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Holdout buildings that survived the bulldozer

I’ve never reblogged Ephemeral New York before, but if you haven’t seen it, you should definitely read this blog! With all the posts I do about New York City geography, this historical/geographical blog about the changing city definitely caught my interest. Holdouts are among the most interesting stories of geography and architecture, and here’s a brief showcase of some of NYC’s more colorful remnants. Great article!


  1. What a great blog, I love those sweet holdouts, so good there was a happy ending for them and the buildings were saved. Sandwiched in between those big buildings they are dwarfed and utterly charming. We fought to save some beautiful old buildings in my neighborhood that were unfortunately a victim of the wrecking ball a la Emminent Domain to make way for an incredibly ugly sports arena and pre fab 33 story towers. Really sad.

  2. So cool! The hold outs add an eclectic and artistic touch to the their neighborhoods.

  3. ephemeralnewyork

    Thank you for the reblog and kind words!

  4. The pictures of these small hold-out houses in the shadows of huge high rises are definitely intriguing. I feel like it’s the architectural equivalent of David and Goliath.

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