New-York Cab Company Stable

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

313-330 Amsterdam Avenue

ARCHITECT: C Abbott French and Co.

DATE: 1888-90

STYLE: Romanesque Revival

Manhattan Romanesque Revival Upper West Side

The former New-York Cab Company Stable is a striking reminder of the time when horse-drawn carriages crowded Manhattan streets. Built in 1888-90, 318-330 Amsterdam Avenue was one of the earliest commercial stables on the Upper West Side and a fine example of a utilitarian structure erected in the Romanesque Revival style.

It was designed by C. Abbott French, a New York architect who specialized in speculative residential and commercial work, particularly in this neighborhood and Harlem. The New-York Cab Company grew out of the livery firm Ryerson & Brown, founded by John Ryerson in the 1830s.

Proposed in 1876 and incorporated in 1884, it sought to supply New York City with a “cheap and improved system of transit.” To accomplish this, the company adopted practices that are common in today’s taxicab industry. Passengers were charged a “fixed and moderate” fare, drivers were identified with badges, and carriages were painted the conspicuous color yellow.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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