So goes the title of this 1909 hit, about a man stuck in the sticks one summer, wishing he were back in New York City with his girl:
where life is gay and no one seems to care;
This shady lane and summer sky so blue, dear
Does not appear to me like Herald Square.”
That must be rain-slicked 42nd Street on the cover of the sheet music, with theaters and the old crosstown trolley in the distance.
The publisher, Joseph W. Stern, was a lyricist himself who launched his own music publishing company, first on 14th Street, capitalizing on the popularity of ragtime at the turn of the 20th century.