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Friday, June 02, 2006

Hess Estate Triangle


A mysterious triangular mosaic is set in the sidewalk in front of Village Cigars in the West Village at 110 Seventh Avenue South at Christopher Street. It reads: "Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated for Public Purpose." This tiny piece of land is the result of a dispute between a former owner, the David Hess estate, of Philadelphia and NYC. Hess owned the Voorhis apartment building at that corner which had been condemned to build a subway line. The estate refused to surrender a remaining triangle, 500 square inches, the smallest piece of private property in the city. In 1938 they sold the plot to Village Cigars for $1,000. Cracked and worn, it remains a testimony to one small triumph over the city of New York...

10 comments:

No. 78 said...

We have a similar story in Vancouver. I must get a photo of the "thin building".

Kris said...

you mean only that small spot? haha..interesting !

Lisi said...

an interesting find!

Natalie said...

What a great story!

Brian said...

This blog has given me the motivation to get to the bottom of this story - and many other NYC curiosities. We do a lot of research on many of these postings. Glad you all appreciate it.
Brian

Kala said...

great history and story - almost sounds like an emminent domain type of situation but not really - great battle for the small people.

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