Program Seeks to Place Plaques on Buildings Where Famous New Yorkers Once Lived

By Ben Fractenberg on July 19, 2010 10:45am 

The Historical Landmarks Preservation Center places medallions on buildings where famous New Yorkers once lived.
The Historical Landmarks Preservation Center places medallions on buildings where famous New Yorkers once lived.
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Melissa Stutts

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Did anyone famous grow up in your building?

A city initiative wants to place plaques in front of buildings where notable New Yorkers once lived. The Historical Landmarks Preservation Center, which runs the program, wants New Yorkers to tip them off about historic addresses.

“New York has been at the forefront of highlighting its rich cultural, economic, political and social history,” the group said on its website. “Cultural Medallions are placed on buildings associated with distinguished New Yorkers involved in the arts, sciences, the law, business, education, sports and politics.”

Buildings with former notable residents — like one in the Upper East Side where the Marx Brothers once lived — are eligible to receive an oval terra-cotta medallion placed outside the building.

You can browse the site’s interactive map to find medallions in Manhattan for historic figures such as George Gershwin, e.e. cummings and Harry Houdini.


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