Day 246

Old police headquarters building

September 1st, 2012

Intended "to impress both the officer and the prisoner with the majesty of the law", this building was, according to the NY Times, "a magnificent anomaly: an ornate Beaux-Arts palace of 1909 in the middle of Little Italy, its grandeur contrasted utterly with the little buildings and crooked streets around it. To come upon the building has always been something like finding the Invalides in the middle of the Marais: its formal sumptuousness didn't fit with what was around it, but somehow that made it all the more mysterious and wonderful."

After the police left in 1973, the building began to fall into disrepair. In the '80s, however, it underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation and conversion into luxury condos. Thus restored to its former glory, it continues to amaze and perplex passersby who happen upon it for the first time.


  1. Gigi says:

    Very pretty, I took a pic of its clock tower last summer during my clock-fascination phase. :)

  2. deanna valenti meyer says:

    So, so beautiful!! Little Italy is on my list to see next time I’m in NY. You’d think with my father growing up there, I would have gone already…but no. Now, I have this gorgeous building to search for! :)

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