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JILL GILL has preserved long-gone New York blocks and buildings — in watercolor and ink — since the mid 1950s. Her more than one hundred paintings feature the former Best's and Bonwit Teller's, the old IBM & ATT buildings, the Third Avenue tenements that preceded the Lipstick Building, and the 53rd Street brownstones and mansions adjacent to MoMA prior to Museum Tower.

Also depicted is the iconic landmark, the Art Deco 57th Street Automat, and emotional landmarks such as Chambord and Mama Leone restaurants, the Women’s Exchange, and the Thalia, New Yorker, Little Carnegie and Trans-Lux 85th Street cinemas. Also celebrated is the Broadway stretch of the Theater District when the buildings were low and billboards, not neon, reigned.

JILL GILL’s LOST NEW YORK paintings are organized by neighborhood (below). After selecting an area, click to enlarge each image.

Midtown South: Second Avenue
22nd Street to 28th Street

Midtown South: Third Avenue
21st Street to 34th Street

Midtown: Third Avenue
40th Street to 60th Street

Midtown: Madison Avenue
48th Street to 60th Street

Midtown West
Times Square to 57th Street

Upper East Side
69th Street to 88th Street

Upper West Side
60th Street to 95th Street

The book of Jill Gill's paintings Site Lines: Lost New York, 1954-2022 from Oro Editions is available where fine books are sold.

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