I like looking down this stretch of Broome Street in Soho, mostly because of the towering baroque skyscraper (487 Broadway) that you see in the back there. Built in 1895, it was a cutting-edge building known as the Silk Exchange due to the high number of powerful silk merchants that worked there.Not long after in 1899, it was purchased by “The Western Millionaire” James B. Haggin, a duderancher who made himself big money developing Western mines and breeding horses. Haggin paid $850,000 for the whole building, and henceforth it became known as the Haggin Building. Here’s an old school photo taken from not long after its construction…Amazingly, not much has changed!
I needed to get from Park Slope to the East Village quickly for my open houses today, so Greg suggested I try the Manhattan Bridge on my bike. It was a great ride: 6,855 feet of smooth bridge, with no cars to contend with! It was door to door in just under a half hour, and there’s also plenty of local color to enjoy along the way, as always.