Valentine No. 55

324 CanalFor the seventh summer, I’ll be spotlighting little aspects of life here that I love. To see the previous Valentines, click the Valentine tag at the end of the post.

Have you ever been buzzed into a building—particularly in East Tribeca, in my experience—only to be faced with a long, straight staircase like you see above (324 Canal)? With minimal landings in between flights, you never get a reprieve from climbing, and the higher your destination, the more likely you are to arrive ridiculously out of breath. On the other hand, they’re almost always picturesque—with worn, wooden steps—and they just don’t get made like that anymore.



  1. Yes…they give me vertigo. Going up is fine…going down feels like I’m going to fall and just keep falling!

  2. You’ll notice you can’t get your hand completely around banister. I did fall down just such a staircase slipping on plaster dust-head first. I felt like a human toboggan and saw stars at the bottom. This was 11 years ago and the stairs have been replaced by elevator, Marcus

  3. My beloved long Tribeca staircase was featured in Hausfrau Magazine –

    it’s on pages 25 and 26 of Issue 9 – hilarious!

    When the photographer saw our stair, he said he just had to work it into the storyline!