This Nondescript NYC Mechanic's Shop Has an Unbelievable Past LifeLeslie Horn6/04/13 5:24pm393EditPromoteGo to permalinkIn New York City, buildings are changing hands all the time—and nothing really lasts forever. The legendary music venue CBGB? Well, it's now a John Varvatos store. And this grimy mechanic's shop at the northern end of Manhattan? It was once the entryway to a beautiful 19th century estate.