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Garden History

May 2024
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In the “Editors’ Bookshelf” review of Paul R. Baker’s Stanny: The Gilded Life of Stanford White (February), you have erroneously placed the old Madison Square Garden on Twenty-third Street in New York City. The old Garden was actually located at Twenty-sixth Street and Madison Avenue, now the site of the New York Life Building, which replaced it in 1928. The Garden, in its turn, had replaced the Hippodrome and prior to that the site was occupied by the Union Depot of the New York and Harlem Railroad.

As to the mention of a brief affair White had with model Evelyn Nesbit, it’s my impression that people remember her more as a showgirl ( The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing ) than a model and that White’s affair with her was more than brief.

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