CROW’S NEST RESTAURANT
By Sophie L. Lauffer, Brooklyn, N.Y.
From the book Pictorial Photography in America 1921
John Sloan: The Lafayette (1927)
via The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sloan was known for his urban genre painting and ability to capture the essence of neighborhood life in New York City, often through his window. He has been called “the premier artist of the Ashcan School who painted the inexhaustible energy and life of New York City during the first decades of the twentieth century.”
Central Park, New York, 5th Avenue And 59th Street by Johann Henrik Carl Berthelsen
Berthelsen (1883 – 1972) was a prominent and prolific American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban scenes.
ISSAC SOYER, 1902 – 1981
Employment Agency, c.1937
Whitney Museum, NYC
Soyer, a social realist painter, often portrayed working-class people of New York City in his paintings, Employment Agency being his most notable.
The elevator ejects you. You are taken into dazzling daylight, into what is modestly called a business office; but it resembles in its grandeur no European business office, save such as may have been built by an American. You look forth from a window, and lo! New York and the Hudson are beneath you, and you are in the skies. And in the warmed stillness of the room you hear the wind raging and whistling, as you would have imagined it could only rage and whistle in the rigging of a three-master at sea. There are, however, a dozen more stories above this story. You walk from chamber to chamber, and in answer to inquiry learn that the rent of this one suite-among so many-is over thirty-six thousand dollars a year! And you reflect that, to the beholder in the street, all that is represented by one narrow row of windows, lost in a diminishing chess-board of windows. And you begin to realize what a sky-scraper is, and the poetry of it.
Excerpt from Your United States, Impressions of a first visit
Author: Arnold Bennett
Illustrator: Frank Craig
Now in e-book
The setting sun shone down Manhattan’s 42nd Street late Monday in the biannual event known as ”Manhattanhenge,” when the setting sun aligns itself with the city’s east-west grid and shines down all gridded streets at the same time. (Shen Hong/Xinhua/Zuma Press)
1933 (04-19) Rollerskating on the roof of Roosevelt Hotel (by straatis)
19 Apr 1933, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA —- A Roller Skater? Here’s Your Costume. Are you a devotee of the new roller skating fad now popular among members of the smart set? Then here are the costumes you should wear according to the dictates of Dame Fashion. Miss Theresa Townsend (left) and Miss Joan Hamilton are wearing the jersey “sylo-jamas” in red, white and blue during a period of skating on the roof of Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The Empire State building is in the background. —- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
I’m imaging my mother doing this. She didn’t leave New York until 1936, age 15.
New York. December 5, 1933. “Rockefeller Center and RCA Building from 515 Madison Avenue.” Digital image recovered from released emulsion layer of the original 5x7 acetate negative. Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho.