Sunday, September 13, 2015

Wallet Card at two old 14th street banks

From 1907 to the 1980s, two rival banks stood across from each other at 14th Street and 8th Avenue. It has been over 20 years since either was a bank, but the buildings remain in use today.

77 Eighth Avenue was built in 1907 for the New York County Bank - you can still see the faded remains of the bank name under the eagle. In the 1930s the bank was absorbed by Manufacturers Hanover. By the 1990s the space was a theater, and most recently it was Nickel Spa for Men, though the spa has closed and the building is back on the market.

Across the street, this building at 272 Eighth Avenue was built in the 1890s for New York Savings Bank, which had been at that location since 1854. In the 1980s it became Central Carpet, and then a restaurant, before becoming a CVS in 2010.

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