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Hint: This Structure Stood on a Street That No Longer Exists

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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!

Erected in the mid-1800's and around for 127 years, this was not a pleasant place to live, nor one people sought out. Following the building's closure, the site became home to a new structure of a different purpose where people also don't seek to live. The organization that overtook the site is still there today. Where was this building, and what purpose did it serve?
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