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You may not have noticed, but the strip of the sidewalk on Sixth Avenue from 14th Street to 34th Street has a lot of second-story retail space. Instead of being built as apartments, the second floors of these buildings were all intentionally made to be stores, since the Sixth Avenue Elevated train ran along that route until 1938. As a result, second-floor storefronts became prime retail space, due to all that subway window shopping. [Lost City]