Born in East Harlem’s Little Italy in 1902, Daniel R. Celentano studied with painter Thomas Hart Benton as a kid and later worked as an artist for the WPA.
“Festival,” from 1934, features a “lively scene, evoking the scents of tasty Italian food, is overshadowed by the immense natural-gas tanks at the right that once blighted Manhattan’s immigrant slums,” states the Smithsonian website.
“Italian Harlem Street Scene” (I’m not certain of the exact date) is more foreboding.
The cross way in the distance on top of the tenement looks like it’s about to snap in the wind.
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