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Few buildings on the Upper West Side possess the kind of iconic exteriors that stop people in their tracks. There is the Dakota, perhaps, where John Lennon was shot; the San Remo’s twin towers; and the Ansonia, that 17-floor Beaux Arts beauty occupying an enviable stretch of Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets.

In the living room is a sepia image by Bill Cotter of a cash register in the sky; a second look reveals the tally on the till to be a date: 8121965, or July 12, 1965, a day during the World’s Fair in Queens. Nearby is a three-panel artwork of a lounging woman by Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi; the piece, “Les Femmes du Maroc,” is a photo graffitied in henna.

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