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In the early '90s Budapest (especially Pest) not only had some of the grandest architecture in Europe, but also, sadly, some amazing example of prolonged neglect. It was quite strange, even in the most popular central districts it was possible to find once grand derelict buildings. I guess the decision whether to restore or start again must have been touch and go for some, but this large hotel, with tradiional bath-house, was just too far gone, and last time I saw it, it was a building site. It was just up the road from the synagogue, in a side street running parallel to Rakoczi. Just around the corner at the top of the road, the New York Cafe in those days looked almost the same from the outside, but was opperating, covered in scaffold and protective planks, before a major resoration programme began in around 2000. Must be open again by now.

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Additional Photos by Richard Gatward (RGatward) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3757 W: 141 N: 3794] (20086)
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