6th Avenue & 48th Street (Royal National Bank of New York, National Bank of North America)

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Royal National Bank of New York was founded in 1925, and acquired by Federal Security National Bank in 1972. (Federal Security was later acquired by Chemical Bank which is now JP Morgan Chase).

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National Bank of North America – we’ve encountered this bank before on our journey.

Today the corner has a Gap and a First Republic Bank.

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6th Avenue & 47th Street (Lucien Piccard, Fabrikant Brothers)

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Lucien Piccard and Furman & Myers share a huge clock/sign. Lucien Piccard is a well-known Swiss watchmarker. I don’t know what Furman & Myers is. The time is now 2:30. Note the old Transit Authority logo at the subway entrance in the foreground.

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World International/Fabrikant Brothers. Not sure what World International is. Fabrikant Brothers was started in the Bowery in the 1930s, then moved to this location in the Diamond District in 1960, becoming one of the district’s leading jewelers. Today the business is known as Robert Fabrikant and is located on Fifth Avenue.

On the south side of the corner, the clock is gone and the subway entrance looks different . . .

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. . . while on the north side the location that once housed Fabrikant is now Malidani Jewelry.

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6th Avenue between 45th & 46th (Grand Central Hardware)

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Rolex, and a pizza place with an older Pepsi privilege sign. Amazing how much sky is visible across the street.

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Donuts – Muffins – Coffee. A barber shop with barber pole next door, and Loans/Appraisals after that.

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Several letters in the word APPRAISALS are missing on the awning in the foreground. Grand Central Hardware sign behind. The only reference I could find to this business was them being listed as dealer in Cummins tools in a 1960 Popular Science.

All this is gone now, replaced by a modern office building, just like the ones across the street that have blocked out the sky.

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6th Avenue & 45th Street (2 screenshots)

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Billboards for White Horse: The Good Guys Scotch and Plaza Suite. White Horse Scotch has been around for over 150 years, and has frequently advertised in and around New York City. For example, the company had a huge billboard over Madison Square around 1900.

Neil Simon’s play Plaza Suite debuted on February 14, 1968 at the Plymouth Theatre and would run for over two years to great acclaim, and was filmed as a movie in 1971.

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Clock indicates that it is now just about 2:00. Sign on the green awning says Philip Levitan & Sons. Not sure what kind of business that was.

This building was replaced by a glass and steel office building in 1974.

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6th Avenue between 43rd & 44th (Radio Shack)

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This building was the site of the Hippodrome, billed as the largest theatre in the world before it was demolished and replaced with this office building in 1939. Here is a sign for cameras. . .

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. . . and another one next door for luggage. A block away from Times Square, these stores presumably catered to tourists.

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A Radio Shack was in this building until 2015. Radio Shack has been in business since 1921, although there are no longer any company-owned stores, only authorized dealers and an online business. In the 1960s however, they were one of the largest and most influential electronics dealers, considered the place for cutting-edge electronics.

In 2006 the building was heavily renovated and a plain glass wall replaced the stone facade.

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