Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed's game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into New York City and its past!
Taken in the first decade of the 20th century, this photograph shows a historic commercial street that often makes headlines today. Despite many modern upgrades, many of the buildings seen here remain the same, and they still host dozens of small businesses along the street. But the building with the dormer windows has been replaced by one far less interesting. Ironically, the notice on the front of the building reads "Contrary to all rumors now in circulation that this HALL will cease to exist, I beg to inform my Patrons that Books are now open for Dates for Season [the current year]." Do you know which street this is? And what this building used to be? Leave your guesses in the comments, and the first correct answer wins!
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