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The sidewalk clock embedded in Maiden Lane

October 10, 2011

New York City is filled with lovely decorative sidewalk clocks—some standing tall on the street, others hinged to a building.

But I don’t know of any others that are actually embedded in the sidewalk, like this Roman numeral beauty underfoot at the northeast corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane.

German immigrant William Barthman opened his first jewelry store nearby at 43 Maiden Lane, then moved it to 174 Broadway at this corner.

When the clock came along is still unclear. According to a 1994 New York Times item, the store manager says “some kind of clock has been there ‘a minimum of 80 to 90 years,’ including a wooden model, an electrical one and the current quartz version.”