If you come off the 61st exit of the FDR Drive, you will see this building between 1st and 2nd Ave. It was originally a carriage house belonging to Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of 2nd President John Adams (not to be confused with his wife, also named Abigail Adams). Later on in 1826 to what was known as the 'Mt. Vernon Hotel'. Today it is a museum operated by the Colonial Dames of America.
Also as an added treat we then took the tram to Roosevelt Island and explored some of the ruins at the south end which is now partially opened as park space. This was designed by James Renwick, an architect who also designed St. Patricks Cathedral and parts of the original Smithsonian in Washington. You would most likely see these buildings from a distance from the UN or while on the FDR drive.
Finally, some pictures at 50th and 51st St. near 2nd Ave., site of the recent crane collapse. It is quite amazing how the crane fell from the construction site on 51st, almost clearing an entire building, and then flattened a brownstone on 50th.
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