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Free To Use And Reuse

I was recently introduced to the “Free to Use and Reuse Sets” at the Library of Congress website. This is simply public domain material that was already available at the LoC, but grouped together for public use and made easier to navigate. Some of it, for example, comes from HABS/HAER and some comes from the …

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Which Direction Do You Look?

The picture above is from Berenice Abbott’s “Changing New York” project and was taken in 1936. It shows “El Second and Third Avenue Lines, Hanover Square and Pearl Street,” with “El” of course being the shorthand for the New York elevated rail rather than a Spanish article. Every building on the far side of the …

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Semi-Adaptive Reuse

I was walking on the Upper East Side and came across this beauty interesting building. A lot of Manhattan’s garages were originally built as stables, and the way that the doors have been modified suggests that might be what happened here. The modern doors, the sign, and the bad paint job are obscuring what appears …

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New Year’s (4 of 4)

“New Year’s Bells” has a timeless feel to it; “Watching the old Year out and the New Year in” feels like a first draft that’s been revised since that was written. The photo of Mr. Hampton is a nice touch, and must have seemed very modern in 1895. In case you’re wondering – as I …

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New Year’s (3 of 4)

I have no idea who Julius Hartmann was, but a collation for his patrons seems nice. The Washington Building, at One Broadway, was then and is now an office building, so this party may have been less wild than it seems at first. On the other hand, that typeface! That’s the way to end a …

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