Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Time Heals All Wounds: September 11th

Survivors all.

St. Paul's Chapel
Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Street
Thomas McBean, Architect
Tower and Steeple
James Crommelin Lawrence, Architect

Some suggest that it was God's hand that helped this steeple withstand the force of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the church's neighbor to the east. But as the oldest (and now only) extant pre-Revolutionary War building, this chapel saw more than its fair share of disasters (including fires in 1776 and again in 1832) before that horrific day six years ago. While its strength might have something to do with the divine spirit, the realist (and architectural preservationist) in me prefers to think that the Manhattan schist from which it was built had a little something to do with it.

Century 21
22 Cortlandt Street
Emory Roth & Sons, Architect
Refurbished and renovated in 2002

Defying the odds, New York's "best-kept" secret" (unless, of course, you've done jury duty downtown) re-opened less than six months after the attack. I shop, therefore I am a New Yorker?

formerly The New York Evening Post Building
20 Vesey Street
Robert D. Kohn, Architect

You might not be able to smoke inside this great old building, but at least you can still buy smokes in its lobby. Another testament to the unfailing (and still burning) New York spirit.

The sculptures on the building's facade were created by Gutzon Borglum, better known for a little group of busts he created in South Dakota.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Out of Fashion

Petticoats or jeans. Times change.

Sneak Jeans
160 Delancy Street

Garment Center Showroom

Gee Whiz

While this manufacturer's showroom was in the city, its factory was in New Jersey. Out of business now, you can still find some of its beautiful hand-rolled scarves on eBay. Alas, not the clock.

Sally Gee
1 West 37th Street

It's Only a Paper Box

Manufacturing -- not shopping -- was once the main business on Lower Broadway. Sadly, most firms have either relocated or gone out of business. Thankfully, A. Fleisig has chosen to stay around. And fix its clock too.

A. Fleisig
434 Broadway

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Taken to the Cleaners

S. Bernier
Broadway and 90th Street

I'll Drink To That

Or not.

E. Halper Liquors
Delancy Street

Life might begin at 8AM, but I'm not sure drinking should. Think this sign would make a cool refrigerator magnet? Click here to purchase one!

Location information lost, along with the clock.

Discount Liquor
Broadway at 105th Street
Demolished in 1991

Still Hungry?

Broken clocks come in all ethnic varieties.

Mexican in Tribeca
Pancho Villa's
Hudson and Duane Street

Italian on the Upper West Side
Panerella's Resstaurant
509-611 Columbus Avenue between 84th and 85th Street

Japanese in Chelsea

Italian on the Lower East Side

Chinese in Chinatown
Silver Palace Restuarant
Canal and Broadway