New York

New York City, 1950

New York City, 1950, photo by Elliott Erwitt

New York City, 1950. Photo by Elliott Erwitt. Buy it here.

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Rainy Day

Rainy Day


Library Way

Hemingway plaque

This is from a series of lovely plaques set into the sidewalk pavement on 41st Street leading up to the New York Public Library. Each includes a brief quote, some inspirational, some about books and reading. It took me twenty minutes to go two blocks. I love, also, that this plaque includes Hemingway’s standing desk (though it is rendered with an Escher-esque perspective error on the right rear leg, which is shown in front of the side brace rather than behind it). The plaque reads:

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.

— Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), “Old Newsman Writes,” Esquire, December 1934

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New York, 1950

Walter Sanders - Fog in New York

Walter Sanders
Fog in New York, January 1, 1950

Via Facie Populi

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New York, 1944


André Kertész
West 134th Street, New York, 1944

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After the storm


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Goodbye, summer

Weegee - Coney island Beach

“Coney Island Beach” (1940)
(view in hi-res here; via Aphelis)

Labor Day weekend. Always a melancholy time. Goodbye, summer.

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New York, 1908

Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan bridge under construction, seen from Washington Street, June 5, 1908. The bridge wouldn’t open for another 18 months and wouldn’t be completed for another four years. More newly released historical photos of New York here.

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Harlem, 1946

Pierce Arrow

Mr. Perkins Pierce Arrow, Harlem, New York
Todd Webb

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New York, 1946

Street Market, Suffolk Street, New York

Street Market, Suffolk Street, New York
Todd Webb

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Manhattan, 1959

Broadway at Wall Street

Broadway at Wall Street, New York
Todd Webb

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New York, 1902

Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building under construction, ca. 1902. (Via Library of Congress.)

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New York, 1964

André Kertész – Untitled (woman sunbathing on roof reading), September 21, 1964

Untitled (woman sunbathing on roof reading), September 21, 1964
André Kertész


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Building the Empire State Building

Building the Empire State Building

Empire State Building 2


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Rockefeller Center, New York

Rockefeller Center, New York City


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Penn Station, ca. 1910

Penn Station


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New York, 1958

52nd Street

52nd Street, New York, ca. May 20, 1948. (via)

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Bronx snow melter

Bronx snow melter. Photo by Joseph O. Holmes.

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Mannahatta, 1609

Manahatta 1609

Mannahatta, 1609, as Henry Hudson found it. Reminds me of this:

Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes — a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

More about The Mannahatta Project here and here.

Empire State Building, opening day, 1931

Empire State Building, 1931

Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho (via)

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