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69th Regiment Armory
Location 68 Lexington Ave
New York Flag Manhatten, New York
Built 1906
Owner State of New York
Capacity 5,000
New York Knicks (NBA) (1946-1960)
File:69th Regiment Armory entrance.jpg

The entrance to the building

The 69th Regiment Armory is a indoor arena located at 68 Lexington Avenue between East 25th and 26th Streets in Manhattan, New York City is a historical building which began construction in 1904 and was completed in 1906.[1][2] The building is still used to house the U.S. 69th Infantry Regiment, as well as for the presentation of special events. The armory was designed by the firm of Hunt & Hunt, and was the first armory built in New York City to not be modeled on a medieval fortress; instead, it was designed in the Beaux-Arts style.[2] The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965,[3][4] and a New York City landmark in 1983.[2]

The Armory may be best known as the site of the controversial 1913 Armory Show, in which modern art was first publicly presented in the United States.[2] It has a 5,000 seat arena that is used for sporting and entertainment events.

Notable events[]

  • Thure Johansson of Sweden broke Dorando Pietri's indoor record for the marathon at the 69th Regiment Armory on March 1, 1910 (2:36:55.2).[5][nb 1] As of May 2010, the Association of Road Racing Statisticians notes that Johansson's mark still stands as the sixth fastest time on an indoor track.[6]
  • In late 1948 and early 1949, the Armory hosted at least 17 Roller Derby matches, including the first matches ever broadcast on television.[9]
  • The Armory was the site of some New York Knicks home games from 1946 to 1960.[10] The New York Americans – now the Brooklyn Nets – of the new American Basketball Association wanted to play at the Armory in 1967, but pressure from the Knicks on the Armory management forced the new club to play in Teaneck, New Jersey instead.
  • In 1996, NBA Entertainment used the Armory to film Denzel Washington's portions of the documentary NBA at 50.
  • After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Armory served as a counseling center for the victims and families.[11]
  • In 2003, 2009 and 2011 the Armory was the venue used for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
  • The Armory has been the site of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's MoCCA Art Festival since 2009.


Explanatory notes

  1. There are a number of apparent inconsistencies in the available sources. The New York Times reported that Johansson later broke Peitri's mark of 2:44:20.4 which was set on November 28, 1908;[5] however, the data provided by the Association of Road Racing Statistician indicates three faster times were recorded in the interim leading up to the Crowley/Holmer/Johansson race.[6] Two days after their initial report, The New York Times published that there was "considerable discussion" that the race distance may have been short due to how the course was measured.[7] Although the Association of Road Racing Statisticians does not indicate any irregularity with the distance or performance, the International Association of Athletics Federations does not report Johannson's March 1, 1910 performance as a previous world best.[8]


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  4. Nancy L. Prod, Elbertus Prol, Carolyn Pitts, and Edwin C. Bearss (November 1994) National Historic Landmark Nomination: 69th Regiment Armory, National Park Service
  5. 5.0 5.1 "SWEDE'S MARATHON MAKES NEW RECORD; Thure Johansen Wins Sensational Race From Crowley and Hobner.". The New York Times: p. 10. March 2, 1910. Retrieved May 11, 2010 
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  7. "Young Britt Beats Ty Cobb.; Dorando Challenges Johansen.". The New York Times: p. 10. March 4, 1910. Retrieved May 12, 2010 
  8. "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (pdf). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. p. 565. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
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  11. Flynn, Sean. The Fighting 69th: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad, Penguin Books, 2007

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