The New York City Center, built in 1923, was originally called the Mecca Temple. After the financial crisis of 1929, the Mecca Shriners were unable to pay the property taxes and the Temple became city property. It was later converted to home for the performing arts. Recently, the building completed a $75 million renovation project and was reopened in October 2010.
The New York City Center is located at 55th Street and 6th Avenue. The architecture style is Neo-Moorish and the building features elaborate polychromed tile work, murals, and a rooftop dome. I have not been to the interior of the building but certainly the exterior tile works are amazing. I suppose photography would not be allowed inside the Center; so I am quite contented with capturing an image of the facade directly across the street.