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Last brownstone standing

When I saw this remarkable LIFE photo of a defiant brownstone apartment building, I stopped cold in my scrolling mouse tracks. The photo, which reminded me of this year’s hit Pixar film UP, should be displayed next to the word “gentrification.” Its caption read “Construction in NYC: land being cleared for 20 story building in East 60s — still occupied brownstone is soon to go.” Gothamist asked its readers where exactly this building was located and they came through with an answer. That brownstone was located at 215 East 68th Street. Today a doorman highrise building sits in that spot.