West 57th Street

As the building boom of the early 2000s skidded into the quagmire of the Great Recession, I took a walk down West 57th Street in Manhattan on a dreary January day to survey the changes. The street was a transitional zone from both directions. To the north sat the residential Upper West Side and to the south the office buildings midtown. On the west were remnants of the industrial dock feel of earlier eras (with pockets of gentrification) with a transition to the firmly white-collar Midtown.

12th - 11th Avenues

West 57th @ 12th Avenue street sign
1/22/2008 11:18 AM
West 57th @ 12th Avenue street sign
Looking east down 57th St from 12th Ave
2/14/2008 01:39 PM
Looking east down 57th St from 12th Ave
Looking east down 57th Street from 12th Ave
1/22/2008 11:18 AM
Looking east down 57th Street from 12th Ave
800 Joe DiMaggio Hwy
2/14/2008 01:37 PM
800 Joe DiMaggio Hwy
Artcraft Strauss, 830 Joe DiMaggio Hwy (ca 1925)
1/22/2008 11:19 AM
Artcraft Strauss, 830 Joe DiMaggio Hwy (ca 1925)
830 Joe DiMaggio Hwy
2/14/2008 01:38 PM
830 Joe DiMaggio Hwy
South side of IRT Generating Plant (1904)
1/22/2008 11:19 AM
South side of IRT Generating Plant (1904)
Looking east down 57th Street from 12th Ave
1/22/2008 11:19 AM
Looking east down 57th Street from 12th Ave
622 W 57th St (ca. 1908)
1/22/2008 11:20 AM
622 W 57th St (ca. 1908)
Infiniti of Manhattan: 608 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:21 AM
Infiniti of Manhattan: 608 West 57th St
Vacant lot - north side of 57th btw 11th and 12th Aves
1/22/2008 11:21 AM
Vacant lot - north side of 57th btw 11th and 12th Aves
The Helena - 601 West 57th Street (2003)
1/22/2008 11:22 AM
The Helena - 601 West 57th Street (2003)
The Helena
1/22/2008 11:24 AM
The Helena
The Helena
1/22/2008 11:25 AM
The Helena
SW corner, 57th St at 11th Ave
1/22/2008 11:23 AM
SW corner, 57th St at 11th Ave

11th - 10th Avenues

CBS Studios, 530 West 57th St - former Sheffield Dairy
1/22/2008 11:23 AM
CBS Studios, 530 West 57th St - former Sheffield Dairy
CBS entrance
1/22/2008 11:26 AM
CBS entrance
BMW of Manhattan, 555 West 57th St (1971)
1/22/2008 11:24 AM
BMW of Manhattan, 555 West 57th St (1971)
Looking east down 57th St from 11th Ave
1/22/2008 11:24 AM
Looking east down 57th St from 11th Ave
555 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:25 AM
555 West 57th St
500 - 521 West 57th St - north side of street
1/22/2008 11:27 AM
500 - 521 West 57th St - north side of street
Looking west down 57th St toward 10th Ave
1/22/2008 11:27 AM
Looking west down 57th St toward 10th Ave
CBS - 524 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:28 AM
CBS - 524 West 57th St
514 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:28 AM
514 West 57th St
CBS entrance - 514 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:27 AM
CBS entrance - 514 West 57th St
500 - 508 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:28 AM
500 - 508 West 57th St
Jake's Saloon - NW corner 57th St at 10th Ave
1/22/2008 11:29 AM
Jake's Saloon - NW corner 57th St at 10th Ave

10th - 9th Avenues

SE corner 57th St at 10th Ave
1/22/2008 11:29 AM
SE corner 57th St at 10th Ave
The Aurora, 475 West 57th St (1986)
1/22/2008 11:30 AM
The Aurora, 475 West 57th St (1986)
475 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:29 AM
475 West 57th St
Addison Hall - 457 West 57th St (1929)
1/22/2008 11:30 AM
Addison Hall - 457 West 57th St (1929)
Holiday Inn 440 West 57th St (1964)
1/22/2008 11:30 AM
Holiday Inn 440 West 57th St (1964)
Residual early 20th century walk-ups: 445 - 460 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:31 AM
Residual early 20th century walk-ups: 445 - 460 West 57th St
South side 57th St btw 9th and 10th Ave
1/22/2008 11:31 AM
South side 57th St btw 9th and 10th Ave
North side 57th St btw 9th and 10th Ave
1/22/2008 11:32 AM
North side 57th St btw 9th and 10th Ave
Trinity Presbyterian, 422 West 57th St (1885)
1/22/2008 11:32 AM
Trinity Presbyterian, 422 West 57th St (1885)
Catholic Apostolic Church, 417 West 57th St (1910)
1/22/2008 11:33 AM
Catholic Apostolic Church, 417 West 57th St (1910)
NW corner, 57th St at 9th Ave
1/22/2008 11:34 AM
NW corner, 57th St at 9th Ave
The Windemere, 869 9th Ave (1881)
1/22/2008 11:35 AM
The Windemere, 869 9th Ave (1881)

