Photo by Corey William Schneider/NY Adventure Club
The National Arts Club is one of those stately private clubs, designed by Calvert Vaux, one of the designers of Central Park and John LaFarge. For a refresher look at photographs inside this Gilded Age club, see our previous tour inside here. It was LaFarge who created the stained glass windows for the building, which was a combination of two existing brownstones, and the amazingly named Donald McDonald, who created an impressive stained glass dome for the structure. Recently, the New York Adventure Club gained access to the space above the dome during a tour.
Shopsin’s Genreal Store in Essex Market Image via Marvilous Me
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Going back into the archives, WNYC has a great interactive “Lost Subways” map that showcases the abandoned or never-completed subway stations of New York City, as well as never built lines. It’s a great tool to go along with our popular article on 7 of NYC’s abandoned subway stations. Here’s a quick rundown:
Children playing with a standpipe © Todd Webb/21st Editions
Todd Webb was a tremendously talented photographer, who took masterly, sensitive portraits of New York and its citizens during the ’40s–but most people have never heard of him. A modest man, only interested in improving his craft, few recognized his genius even while he was at the height of his powers. Whilst rarely being noticed by the public or critics, Webb was respected by his creative peers and he became close friends with legendary photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his artist wife Georgia O’Keeffe.
Like that of Vivian Maier, Webb’s work is being discovered by a new generation. Now his photographs have been collected in a limited-edition book, Todd Webb: New York, 1946, by 21st Editions, which also contains selected entries from Webb’s journals.
Let’s be clear off the bat: the AMC show, TURN: Washington’s Spies, about the Culper Spy Ring that was based in Setauket, Long Island, is filmed in Richmond, Virginia. Given that Setauket has evolved from a small hamlet to a town of over 15,000, finding film locations that look 1776 bucolic are difficult. But, many of the homes and buildings referenced in the show are still standing, in this town that has always celebrated its history. These days, that sense of pride is heightened, with spy ring tours, new historic markers and Revolutionary War talks. In this article, we’ll compare and contrast the actual locations in the show with their cinematic counterparts in both Setauket and New York City.
The 1962 Subway “Bar Car’. Image via The Subway Maven
Drinking an alcoholic beverage on the subway today would probably get you ticketed or arrested but this was not always the case. Alcohol was actually a served along the subway, as reported by The Subway Maven. In the early 1960s, New York City’s Transit system was in the middle of a massive cleanup campaign. As a way to promote it, the Metropolitan Transit Authority created “a bar car” in January of 1962, a one-time publicity stunt for the campaign.