Secret Atrium Downtown: Beekman Palace

Secret Atrium Downtown: Beekman Palace

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Aaron Able
Jun 16, 2010

Remember the secret prohibition bowling alley in a Queens co-op? Some of our favorite peeks into New York City buildings come from the blog Scouting New York. In a recent post, the film and TV location scout shares an abandoned building on Beekman Street (in the shadow of the new Gehry Tower under construction, Beekman Tower) that hides a truly amazing interior.

From Scouting New York:

"In 1940, the atrium was boarded up due to firecode violations. Completely hidden, later tenants would never know of its existence, seeing only a walled corridor (though according to a recent NY Times article, a secret door offered those who stumbled upon it an amazing discovery)."

The current owners plan to restore the building and turn it into a hotel — Beekman Palace. An appropriate name, no?

For more images and the first-hand account of the visit see Scouting New York | The Abandoned Palace On Beekman Street.

Images: Scouting New York

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