9th - 8th Avenues

NE corner, 57th St at 9th Ave
1/22/2008 11:34 AM
NE corner, 57th St at 9th Ave
Public space, SE corner 57th St at 9th Ave
1/22/2008 11:35 AM
Public space, SE corner 57th St at 9th Ave
Parc Vendome, 340 West 57th St (1932)
1/22/2008 11:36 AM
Parc Vendome, 340 West 57th St (1932)
Parc Vendome
1/22/2008 11:36 AM
Parc Vendome
353 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:36 AM
353 West 57th St
DJ Reynolds, 351 West 57th (ca 1930)
1/22/2008 11:37 AM
DJ Reynolds, 351 West 57th (ca 1930)
The Westmore, 333 West 57th (ca 1940)
1/22/2008 11:37 AM
The Westmore, 333 West 57th (ca 1940)
Sheffield 57th, 322 West 57th
1/22/2008 11:38 AM
Sheffield 57th, 322 West 57th
Sheffield 57th
1/22/2008 11:38 AM
Sheffield 57th
North side of 57th St just west of 8th Ave
1/22/2008 11:40 AM
North side of 57th St just west of 8th Ave
MoonRock Diner, 313 West 57th St (ca 1920)
1/22/2008 11:40 AM
MoonRock Diner, 313 West 57th St (ca 1920)
Central Park Place, 301 West 57th (1987)
1/22/2008 11:39 AM
Central Park Place, 301 West 57th (1987)
301 West 57th
1/22/2008 11:41 AM
301 West 57th
301 West 57th
1/22/2008 11:41 AM
301 West 57th

8th Avenue - Broadway

241 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:42 AM
241 West 57th St
241 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:42 AM
241 West 57th St
241 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:43 AM
241 West 57th St
241 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:43 AM
241 West 57th St
Comp USA closing
2/15/2008 05:53 PM
Comp USA closing
Fisk Building, 250 West 57th (1921)
1/22/2008 11:43 AM
Fisk Building, 250 West 57th (1921)
250 West 57th
1/22/2008 11:42 AM
250 West 57th

Broadway - 7th Avenue

Capezio, 1776 Broadway (1927)
1/22/2008 11:44 AM
Capezio, 1776 Broadway (1927)
Looking south down Broadway from 57th St
1/22/2008 11:44 AM
Looking south down Broadway from 57th St
The Argonaut, 1758 Broadway (1909)
1/22/2008 11:44 AM
The Argonaut, 1758 Broadway (1909)
The Argonaut
1/22/2008 11:45 AM
The Argonaut
225 West 57th St (1909)
1/22/2008 11:46 AM
225 West 57th St (1909)
221 West 57th St (1922)
1/22/2008 11:45 AM
221 West 57th St (1922)
221 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:46 AM
221 West 57th St
221 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:48 AM
221 West 57th St
221 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:48 AM
221 West 57th St
221 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:48 AM
221 West 57th St
221 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:48 AM
221 West 57th St
Old B'way Dance Center sign, 221 West 57th
1/22/2008 11:46 AM
Old B'way Dance Center sign, 221 West 57th
Gilbert Steinberg Bldg, 220 West 57th St (1897)
1/22/2008 11:47 AM
Gilbert Steinberg Bldg, 220 West 57th St (1897)
220 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:48 AM
220 West 57th St
220 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:50 AM
220 West 57th St
Art Students League, 215 West 57th (1875)
1/22/2008 11:46 AM
Art Students League, 215 West 57th (1875)
Art Students League
1/22/2008 11:49 AM
Art Students League
Art Students League
1/22/2008 11:49 AM
Art Students League
200 West 57th (1917)
1/22/2008 11:49 AM
200 West 57th (1917)
The Osborne, 205 West 57th St (1885)
1/22/2008 11:52 AM
The Osborne, 205 West 57th St (1885)
The Osborne
1/22/2008 11:49 AM
The Osborne
Osborne historic plaque
1/22/2008 11:50 AM
Osborne historic plaque

