Minecraft Project: Downtown Manhattan in 1954


That’s amazing!
Thank you very much for sharing :slight_smile:


Hey, Nick :slight_smile:
I should have asked you about this before, do you have good references to this facade of the Fidelity and Casualty Building annex? To this day I haven’t found good angles, I only know that that the elevators used to be there.


Very good question:

Best one here is one from a framepool video, in color, circa 1967:

Clip: http://footage.framepool.com/mov/322-450-952.mp4

Here it is partly shown circa October 1967:

In Too Much Johnson a small part can be seen, plus the chimney-thing:


I still to this day find this building incredibly interesting. It is the most overlooked skyscraper ever. I as well as others I’ve seen always thought there were tenements there, but were shocked to see a fancy 21 story building that nobody talks about.


I find it really interesting too, it’s a shame there’s not much information about it.
Thank you very much again :slight_smile:


Honestly, Radio row made more sense than either of the WTCs because it was an entire district for people to actually live, with their own communities, with a walking distance away from the rest of the financial district where they work


True. I’d rather have Radio Row for a few reasons:

  • The loss of an entire thriving neighborhood

  • The displacement of hundreds of people

  • The towers were empty for their early life, and only took excessive occupancy in the late years

  • The towers were obviously bland. The Moire pattern was interesting but they were large boxes that relied on anchoring other ugly boxes

  • The construction and the attention brought to the area led to the demolition of:

    • Singer Building
    • 165 Broadway
    • 135 Broadway
    • Washington Life Building
    • 1894 Fidelity Casualty Building
    • 1910 Fidelity Casualty Building
    • Hudson Terminal Buildings
    • 1893 Monroe Taylor Building
    • 1889 Central Railroad Building
    • Roebling Building
    • and many more.

Also to note people suffered business-wise from them being stripped of their livelihood, some even died from the stress. This is all without bringing up the things the 21st century would bring…


1940s tax photos digitized and available?!?!? There goes hours of my time. Can’t wait to hear what discoveries this yields for you!


I didn’t find any photos of the Singer Buildiing or the surrounding buildings :cry:
But I’m happy with that one of the Bourne Building, it’s probably the best one from that part!


The Library of Congress also has a lot of random photos, some are about as High quality as you can find, as an example grab the 146mb .tiff from here:


Another update.


  • Added the Stokes Building on Cedar Street
  • Added Federal Hall
  • Began 41 Broad Street
  • Began the tenements at 23-34 Park Row


  • Renovated the Mutual Life Building(1892/1893/1901/1905-1956). New facade on the Cedar Side, fixed angle, cleaned up sloppy cornices on party walls, and etc.

  • Renovated 40 Wall Street’s upper stories. Thanks to marvelfannumber1 who told me about something I never would have noticed.

  • I also reskinned and renovated the American Tract Society Building. It now has a tan and looks much more accurate.



Not shown is a renovated facade to the 1895 St. Paul Building. I found a color photo of it the year it was demolished, and attempted to work off of that as well as I could.

I’d like to bring attention to how great 90 West looks. The gold roof is really fitting on it.

Seen here from 128 Broadway / the Guaranty Trust Building

More updates will be posted soon, likely from the City Hall area.


Great job! I love how the Singer looks in the first pic :slight_smile:


Thanks. I do too. I’d say that’s my favorite angle, but I have no favorite or least favorite with how beautiful it is :muscle:


I started a few new things I’ll post about soon, but for now I’ll pose a question.

Should I remake the Fidelity Casualty Building?

As you all may know by now there were two, the 1894 Cedar and Temple Building and the 21 story Liberty wing from 1910. The annex is beautiful, but I built the original building over a year ago and it looks a bit sloppy to me.


I have a quickie screenshot I thought I’d share.
I’m still working on the City Hall area, but not quite done, so this is all the trailer you get:

Another thing I noticed while flying around, but never really talk about: How the hell did the Singer and City Investing Buildings fall, but the Transportation Building is safe and sound?


Cant wait for Chatham Square and the 3rd ave El :grin:


New update. Pretty big one.

Added City Hall Park and the Tweed Courthouse. The south end of the park is terrible still and will be remastered and finished with the actual City Hall, but the part north of Murray / Frankfort is complete.
Tweed Courthouse has some blank interior but no detail and no staircase due to it being abandoned and altered with the widening of adjacent streets.

Noticeable in the background is changes near the Brooklyn Bridge. Additions here:

  • William Street underpass
  • Structural supports between William and Rose Street
  • buildings on the future demolition site bounded by Park Row, New Chambers,William, Unknown, and North Wiliam
  • 3 Art deco garages between the Metropolitan Realty Building and Rhinelander Builidng

Here the art deco garages are seen in action

Other additions:

  • Added 15 Maiden Lane
  • Finished 21 Maiden Lane
  • Added 63 Nassau Street
  • Finished 176 Broadway and it’s addition

I’ve also started trying to finish 60 John Street. Hard as hell, since only 15 of the original 30 stories remain today, but I’m getting there. I’ll post more soon.