The former Knickerbocker Hotel at 1466 Broadway, NYC stands in contrast to the more modern buildings in the background. Built in the Beaux Arts style in 1906, the hotel was built by John Jacob Astor IV and managed by him until his death on the Titanic in 1912.

That same year, the hotel was said to be the birthplace of the Martini, although other accounts of the origins of that drink differ.

The famous singer Enrico Caruso famously sang to the crowds in Times Square from his window at the hotel on Armistice Day in 1918.

I didn't know any of this when I took this photograph yesterday - I simply liked the juxtaposition of styles and colors. The rich history of NYC never disappoints....

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