No, that's not 211 Pearl Street, it's a mystery block on the Upper East Side photographed by Life magazine in 1959. Gothamist dug up this amazing photo, captioned, "Construction in NYC: land being cleared for 20 story building in East 60s — still occupied brownstone is soon to go." At least the residents got to enjoy the biggest backyard ever. Any guess as to what 20-story gem replaced the brownstones? The Gothamist commenters have a few ideas.
· Flashback: Last Brownstone Standing [Gothamist]