The two adjacent cast-iron buildings pictured framed Thomas Street off of Broadway. Commenter Phoenix informs that the buildings are the "Thomas Twins" built in 1869, "Before its widening, Thomas Street was a lovely carriage drive leading to old New York Hospital (1773 - 1869) associated with near-by King's College, now Columbia. The twin on the left was over one hundred years old when it was demolished in 1971" to make way for what a Facebook commenter refers to as "a very UGLY McDonalds." Indeed. At least such a fate will not befall its cast-iron neighbor: the building at 319 Broadway was granted landmark status in 1989.
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