arts 05.10.11

Lithograph New York (Part 1)
Every Person in New York

A little time travel, courtesy of The Old Print Shop, 150 Lex [29th/30th] 212.683.3950.

Astor House was built by John Jacob Astor, opened in 1836 on the west side of Broadway between Vesey and Barclay (what is now the block south of the Woolworth, north of St. Paul's). Three years after it opened, the Hartford Courant called it "No. 1 among hotels of the world." Walt Whitman loved it, too, saying it gave "the best appearance of any building in New York." Lincoln stayed there in 1860 when he gave his famous Cooper Union Address. The building was demolished in 1926.
More on the hotel.

Irish textiles importer John "Lord" Clendening had this nice spread at Amsterdam and 103rd called, what else?, Clendening Mansion. The print says the home was on 90th Street between Bloomingdale Road and 8th Avenue, but as The Virtual Design Museum explains, there's general agreement that it was actually located further north.

No, not Retention Bonus Day at Goldman Sachs. Instead, a snapshot of
the U.S. Sub-Treasury Office, when $102,727,648.29 of Money [was] counted in Less than Two Days.

Charles F. W. Mielatz spent over two decades detailing New York's ever-vanishing street scenes. In a 1920 retrospective of his work a year after his death, the Times wrote, "It is difficult to believe that within the last dozen years there was a flourishing market on the corner of Forty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue, but there it is as Mr. Mielatz has made it into a charming picture, a low building, poultry hanging at the front, familiar churches at the background." Mielatz did a series of etchings for Emily Augusta van Beuren Reynolds, part of the Springler-van Beuren clan, one of the oldest Dutch families on the island. The Springler digs, purchased in 1788, spread roughly from 13th to 16th Streets, between 6th and 7th. This one is Number Twenty Nine.

Old Halfway House stood at what is now where Broadway, 8th Avenue and 59th Street meet. The New-York Daily Tribune
called it a "favorite resort."

Even though it wasn't called a World's Fair, the New York Exhibition of 1853, held at Sixth Avenue and 42nd, is often considered New York's first World's Fair. The Crystal Palace, a grand building of glass and iron by George Carstensen and Charles Gildemeister, was designed to showcase the 'industry of all nations'. Destroyed by fire in 1858.

New York City Hall, around 1850, looking northeast.

Travels to a 500-year-old chateau, now a hotel, in the Czech Republic

[Litho NY Part 2 appears on Friday]

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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