The Flatiron Building rises in the rain and fog

Jessie Tarbox Beals captured this image of a wet winter day in Madison Square, with cars stacked up on the side of the park on the left and the Worth monument and Flatiron building (a mere 18 years old!) on the right.

Tarbox Beals is best known as a pioneering female photographer who won fame for her intimate images of Greenwich Village in the 1910s and 1920s—only to struggle to make a living after the Depression and dying penniless at Bellevue in 1942.

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6 Responses to “The Flatiron Building rises in the rain and fog”

  1. The Flatiron Building rises in the rain and fog | Holiday in New York City Says:

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  2. Zoé Says:

    This is an amazing shot. Even looking at it on my (very old & tiny) phone now the light on the wet pavement shines out of the photo w/ such intense brilliance.

    Is that really the Flatiron! It looks like a castle tower here. The whole thing looks like some ancient town square in Europe vs. a Manhattan commercial district.

    I’d love a print of this. I never heard of her. She has a fantastic name. So many talented & original & really creative people end their lives in poverty & often alone. I’ve been really interested in that lately. It’s sad. Oftentimes their lives were a whirlwind when they were younger. Perhaps their personalities & lifestyle were not suited to aging. If that makes sense… The Countess Marchesa etc. Especially if they had no children or anyone to look after them.

  3. Dymoon Says:

    I agree. this is a great photo!

  4. Chip Says:

    In which year was the picture taken?

  5. ephemeralnewyork Says:


  6. David H Lippman Says:

    Fantastic photograph…that intersection has really changed over the decades. You can’t see the cast-iron lampposts that graced the intersection then and now…only two of the four I knew as a kid are left.

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