Showing posts with label New York City. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York City. Show all posts

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

Time to Eat?

370 7th Avenue

Just don't try to use this clock to help you make a train at nearby Penn Station.

Or Here

Lou G. Seigel
209 West 38th Street

Having abandoned its restaurant, Siegel's operates a catering establishment on 14th Street. Check out its website, though. There's a cool photo of its original 1930's restaurant and clock!

Abe Couldn't Eat Here Any More

formerly The 2nd Avenue Deli
at 10th Street

A sad chapter in the life of New York City.

A Chase bank has replaced this famous institution.

The Pretenders

Location unknown

The clock says it all: CLOSED.

M T Deli
Third Avenue at 23rd Street

Goldilocks Deli
Out of Business

Smile, though your heart is aching

The delis remain (and some gastronomes want to know why) but the facades have been remodeled clocks removed.

726 8th Avenue

637 9th Avenue


7th Avenue

Friday, August 24, 2007

Canvas The Area

and I'll bet you won't find many advertising clocks like one. In fact, you won't find this one there either.

Matera Canvas
5 Lispenard Street (near 6th Avenue)
Broken and eventually removed

And Store This

Before Fairway moved uptown, we'd use this clock as our mileage marker. When returning from visit upstate, spotting this timepiece from the West Side Highway assured us that we were only minutes from our apartment.

Originally Lee Brothers Warehouse
then Manhattan Mini Storage
571 Riverside Drive at 134th Street
Seth Thomas Clock
Circa 1935

Factor This

I have veered a bit from my original intention . . . to showcase lost/forgotten/broken exterior clocks in Manhattan.

Let me return with one of my favorites, wrecked (along with the entire building) in the late 1990's to make way for the Times Square Redevelopment.

(Factors, by the way, are really bankers, asset-based lenders, to use their own terminology. The firm, in case you are in need of money to jump-start your fashion house, is still in business.)

Originally Commercial Trust Building
then Rosenthal and Rosenthal Factors
1451 Broadway at 41st Street

And another

Central Savings Bank
now Apple Savings Bank
2100 Broadway at 73rd Street
York & Sawyer, architects
Samuel Yellin Studo, Ironworks

Look closely. The wings of these griffins have been removed from their bodies and used as the pedestal for this entranceway's clock. The meaning? Time flies, perhaps

Another Variation

Fuller Building
41 East 57th Street
Walker & Gillette, architects
Ellie Nadelman, sculptor

With a nod to the classical form, Elie Nadelman brought sculpture into the "moderne" age. Gone are the characters from Greek and Roman myth, replaced with the "new" American worker set against the futuristic skyline. Not an inappropriate symbol for the headquarters (the first being The Flat Iron Building, of course) of this New York City developer.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Variation on a Theme

Originally New York Central Building
then New York General Building
Helmsley Building
230 Park Avenue
Warren & Wetmore, architects
Edward McCartan, sculptor
Seth Thomas Clock

Once a temple to Cornelius Vanderbilt and his railroad, this building will stand forever as a monument to the recently deceased "Queen of Mean" Leona Helmsley and her husband, real estate tycoon, Harry. A stipulation agreed to at the time of its sale ordered The Helmsley name to remain on the building in perpetuity. Who says you can't live forever?

The magnificent 24-foot figures surrounding the 45-foot-wide and 19-foot-high clock were created by sculptor McCartan during his three-year tenure on the New York City Art Commission and represent, appropriately, Transportation and Industry. According to the McCartan website, "Transportation, who symbolizes the spirit of speed, rests his arm on a winged wheel of Progress and holds the staff of Mercury. On the right is a female figure, Industry, who embraces a staff in her arm, while resting on a beehive. Several other smaller symbolic figures round out the design including the Liberty Cap."

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Drop Anchor

Anchor Savings Bank
1700 Broadway

Anchor Savings Bank
90th Street and Broadway

Anchor Savings Bank IS still around, but these two clocks -- as well as 8.903% interest -- aren't.

Cross Out Another Bank

File this under "one good turn deserves another." Crossland Savings swallowed The Greenwich Savings Bank and then was swallowed by Washington Mutual.

Crossland Savings Bank
3 West 57th Street at 5th Avenue

Crossland Savings Bank
6th Avenue at 14th Street

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

If Time Were Money . . .

Originally S. Jarmulowsky's Bank Building
54-58 Canal Street
Architects: Rouse & Goldstone

. . . then Sender Jarmulowsky, the former pushcart peddler, would be very rich today. His grand symbol of capitalism lasted a lot longer than his bank, which was shuttered in 1917 amid rumors of fraud.