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Where & When: Game 16

Hey, welcome back to Where & When; where you are not alone in your struggle to find the truth when you have the proof… yeah, I know, but it’s late so…

Work is getting tougher by the day, not to mention colder, so I warn you now of inconsistencies in publishing the game, but if you are really interested in hosting an episode, drop me a line along with a challenge you would like to present and we’ll hook you up with a guest spot.  These are a lot of fun and the conversation is pretty clever among our regulars, plus there’s (fictional) root beer and cream sodas, which is a plus for any endorphins!

Welp, here is the newest challenge, and I think you’ll like the drama involved in this one:

Where & When 16

I really wish I could present a larger picture that also contained a full snap of this building.  There’s quite a bit of significance attached to it, starting with the fact that the Yankees were involved at some point.  How’s that, you ask?  You’ll have to tell me and the rest of the readers, and while you’re at it, tell us the name of the building, the address and when it was built.  Bonus if you happen to know some other significant events or nouns involved with this building.  There’s a lot to tell, so I hope you have enough time to find out and spill.  A snifter of Zuberfizz for the first with the correct answers, and a tankard of Baumeister fr the subsequent entries.  Post your answers in the comments and I will be checking in throughout the day.  Have at it! And no peeking at the photo credit; it’s okay if you come across it during your independent research, but don’t click on the link below.  >;)

[Photo Credit: Ephemeral New York]


1 RIYank   ~  Nov 7, 2013 9:28 am

I've sent you an answer, Will, by email.

The House that Ruth Never Built, is my hint.

2 Ben   ~  Nov 7, 2013 10:01 am

Hey, I got one! Without cheating too! I originally thought it must be somewhere on the grand concourse, but was wrong. It's in Manhaha. And when the House that Ruth Never Built was not built, a large Mazel-tov! rang throughout the westside.

3 rbj   ~  Nov 7, 2013 10:12 am

Sent mine in as well. Damn shame the building isn't around anymore.

4 Ben   ~  Nov 7, 2013 10:15 am

There is a park in the space now. And the great-great grandson of the man who the park is named after was married to Al Gore's daughter.


they both also know Kevin Bacon.

5 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Nov 7, 2013 10:21 am

Sometimes I know right away I'm licked, so I went and cheated. Interesting.

When we almost decided to stay in NYC instead of moving to NC, we almost bought a place that was almost near there. Where they almost did that other thing mentioned in the answer. So I'm almost almost almost almost personally connected to fame and glory.

On the property now, are any of the buildings relatively new? I could have sworn there was a big multi-use athletic field there where my old company softball team had its ass handed to it one evening.

6 RIYank   ~  Nov 7, 2013 11:16 am

[5] Wow, so you were almost almost almost on third base!
So, you were almost almost almost Alex Rodriguez. I guess that's a narrow escape. Although it would be very nice to have almost almost almost that much money.

7 RIYank   ~  Nov 7, 2013 11:23 am

Once I got the answer (which I had a kind of unfair advantage at, because I've been looking around for interesting images for this game and happened across this one a few weeks ago), I looked at the Ephemeral New York page to see if it gave an address (just out of curiosity). That page seems to say that the building itself opened in 1822. The society that ran it was founded in 1822, but that building wasn't built till much later. The Wikipedia page says 1884, although a CCNY page says 1883. (CCNY had the building for a while and used it to house soldiers in the Army Specialized Training Program -- apparently it was racially segregated at one point, causing a bit of a scandal.)

It does have a pretty cool history. Or anyway, it did -- as others have noted it no longer exists.

8 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Nov 7, 2013 12:03 pm

[6] I prefer to think of myself as almost almost almost almost almost almost almost almost almost Don Mattingly, but it's unseemly to brag


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