Majestic Court (2715 Grand Concourse in the Bronx) was built in 1924 by H.I. Feldman, an architect who designed 2,500 apartment houses in the New York metropolitan area. But did you know that in this very building lived a teenage Stanley Kubrick? Young Stanley and his family (his father Jacob "Jack" Leonard Kubrick, who was a prominent doctor, his mother Sadie and his younger sister Barbara Mary) lived here from 1942-1944. It was in that very building across the street that Kubrick met a teenager named Marvin Traub who lived directly below him. Traub, who would go on to reinvent the retail industry as CEO of Bloomingdale's, had his own darkroom and showed young Stanley Kubrick (who owned a Graflex camera his father had bought him) how to develop pictures. The two boys would frequently roam the streets looking for interesting subjects to capture.
Kubrick, a 70 average student at Taft High School, lived on the 6th floor and regularly visited movie palaces like the Loews Paradise, the RKO Fordham as well as Yankee Stadium. This building, which is one of the most beautifully designed buildings on the Grand Concourse, was right across the street where I basically grew up. A filmmaker myself (albeit documentary) who also just happened to live on the 6th floor. Hmmm.
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