The slums of dark, forbidding Duane Street

Louis Comfort Tiffany—son of Charles Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co, the famed jeweler then located on Prince Street and Broadway—is better known for his lovely stained glass works.

But as a young man, he studied painting, and from his rented studio at a YMCA he depicted impoverished Duane Street in 1877.

The Belgian block paving is uneven and dirty; a wood frame building appears to house a plumber, while a man out front seems to tinker with potted plants.

It’s certainly not the Duane Street in posh Tribeca we’re used to today.

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5 Responses to “The slums of dark, forbidding Duane Street”

  1. Jules Says:

    I think you might mean “forbidding”, not “foreboding”. That suggests a foreshadowing of evil to come, and it’s certainly gotten better.

    I’ve always wondered — is the drugstore Duane Reade named after the streets?

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks, yes, forbidding is probably more appropriate. I’d always heard that Duane Reade came from the name of the two cross streets the first store, on Broadway, was located between. A good future post idea to look into!

    • trilby1895 Says:

      True. I’d always wondered which came first: “Duane Reade” the store or “Duane” Reade” the streets.

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  4. mitzanna Says:

    Duane-Reade was so named because the original store, still there, is on Broadway between Duane and Reade Streets.

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