intersection 10.1.13

Every Person in New York

Even though your copper cookware won't wear out, it's lined with tin and that does have a shelf life. For nearly 100 years, Atlantic Retinning and Metal Refinishing, originally on West 26th, now in Oakhurst, New Jersey, has been specializing in making your copper cookware worthy of handing down to the next generation… Looking to buy new? Check out Brooklyn Copper Cookware.

Tin Pan Alley was the heart of the music publishing business and popular music in the early part of the last century. Located around 28th and Broadway, it is said to have gotten its name this way (though accounts vary): a songwriter, Monroe Rosenfeld, walked into Harry von Tilzer's office on 28th Street. Von Tilzer, also a songwriter, was playing the piano, but the piano had been muted. Von Tilzer explained that because there were so many composers around, residents had started requesting that they somehow keep the noise down. Von Tilzer responded by sliding newspaper beneath the strings of the piano. Rosenfeld remarked that "it sounds like a tin pan," to which von Tilzer replied, "I guess this is tin pan alley."

Han Solo found buried in carbonite on Mercury.

Jean Silversmiths, 16 W. 45th [5th/6th] 212.575.0723, has been around since 1910, silver central in these parts for repairs, scratch and dent removal, polish, and restoration.

The NY Brass Quintet was formed in 1954 and performed to worldwide acclaim until 1984. Read their bio here.

Zinc is just one of the many metals that Wainlands has been working with for over four decades, fabricating all kinds of metal parts. They also work in brass, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, both hot- and cold-rolled steel, copper, and pewter, all in seemingly unlimited finishes. They used to be on West 17th; now they're in Astoria. Contact them through the website or at 718.626.2233.

At the Met Museum, Italian Renaissance and Baroque Bronze Sculpture through November 17, 2013

We like the tour of the Federal Reserve, 33 Liberty [Nassau/William] 212.720.6130, where billions of dollars of gold sits on Manhattan's bedrock, 50 feet below sea level. (Closed until the government shutdown ends.)

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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