7th - 6th Avenues

Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue (1891)
1/22/2008 11:50 AM
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue (1891)
Carnegie Hall
1/22/2008 11:51 AM
Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
1/22/2008 11:52 AM
Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
1/22/2008 11:53 AM
Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
1/22/2008 11:55 AM
Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall Tower
1/22/2008 11:53 AM
Carnegie Hall Tower
Russian Tea Room, 150 West 57th St (1890)
1/22/2008 11:55 AM
Russian Tea Room, 150 West 57th St (1890)
Russian Tea Room
1/22/2008 11:56 AM
Russian Tea Room
Russian Tea Room
1/29/2008 01:23 AM
Russian Tea Room
North side of 57th St looking east from 7th Ave
1/22/2008 11:52 AM
North side of 57th St looking east from 7th Ave
163 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:55 AM
163 West 57th St
163 West 57th historic plaque
1/22/2008 11:53 AM
163 West 57th historic plaque
Vacant construction site - north side 57th St bwt 6th and 7th Ave
1/22/2008 11:54 AM
Vacant construction site - north side 57th St bwt 6th and 7th Ave
Construction site
1/22/2008 11:54 AM
Construction site
Construction site
1/22/2008 11:54 AM
Construction site
Metropolitan Tower, 146 West 57th St (1986)
1/22/2008 11:55 AM
Metropolitan Tower, 146 West 57th St (1986)
Metropolitan Tower
1/22/2008 11:55 AM
Metropolitan Tower
Metropolitan Tower
1/22/2008 11:56 AM
Metropolitan Tower
North side of West 57th St mid block between 6th and 7th Ave
1/22/2008 11:56 AM
North side of West 57th St mid block between 6th and 7th Ave
Calvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57th St (1930)
1/22/2008 11:57 AM
Calvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57th St (1930)
130 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:59 AM
130 West 57th St
130 West 57th St historic plaque
1/22/2008 11:57 AM
130 West 57th St historic plaque
Le Parker Meridien, 118 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:58 AM
Le Parker Meridien, 118 West 57th St
Directors Guild Theatre, 110 West 57th
1/22/2008 11:58 AM
Directors Guild Theatre, 110 West 57th
Classic cab
1/22/2008 11:58 AM
Classic cab
111 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:59 AM
111 West 57th St
Edwin Elson Building, 120 West 57th St
1/22/2008 11:59 AM
Edwin Elson Building, 120 West 57th St
Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th St (1925)
1/22/2008 12:00 PM
Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th St (1925)
102 West 57th St
1/22/2008 12:00 PM
102 West 57th St
Steinway Hall historic plaque
1/22/2008 12:00 PM
Steinway Hall historic plaque
Looking west down 57th St from 6th Ave
1/22/2008 12:01 PM
Looking west down 57th St from 6th Ave
115 - 117 West 57th St
1/22/2008 12:03 PM
115 - 117 West 57th St
102 West 57th St
1/22/2008 12:01 PM
102 West 57th St
102 West 57th St
4/12/2008 08:55 AM
102 West 57th St
Paderewski historic plaque
1/22/2008 12:02 PM
Paderewski historic plaque
1381 6th Ave (1962)
1/22/2008 12:05 PM
1381 6th Ave (1962)
1381 6th Ave
1/22/2008 12:05 PM
1381 6th Ave
South side of 57th St looking west from 6th Ave
1/22/2008 12:05 PM
South side of 57th St looking west from 6th Ave

6th - 5th Avenues

1400 6th Ave
1/22/2008 12:03 PM
1400 6th Ave
1380 6th Avenue (1963)
1/22/2008 12:04 PM
1380 6th Avenue (1963)
South side of 57th Street looking east from 6th Ave
1/22/2008 12:04 PM
South side of 57th Street looking east from 6th Ave
South side of 57th Street midblock btw 5th and 6th Ave
1/22/2008 12:07 PM
South side of 57th Street midblock btw 5th and 6th Ave
40 West 57th St (1972)
1/22/2008 12:07 PM
40 West 57th St (1972)
40 West 57th St
1/22/2008 12:07 PM
40 West 57th St
Mondial Fine Arts, 37 West 57th St
1/22/2008 12:07 PM
Mondial Fine Arts, 37 West 57th St
29 West 57th St (1924)
1/22/2008 12:08 PM
29 West 57th St (1924)
29 West 57th St
1/22/2008 12:08 PM
29 West 57th St
29 West 57th St
3/30/2008 12:54 PM
29 West 57th St
16 West 57th St
1/22/2008 12:08 PM
16 West 57th St
Crown Building, 730 5th Ave (1921)
1/22/2008 12:09 PM
Crown Building, 730 5th Ave (1921)
3 West 57th (1947?)
1/22/2008 12:10 PM
3 West 57th (1947?)
Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Ave (1927)
1/22/2008 12:10 PM
Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Ave (1927)
Bergdorf Goodman
1/22/2008 12:10 PM
Bergdorf Goodman
Bergdorf Goodman
1/22/2008 12:11 PM
Bergdorf Goodman
Bergdorf Goodman
1/22/2008 12:13 PM
Bergdorf Goodman
Looking west down 57th St from 5th Ave
1/22/2008 12:17 PM
Looking west down 57th St from 5th Ave
Looking west down 57th St from 9 West 57th
3/30/2008 11:07 AM
Looking west down 57th St from 9 West 57th
Fog shrouded towers, West 57th St btw 5th and 6th Ave looking east
5/4/2008 08:55 AM
Fog shrouded towers, West 57th St btw 5th and 6th Ave looking east

5th - Madison Avenues

Tiffany & Co, 727 5th Ave (1940)
1/22/2008 12:11 PM
Tiffany & Co, 727 5th Ave (1940)
727 5th Ave
1/22/2008 12:19 PM
727 5th Ave
Tiffany clock, 727 5th Ave
1/22/2008 12:17 PM
Tiffany clock, 727 5th Ave
737 5th Ave
1/22/2008 12:12 PM
737 5th Ave
North side 57th St btw 5th and Madison Ave
1/22/2008 12:14 PM
North side 57th St btw 5th and Madison Ave
North side 57th St btw 5th and Madison Ave
1/22/2008 12:14 PM
North side 57th St btw 5th and Madison Ave
6 East 57th St
1/22/2008 12:14 PM
6 East 57th St