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AND BUILDERS' GUIDE.
NEW YOEK, SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 18^1.
Published Weekly by
THE REAL ESTATE RECORD ASSOCIATION.
One year, in advance......................g6 00
All communications should be addressed to
106 Broadway, cob. of Pikk Street. *
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the j'ear 1871, by
C. W. SWEET,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
No receipt for money due the EEAL ESTATE Record
will be acknowledged unless signed by one of our regular
collectors, Hekry D. Smith or Thomas f. Cummings.
All bills for collection wOl be sent from the office on a regu¬
larly printed form.
PATENT binders for preserving the Record can be had
at the office, or will be sent to any address in the city upon
the receipt of one doUar.
OUS NEW PAEKS.
We believe that the gentlemen who formerly
administered the affairs of the Central Park and
upper Boulevards had under consideration plans
for the improvement of the Momingside Park,
based on the idea that the Commissioners who
were appointed to take the land for the Park,
and estimate the amounts of damage aud bene¬
fit, would have made their report in a reason¬
able period of time. Had they done so, the
work on the Park could have been commenced
nearly two years ago.
Complaints , of want pf energy, and of too
much of one man's control, and too much of
one man's ideas, had become rife for two years
preceding the period when these gentlemen
were legislated out of office, and a small Com¬
mission of very prominent men formed, by
which course it was stated that harmony of
action and. greater speed would be given to the
more rapid development of the city above Four¬
teenth street, the upper boundary of Ancient
New Yo7'k. ,
The gentleman who was' selected by our tal¬
ented Mayor for the high honor of the Presi¬
dency of the new Department of Public Parks,
was Petbb Babr Sweeny. This is the gentle¬
man to whom we are principally indebted for
our present City Charter, which, taken all in
all, is the best Charter to meet the require¬
ments of the times that our city has ever
' Mr. Sweeny has been so prominently before
the public for years past, that it is simply suffi¬
cient to nanae him. He is a gentleman of a very
high sense of -personal honor, of strict iategrity
in money matters, and a distinguished scholar.
He has most indomitable persistence, and is
full of stratagems in carrying out his political
plans, and is conceded by public repute to be
the most influential man in the Democratic
party in this State. He is said to be a warm¬
hearted man, and more attached to his personal
friends than forgiving to" his political enemies.
A requ(^st was made to him to name the four
gentlemen it would give him pleasure to be as¬
sociated with in this Department. The names
Robert James Dillon, a very distinguished
non-practising lawyer, a scholar of fine culture
and taste, overflowing with idle leisure, and one
of the original members of the Central Park
Henry Hilton, also distinguished as a jur¬
ist, a superior scholar, quick in discovering cha¬
racter, and of most exceUent taste in landscape
gardening. This gentleman has also the honor
of being selected by Alexander T. Stewart,
a large owner of improved lots in the more an¬
cient part of our city, as his private counsel and
Real Estate adviser. His course honors the con¬
fidence reposed in him, as Mr. Stewart's in¬
terests have in him a vigilant guardian.
Thomas C. Fields comes next. He was a
member of the former Central Park Commis¬
sion ; a great worker; a live man, equal to any
emergency in politics ; of bold and comprehen¬
sive ideas of the value of property north of the
Central Park ; said to be rather impetuous in
manner. He does his ov?n thinking, and acts
Andrew H. Green, the last on the list, is
too widely known for his varied acquire¬
ments, modest deportment, and liberal breadth
of views, to render a description necessary. His,
experience and judgment ought to be of great
value to the Commission.
In regard to the Momingside Park, we sub¬
mit that a plan for its improvement, combining
a series of terraces, would probably be the most
appropriate. In our opinion, it should be a
grand flower garden, and no trees admitted that
could be classed otherwise than as shrubbery.
It could be made the Botanical Garden, On the
westerly line, a high wrought-iron fence would
be required to protect it from the carriage drive.
