Leaving Bloomingdale’s on the Third Avenue El

Painter Lionel S. Reiss’ 1946 watercolor, “Going Home (Near Bloomingdale’s and the 59th Street Elevated),” captures a crowd of mothers, shop girls, laborers, and businessmen ascending the packed staircase.

I love the piece of the Chop Suey sign on the right—a vestige of the New York of a long-ago time.

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7 Responses to “Leaving Bloomingdale’s on the Third Avenue El”

  1. Brooks Says:


    I love these slice-of-life drawings and paintings from the 1920s-’40s.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    I agree, there’s such energy and richness. Reiss doesn’t get the acclaim he deserves.

  3. Josie Says:

    Very enjoyable. Captures the feel of that time and place I must now look up Reiss’ other work.

  4. L. Eckstein Says:

    I’m a huge fan of your blog and have awarded you with this stylish blogger award. Here is a link to see what it is all about.

    I love the specific bit of NYC geography captured in this painting.

  5. John Says:

    Hi. Great blog. I’m just curious why you assumed the CH SU in the sign are for Chop Suey?

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