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While New York City is full of exciting neighborhoods, SUITE New York is incredibly lucky to call the “NoMad” district its home.  The name “NoMad” is derived from the area’s location which is North and West of Madison Square Park.  The neighborhood extends approximately from 25th Street to 30th Street between The Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) and Lexington Avenue.  And although it has some competition from trendy bordering neighbors including Chelsea, Midtown South, Murray Hill and the Flatiron District, you can rest assured that the NoMad District is just as unique as its name.  Feeling skeptical?  Read the facts (in no particular order):

10.  The first movie house, where Edison’s hand-cranked movies were first shown (April 6, 1894), was in a narrow storefront at 1153 Broadway (between 26th and 27th Streets).

9.  The original Madison Square Garden was located in present-day Madison Square Park at Madison Avenue and 26th Street, right in the heart of the NoMad District. (Hence the name “Madison Square” Garden)

8.   The oldest corporation in the United States, Marble Collegiate Church, “America’s Hometown Church,” is located at 29th Street and Fifth Avenue.

7.  The first major New York auto show took place in the old Madison Square Garden in the NoMad District on November 3, 1900.

6.  At the turn of the 19th/20th Centuries, Madison Square Park acted as a “town square” for people to come together and get the latest news, protest and celebrate events.

5.  Many notable buildings can be found in the NoMad District, including the New York Life Building, the Toy Center and the Gift Building.

4.  The first passenger elevators were installed in 1859 in the prominent Fifth Avenue Hotel.  (New Yorkers know how important this particular fact is)

3.  The area along Broadway and 23rd Street acquired the nickname the “Great White Way” in the 1890’s because it was one of the first sections of NYC to have electric streetlights due to the abundance of famous restaurants and theaters.

2.  The first exhibition of “modern” art took place at the 69th Regiment Armory (on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets) in 1913, which introduced New Yorkers to the works of Courbet, Degas, Manet to Duchamp, Matisse and Picasso.

1.  The NoMad neighborhood contains the bottom portion of NYC’s infamous Tenderloin District, which had a rowdy, notorious past during the Gilded Age of New York.

We may be a little biased, but we think that the NoMad District is one of the best neighborhoods in New York.  So next time you find yourself in our neck of the woods, complete your NoMad experience and stop in the SUITE New York showroom at 419 Park Avenue for a visit.

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