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Horse Hotel Razed for Shangri-La

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June 30, 1960, Vol. V, No. 36

End of an Era

Today, the final dobbin will trod his weary way, assisted by Alex Skely, out of the Empire Boarding Stables at 182 Thompson Street. The 86-year-old horse hotel — Manhattan’s last stable for dray horses — will be demolished by its new owner, S.S. Rajah, an exporter from New Delhi. The Indian builder will replace it with a seven-story structure replete with swimming pool in the basement and Japanese garden in the rear. This compact, south-of-Bleecker Street Shangri-La, which is what it will be called, should be ready for occupancy by the end of the year.

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