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Hint: A Beaux-Arts Facade Hid This Building's Surprising Use

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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!

Behind this building's Beaux-Arts facade was a surprising interior that served a pointed purpose. It traded hands from its original owner 21 years after being built to a business that trafficked in a product which brought an end to the industry of the site's original owners. Where was this building located, and what did it originally serve as?
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