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Hess Triangle in Manhattan, New York City

A final defiant f*ck you from a man who was robbed by the City Hall.

If you look down the sidewalk at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street, you may notice a tiny triangle covered with yellow and black tiles. Not bigger than a slice of pizza, it is and amazing monument to spite and satisfaction of one offended landlord.

In 1910s the NYC was growing and would swallow up entire blocks for the sake of its development. To widen Seventh Avenue and expand the IRT subway city officials claimed eminent domain to expropriate and demolish hundreds of buildings. Among the victims was the Voorhis, a five-story property of a David Hess. Mr. Hess was in a rage but had to obey. 

After the Voorhis had been demolished and the Seventh Avenue had lain its modern way, Mr. Hess heirs found something really curious. They discovered a tiny triangular plot of their land left untouched by excavators. Mockingly enough, the city asked the family to donate it. That meant war. 

In 1922 Hess family lovingly drawed out their 500-square-inch triangle and tiled it with a sarcastic message. It reads, "Property of the Hess Estate which has never been dedicated for public purposes." 

Having done this slap in the face, they silently sold the triangle to Village Cigar, the store in front of which the slice stands. FOR ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. $2 PER SQUARE INCH. 

Now this tiniest piece of private property in the NYC is trampled by thousands of citizens every day. We can only hope that this does not offend anyone.






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