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Remember when West 57th Street was once the domain of Italianate rowhouses, Beaux-Arts beauties, and hulking chateaus? Yeah, it's pretty hard to recall those days, but Tom Miller over at Daytonian in Manhattan lays out some photos and history of the thoroughfare—specifically, No. 31, which currently houses the beloved, doomed Rizzoli Bookstore but was home to Sohmer & Co.'s piano business from the 1920s till the 80s. Last week, it surfaced that Vornado Realty Trust is planning to demolish No. 31 to make way for a new development. [Daytonian in Manhattan; previously]