History in the making – 2/23

Jack Straw and Condi Rice (as played by the Bowery Boys) sit debating at the U.N. Security Council

We’d like to thank Caroline Jeanjot and Dan Schreiber for giving the two of us a smashing behind the scenes tour of the United Nations building last week. We had an absolutely fantastic time. There are regular tours of the United Nations building — check their site for more info — but we can’t promise they’ll let you sit in those chairs.

The Center for Architecture lists New York’s 10 greatest buildings. [Gothamist]

For many years, New York’s premier sporting venue was the Polo Ground. Wanna see what’s left of it? [City Room]

Ever walk by the New School and wonder what that convex-fronted building at 61 Fifth Avenue was? Jeremiah checks it out. [Vanishing New York]

John Lennon‘s Upper West Side hangout Cafe La Fortuna closes this weekend. [AM New York]

And let’s check in on latest on one of my personal decaying New York landmarks, the Renwick Ruins. Replace it with a chic waterfront eatery! [Roosevelt Islander]

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