Posts Tagged ‘Lower Manhattan street’

A cider vender sets up beside the Brooklyn Bridge

January 14, 2013

In contemporary New York City, all kinds of food trucks line up along Union Square, the Meatpacking District, and other crowded areas—hoping to sell their treats to a lunch or late-night crowd.


More than a hundred years ago, the proprietors behind this cider wagon, on the left parked beside the lamppost, had the same idea. They set up shop on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge entrance, across from a busy elevated railroad terminal.

Parkrow1905Food vendors at the time were busy selling buttermilk, pretzels, potatoes, and lemonade. It looks like cider was a popular street beverage too.

The flags in the windows on the left give the impression that a national holiday just happened or is about to occur. The presence of the cider wagon makes me think it’s autumn.

Here’s a slightly different view of the same scene from 1905.

How city kids cooled off in the heat wave of 1953

July 12, 2012

A 10-day heat wave left the city blistering in late summer 1953, with record temperatures in the triple digits scalding the streets.

Luckily these city kids living in the vicinity of today’s Nolita (see the ad for 276 Bowery) knew how to keep cool: They opened a fire hydrant.

Life magazine photographer Peter Stackpole captured these wonderful images: the spray coming out high into the Belgian Block street, then a boy aiming a flood of water at his buddy.

The next shots show other kids joining in, with no street traffic getting in their way. And then a policeman apparently puts a stop to it.

It looked like a lot of fun while it lasted. Amazingly, almost every kid is wearing long pants!