Archive for February, 2012

Herald Square, 34th and Broadway, Manhattan. July 16, 1936.

NYPL Notes: Looking down on Herald Square, Broadway continues beyond, Macy’s, billboards on corner, left, elevated railroad and square, right. Source: Changing New York.: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

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Photographs from this series taken by Berenice Abbott  for the Federal Projects Administration. Available at NYPL. · Changing New York, 1935-1938.

I’ll Take Mid-Manhattan

An intriguing Q&A at Mid-Manhattan reading last night. Maybe questions so sharp because book has been out long enough for many of the audience to have to read it. One question I’d never gotten before. “Was there anyone who kept a diary with the express intent that someone special would find it and read it?” Actually, yes. The artist/illustrator John Sloan kept a diary for the benefit of his wife, Dolly. She suffered from alcoholism and low esteem. He wanted her to read his entries so that she would know how much she meant to him. They had reputedly met in a house of prostitution. Good marriages come from the strangest unions.