Standing in for a sick colleague, renowned New York psychiatrist Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) is confronted with disturbed art student Henry Letham. Seemingly inspired by his idol, a painter infamous for committing suicide on his 21th birthday, Henry announces he will shoot himself Saturday at midnight--the moment he turns 21. Foster, once having saved his suicidal girlfriend Lila (Naomi Watts), takes the threat seriously but fails to simply have Henry taken into custody. Instead, while trying to track his patient down, Sam is gradually drawn into the world of Henry's obsessions.
This group of four buildings that comprise most of a full block east of York Avenue is one of the city's most distinguished low-rise housing enclaves.
Designed by Henry Atterbury Smith, the six-story buildings have very attractive cast-iron balconies supported by curved brackets and a handsome green tile roof that projects over the facades. The facades combine terra-cotta, tan brick and stone and triple-hung windows into a richly interesting composition. Each building has a large courtyard that is entered through a Gustavino-tiled, barrel-vaulted passageway, open and balconied stairways with built-in seating at each level, and roof gardens with tiled floors and windbreaks. Originally there were 386 units in the complex, but that number has shrunk over the years as alterations have enlarged most of the small units. It was built in 1911 and sold to the City and Suburban Homes Company, which developed a similar but much less attractive and detailed project on the full block across 78th Street, in 1924. It was designated an official city landmark in 1985 converted the next year to cooperatives and renamed the Cherokee Apartments.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretching 5,989 feet (1825 m) over the East River, connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Upon completion in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, the first steel-wire suspension bridge, and the first bridge to connect to Long Island.
Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
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