Welcome back 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!
This building represented a compromise of sorts in urban living, and was the first of its kind in New York City. It was built by a man whose surname now lends itself to many other area things. Where did this building stand, and what trait led to its distinction?
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