A walk around downtown New York City is full of distractions — from ambulance sirens, to darting cyclists, to fantastic shopping. It naturally leads to a head-down, straight ahead approach. As tempting as that inclination is, remember to look up as you might otherwise miss some incredible architecture!
New York City’s TriBeCa and SoHo neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan are home to the largest concentration of cast iron facades in the world. These architectural gems are the legacy of a now-defunct textile merchant industry that prospered from 1850 to 1890. Buildings employ five different styles of facades, the most exuberant of which is the Neo-Grec; and the facade of 478-482 Broadway (currently occupied by Top Shop) is a perfect example of the beauty achieved by this style.