Hess Triangle

Greenwich Village, History

Hess Triangle, David Hess, Seventh Avenue South, NYC history

If you’ve ever walked by the busy intersection of 7th Avenue South and Christopher Street, you’ve likely seen people snapping photos of the iconic corner-facing Village Cigars, but what you probably didn’t realize is that they were standing on top of New York City’s smallest piece of private land. The Hess Triangle sits in the sidewalk at the southwest corner of this Greenwich Village crossing, a small concrete slab with an embedded mosaic that reads “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes,” and today marks the 95th anniversary of its installation.

Find out the story behind this cryptic message and one of the city’s best historic remnants

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3D-printed paws
  • Derby the dog was able to run for the first time thanks to 3D-printed paws. [Designboom]
  • This Staten Island library recalls the neighborhood’s maritime and oystering history. [ArchDaily]
  • Fashion Week needs a new home; it’s been evicted from Lincoln Center. [West Side Rag]
  • NYC’s “awkwardly shaped” tax lots, like the Hess Triangle, equal over five million square feet of land. See it all mapped out. [Untapped]
  • Amazon’s Prime Now will deliver packages to Manhattan within an hour. [Gothamist]

Images: Derby the dog via Derby Portanova (L); Fashion Week via The Style PA via photopin cc (R)

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