15th to 24th Streets, between Park Avenue South and Sixth Avenue.

The buildings in this area were primarily upscale department stores, where the wives and daughters of the city's elite would do their shopping. That included the wives of presidents, and business and financial mavens.

This particular building housed a store called Arnold, Constable and Company. It was America's oldest department store, operating from 1825 until its closing in 1975. It's facade is a combination of marble, brick, and cast iron, and was built between 1865 and 1872, with a few additional renovations in later years.

Today this area is lined with more affordable retail shops, and many of these beautiful buildings also contain offices and condos.

In the WS is another example, and personal favorite.

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