Jeremiah Moss, creator of the award-winning blog Vanishing New York, is the pen name of Griffin Hansbury. He is the author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul (2017) and works as a psychoanalyst in New York City. (March 2018)

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The Death and Life of a Great American Building

A postcard showing the St. Denis Hotel at Broadway and 11th Street, New York City, circa 1908

I am one of the last tenants of the St. Denis, a 165-year-old building on East 11th Street, just south of Union Square in New York City, that is in the process of being emptied and readied for gutting. For decades, the St. Denis has been a haven for psychotherapists of every sort, but a seismic shift is taking place and the therapist buildings are getting squeezed. Imagine a future Manhattan without shrinks. What will happen to the psyche of that city?