Under an arch in Astoria at midnight, 1930

Martin Lewis titled this drypoint etching Arch, Midnight. The people under the arch don’t look like they’re up to much good.

He reportedly considered two alternate titles, “Archway, Midnight” and “The Arch Over the Street, Astoria.”

Does anyone know where exactly this dark, shadowy underpass is in Astoria, and if it still exists?

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23 Responses to “Under an arch in Astoria at midnight, 1930”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Looks like the trainway arch at 31st and 23rd ave

  2. Peteski Says:

    http://queens.about.com/od/astoriainqueensnewyork/ig/Astoria-Photos/Empire-State-From-Astoria.htm

    ?

  3. sebastian Says:

    45th st and 25th ave

  4. selgart Says:

    It could definitely be the one on 31st Street as that one’s pretty large, but that one might be *too* large. There’s a series of arches under the Amtrak route however. Here’s the one on 29th Street: http://g.co/maps/h33ax

    and the one on 33rd Street: http://g.co/maps/6qr9g

    36th Street: http://g.co/maps/uakud
    37th Street: http://g.co/maps/mt2wr

    There’s another one on 38th Street as well, and they continue as you move eastward.

    Hmmm. Might be time for a walk up 23rd Avenue.

  5. selgart Says:

    It could definitely be the one on 31st Street as it’s pretty large, but that one might be *too* large. There’s a series of arches under the Amtrak route however. Here’s the one on 29th Street: http://g.co/maps/h33ax

    and the one on 33rd Street: http://g.co/maps/6qr9g

    36th Street: http://g.co/maps/uakud
    37th Street: http://g.co/maps/mt2wr

    There’s another one on 38th Street as well, and they continue as you move eastward.

    Hmmm. Might be time for a walk up 23rd Avenue.

  6. jayspec Says:

    I don’t know if it’s 31st. If it’s 1930, the Astoria line was already built and would be in the middle of the street. To my eyes, that looks like 36th St., looking north towards 23rd Ave.

  7. jayspec Says:

    If it was 1930, the Astoria Line would have already been built and dominating the photo if this was 31st St.

    To my eyes, this looks like 36th St., looking north towards 23rd Ave.

  8. jayspec Says:

    In fact, here’s what I think the view is today. The light fixture is still there.

    http://g.co/maps/btpy7

  9. BestBrian Says:

    I’d guess it’s under the Hellgate Bridge.

  10. r185 Says:

    I also thought 31st Street. But a couple of clues worth putting out there… the incline the people are walking towards; the buildings; the proximity of the left edge of the arch to what appears to be a building and it’s proximity to the corner. I’d put it at 33rd Street.

  11. kkufner Says:

    Definately 29th Street – Astoria

  12. r185 Says:

    The arch at 29th is not near a street corner. From what I can see only two arch have a street corner in the right position: 31st and 36th.

  13. r185 Says:

    Correction, I meant the only ones with corners nearby are 33rd and 36th. (Not 31st)

  14. johnny Says:

    Looks like more further up in the 40’s, near the gas stations? That ramp is a clue, There is a stairway there now

  15. Steve Swirsky Says:

    under the NY connecting rr leading to the hell gate bridge

  16. r185 Says:

    It looks like the arches in the 40’s are a lot lower than the one in the etching.

  17. confessionsofmothertheresa Says:

    Does anyone know a source for Martin Lewis work. I fell in love with his work when I saw him in exhibit at BAM.

  18. John Mcgarry Says:

    33 street North of 23 avenue….around the corner from the Sandwich King

  19. John Mcgarry Says:

    Where the people are standing on the right of the arch by the parked car is the entrance to the municipal parkling lot…can also cut through an alley way there to 31street and the train station

  20. wayne quartin Says:

    it is at the intersection of 23rd ave and 33rd street in Astotia..today it has beatiful murals

  21. Lou D. Says:

    I know exactly where this is. It is the current metro north/Amtrak overpass located on 23rd. Ave. and 35th. St.. In fact the lamp is still there although the surrounding neighborhood has completely changed. I was born and raised in Astoria and know it like the back of my hand.

  22. johnny Says:

    I correct my earlier post. This is at 33rd and 23rd avenue. The barbershop (now closed) is behind, and a dry cleaners is in the background. The light at the left made me think it was a stairway

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