1940’s New York: Cityscapes
I realize it has been a while since I have hit you with some great pix from the New York City of old. So today (while waiting for the landlord to turn the damned heat on) I decided to share a handful of images hailing from Manhattan. Enjoy!
On a lark I googled the name of this club. Turns out it was located on 52nd Street and was quite a famous jazz venue in the 1940’s. Here’s what Miles Davis had to say in his biography:
But 52nd street was something else when is was happening. It would be crowded with people, and the clubs were no bigger than apartment living rooms. They were so small and jam-packed. The clubs were right next to each other and across the street from one another. The Three Deuces was across form the Onyk and then across from there was a Dixieland club. Man going in there was like going to Tupelo, Mississippi. It was full of white racists. The Onyx, Jimmy Ryan’s club, could be real racist, too. But on the other side of the street, next to the Three Deuces, was the Downbeat Club and next to that was Clark Monroe’s Uptown House. So you had all these clubs right next to each other featuring people like Erroll Garner, Sidney Bechet, Oran “Hot Lips” Page, Earl Bostic every night. Then there would be jazz going on at other clubs. That scene was powerful. I don’t think we will ever see any shit like that ever again.
Not too sure where this located but I found the old storefronts a lot of fun. You can see a full size image by clicking here.
If you look carefully you’ll notice the store at the far left sells “movie star photos”!
Note the old ad for Bendix washing machines in the background.
Anyone know what this building is? I’ve been knocking my brain about trying to remember. It’s driving me nuts! Oh well.
At least I know where this photograph was taken. I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek at New York City sixty years ago!
P.S.: You can see larger versions of all the previous images on my flickr page.