Block by Block: The Wild West SLIDESHOW

Hidden in an unassuming brownstone, the old-timey cantina of La Nacional was founded as a gathering place for the Benevolent Spanish Society. The self-purported oldest Spanish restaurant in New York serves up paella to regulars, who watch the soccer match on TV and shrug their shoulders at the rumors that Luis Buñuel and Federico García Lorca were once guests.

Set in a house built by a 19th-century stockbroker, Norwood combines well-moneyed patrons with touches of Victorian whimsy--a bid for the artsy-sister niche among the city's recent influx of London-style private clubs.

Painter Franz Kline, loosely associated with Jackson Pollack and the New York School's breed of Abstract Expressionism, lived on the second floor until his death, in 1962.

Once known as the Tough Club, a Tammany Hall speakeasy frequented by the terminally corrupt mayor "Beau James" Walker, the joint now bears the decidedly un-tough name Honey.


Site of the long-gone Nell's, the infamously exclusive 1980s club of Rocky Horror actress Nell Campbell. The proprietors of the Darby, set to open within the next few weeks, are attempting to once again revive the premises' tradition of small-club glamour.

The soon-to-open SNAP posits the possibility of a new genre of sports bar, one that derives its lure more from subtle atmospheric details than greasy bar snacks and omnipresent fluorescent screens. The décor draws inspiration from such disparate sources as Boardwalk Empire (vintage mahogany paneling), the M.T.A. (antique subway light fixtures) and Muhammad Ali (an 8-foot-tall statue of the legend himself).

All but five of William Pederson's undulating glass luxury condos, intended to evoke "ribbons in the wind," have been snapped up. A full-floor apartment sold for $8 million.


Two stately old banks face each other across West 14th Street: One has been converted into a sleek, blue-tinged men's spa; the other is the recently shuttered Balducci's, soon to be reborn as a CVS.

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