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An art restorer in 1880 decided El Greco’s ‘The Vision of Saint John’ needed an improvement and—snip—excised a large portion of the masterpiece and tossed it in the trash.
Conan Doyle’s shock at the novel’s disappearance “would be as nothing to my horror if it were suddenly to appear again in print,” he once wrote—which it finally did in 2011.
It was loosely based on the London structure of the same name, and was built, stunningly, of cast-iron and glass. But disaster would rob NYC of a building that never became iconic.
The Celestial Suites was once the garish penthouse home of Houston Astros owner Judge Roy Hofheinz. Then it was a luxe pad for famous people. Now it lives on behind closed doors.