Archive for March, 2008

We are the dead

March 31, 2008

This bronze World War II memorial sits in front of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic church on Carroll Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. More than 2,000 names are listed—all men from one parish. They died that we might live, indeed.

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Sunday afternoon at Smith and Ninth

March 31, 2008

Something glorious happens when the F train emerges from underground and rises to one of the highest points in Brooklyn.

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A midtown hotel room for $2.50 a night?

March 28, 2008

Not a bad deal at the Hotel Irvin, at 308 West 30th Street. Opened in 1925, the Irvin started out as an apartment house for “business women,” according to a New York Times article from January 25, 1925. “Gayety and charm are the elements the decorators sought after,” the article states. Hopefully the “all night elevator service for girls who come home late” and the “tactful woman superintendent” were not eliminated when it switched over to a hotel…I’m guessing in the 1940s.

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The man in the chair on West 14th Street

March 28, 2008

Above a doorway between a furniture store and a French restaurant is this hand-painted carving of a man writing by candlelight. What it once signified may be lost to the ages. Anyone feel like guessing?

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Animals with jobs

March 27, 2008

Pulling a carriage full of tourists all day long is tough work. Time for this old boy to turn in to his stable on 38th Street and 12th Avenue.  

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Random signage

March 22, 2008

Spotted in Winston Churchill Park on Downing Street in the West Village. Anybody want to call CH-2-3033 and let me know who answers?

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Taking a ride on the IRT, 1905

March 8, 2008

This clip starts at 14th Street-Union Square and ends at 42nd. At the time it was filmed, the subway system was only 7 months old.


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