69th Regiment Armory

The 69th Regiment Armory located at 68 Lexington Avenue between East 25th and 26th Streets in Manhattan, New York City is a historical building which began construction in 1904 and was completed in 1906. The building is still used to house the U.S. 69th Infantry Regiment, as well as for the presentation of special events. The armory was designed by the firm of Hunt & Hunt, and was the first armory built in New York City to not be modeled on a medieval fortress; instead, it was designed in the Beaux-Arts style. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and a New York City landmark in 1983.

The Armory may be best known as the site of the controversial 1913 Armory Show, in which modern art was first publicly presented in the United States.

Notable events
  • Competing against American Jim Crowley and Canadian Hans Holmer at the 69th Regiment Armory, The New York Times reported that Thure Johansson of Sweden broke Dorando Pietri's indoor record for the marathon on March 1, 1910 (2:36:55.2). As of May 2010, the Association of Road Racing Statisticians notes that Johansson's mark still stands as the sixth fastest time on an indoor track.
  • In late 1948 and early 1949, the Armory hosted at least 17 Roller Derby matches, including the first matches ever broadcast on television.
  • The Armory was the site of some New York Knicks home games from 1946 to 1960. The New York Americans – now the New Jersey Nets – of the new American Basketball Association wanted to play at the Armory in 1967, but pressure from the Knicks forced the new club to play in Teaneck, New Jersey instead.
  • After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Armory served as a counseling center for the victims and families.
  • In 2003 and 2009, the Armory was the venue used for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
  • The Armory hosted the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art 2009 and 2010 MoCCA Art Festival.

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