I’ve walked and driven past the northeast corner of Reade and Greenwich lord knows how many times in my life but I (understandably) never noticed this teeny tiny thing until yesterday. (158 Reade maybe?) I love small buildings and lots particularly in the often hulking building-scape of NYC and this one makes me think of Gordon Matta-Clark with his funny collections and incisions. It’s a beautiful slice of vanilla cake of a building with a lovely, narrow staircase visible from Reade. By eye it can’t be more than 200sq/ft per floor. I imagine when it was built in the early 19th century (if indeed it’s that old) that it was practically a dock house with the Hudson lapping at it’s door. I need to look into that….
The Kingston Lounge is an incredible blog by Richard Nickel Jr. (a man I don’t know but would love to…) that documents abandoned and decaying buildings and spaces. Above is a photo from a recent entry documenting North Brother Island, but the blog takes its name from its maiden subject, the abandoned Kingston Lounge in Brooklyn. Incredible photography. Check it all out…
Sometimes in this crazy northern town, I emerge from the tunnels and look up, staring into the frozen and dripping lines and ties, and am transported straight to the frigid seas of yore….
My dear friend Jessica sent along this (regrettably out-of-date) Gentlemen’s Companion, a guide to the better gentlemen’s establishments of New York City as published in 1870 and digitally archived by The New York Times. It is a funny little book with classic syntax and typography and a niche glimpse into the city’s historical landscape. Thanks J!