According to the blog calendar, I was on vacation from last #ThursdayDoors until this #1LinerWeds. Although I took a few door photos while in Pittsburgh, I know I have some I’ve used before. I have to sort those out and do a little research. Therefore, today’s doors are borrowed from others, but they all come to me courtesy of Brad Lewis.
Brad is the inspiration for Brad, a.k.a. Skippy the bartender that shows up on Saturdays when the bartender is mean, or making mistakes, or otherwise exhibiting traits I don’t want to associate with Cheryl. Brad isn’t error-prone, or mean and exhibits none of those traits, but we met at a bar where the bartender was/did. Since Brad likes Skippy, the saga continues.
When he’s not posting old New York doors for me on Facebook, Brad is an author, residing somewhere on the west coast, or perhaps lower Manhattan. I have read many of his books. My favorite is “Hollywood’s Celebrity Gangster” a biography of notorious crime figure Mickey Cohen. Brad’s most recent book is “Mickey Cohen a Novel” which is a highly entertaining bit of ‘informed fiction,’ told by Mickey and Brad and featuring some wonderful gangster-era dialog. I highly recommend both.
Thursday Doors is a fun and exciting weekly blog hop dedicated to the love of doors. Doormaster, Norm Frampton sets up shop every week at his blog, shares some interesting doors collected during his travels and opens the comments to door aficionados from around the globe. If you love doors, and want to see/share door photos, head on over to Norm’s site and enjoy.
The photos are described in their captions with the information posted with the photos. I asked Brad if he wanted to say anything, since he contributed the photos and the captions: “Tribeca and Soho in New York can keep you busy for days looking at buildings and doorways.”
1922 – Armbruster …. The former Monument Hotel. At the time of the photo the building houseD an automobile sales and service business. The building was demolished in the 1950s.; “w cor Broadway + Linden Ave Flushing 1922” Brad says: “If you want a reservation, be sure to ask for a high floor, corner room. If you are near the front corner of the building you will be awakened by the milk deliveries.”
A door for Dan – 37th Street….
Opened in 1904, this library isn’t the largest even in Brooklyn, but it has an antiquated charm that makes it worth a stop if you’re a local or happen to be in the area. Architecture buffs will get a kick out of the century-old beaux arts building, which was thankfully saved from demolition in 2013 by City Council. It’s also notable for being the first Carnegie library in Brooklyn
“Two doors for Dan…double points?” Yes, Brad – you get double points
Berenice Abbott is remembered as one of the most independent, determined and respected photographers of the twentieth century. She was born in Springfield, Ohio on July 17,1898. Abbott recounted a lonely, unhappy childhood. However, later in life, she attributed her strong characteristics of self-reliance, determination and independence to her unfortunate childhood experiences.
“A door for Dan – 37th Street…” This is appropriate, since Dan (me) did consulting work for American Thread for about 6 months back in 1982.
Near Corn – Still looking around…found this…
Windsor Tower – Tudor City Complex, Windsor Tower, 5 Tudor City Place, New York County, NYC – Historic American Buildings
Police box – One woman commented: “This must be Dr. Who’s neighbor’s house.”
Villard Houses, 451-457 Madison Avenue & 24 East Fifty-first Street, New York County, – Historic American Buildings….Appearing as a single Italian palazzo, the Villard Houses were actually six residences built around a central courtyard by architects, McKim, Mead and White. One of the firm’s earliest works, this urban complex has remained substantially intact.
“For those of you familiar with SoHo and Tribeca, this is my breakfast place for many years. If you go, tell Nick that I sent ya….The locale inspired part of the trilogy in my book “Dissolution”…….(Varick and Broome)”
2nd Street, west side, between Borden and 51st Avenues, – Queens County Bank, a branch of the Corn Exchange Bank. -Sperr October 25, 1936
Near the bank that was part of the Corn Exchange today. I like the old building better.
Lost Trolleys of Queens and Long Island By Stephen L. Meyers
Brad Lewis: “This has been on my desk for about 40 years….I got it as a graduation present after completing 6th grade”