As the narrowness of the Park, and its peculiar
formation, wiU entirely exclude carriages, the
winding walks to the respective terraces will
be narrow, and adapted for the use of pedestri¬
ans only. In all its prominent features, its
treatment should be different from that of the
It seems strange'that owners of prop¬
erty to let will permit the defacing, every
year or two," of their houses by having the sign
" to let" plastered upon the most conspicuous
place onthe building. tTndoubtedly this serves as
an advertisement, the profit of which though,
to the owner, is very questionable. In many lo¬
calities where there are four or five houses near
to each other on which this sign is displayed,
its effect is the opposite of the intentions of
the owner, as parties in search of a house im¬
mediately siispect there is something wrong
about the neighborhood, and so avoid the lo¬
MECHANICS' LIENS AGAINST BXTIIDINGS
IN NEW YOKE CITY.
17 Amitx ST., K. s. (No. 123). Peter B.
Fitzpatrick agt, P, M. Mittnacht.. $333 50
20 Centre st., e. s. (No. 168). Jere-
mia T. and James B. Smith agt.
Henry Erben, Jr................. 8,207 00
16 ElGaTY-SIXTH ST., N. s., 200 E. Sd
av. J. <fe A. Shipman agt. Anna M.
Frost............................ 831 50
20 Eighth AV. add fifty-second st.,
n. e., cor. (Nos. 746 to 754 Sth av.).
Joseph E. Redman agt. H. P.
Smith............................ 661 63
20 Same property. A. T. Serrell &
Son agt. Adon Smith.............. 2,138 61
21 Eighty-third st., s. s., 13 houses
between 8th, and 9th avs. Hagen
& Gordon agt. John Carlin........ 748 00
17 Fortieth ST., K. s. (Nos. 227 and
229 W.). J; W. &, G. H. Cochran
agt. E. M. Gedney................ 100 00
18 Fifty-first st., s. s. (Nos. 244, 246,
and 248 W.). James Crow agt.
Rosenbeck, Sink & Stem.......... 4,500 00
18 Same property. James J. Heffer-
man agt. eame.................... 200 00
23 Forty-eighthst., s. s. (Nos. 16 and
18 W.). Bartine & McKenna agt.
Jacob B. Talman................. 4,307 62
23 Jane st.,,n.. s. (Nos. 49 and 51).
James Brooks agfc. Mr. Taylor___ 195 00
17 Madison av., w. s., 3 houses, com.
about 25,5 n. 43d st. A. T. Serrell
& Son agt. Thos. M. Peters....... 9,316 98
16 Reade , st,, n. s. _ (No. 146), bet.
Hudson & Greenwich sts. Bernard
Kiernan agt. G. K. Chase......... 459 50
18 Same property. John S. McLean
•agt. T. J. McCahill............... 345 94
16 Thirty-tEighth st., s. s. (No. 430
W.). Bernard Kiernan agt.------.. 444 00
17 Thirty-second st., s. s., 100 e. 10th
av. Wm. McBurnie agfc. Robt. A.
Jenkins.......................... 100 00
18 Third ,ay., e. s. (No. 1967). M
Marks, & Co. agt. John Mc¬
Mahon et al...................... 20 00
18 Third av., w. s., 2 houses com. 27
s. 61st St. Jos. Spaht agt. — .. 91 00
20 Twenty-sixth st., n. s. (Nos. 441,-
443 ds, 415 W.)i Waiiam Fowler
agt. E. P. Briggs................ 23 50
20 Same property. Arthur Langan
agt. same.....___..,............. 70 50
23 Thirtieth st., s. s. (Nos. 402 &
404 W.). James Maloney agfc. Tho¬
mas O'ReUly..................... 472 49
23 Same property. John Gleeson
agfc. same.....................------ 715 39
MECHANICS' LIENS AGAINST BUILDINGS IN
18 Fulton ST., s. s., 64.4 b. Portland
av., 20 front, and passing around
rear of other lots to Porfcland av.
Thomas Read agt.—.Sinclair and
Mary Alley....................... $§73 15