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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Keep Off the Grass: 1904

Keep Off the Grass: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Gen. Sherman statue at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. Hotels Netherland, Savoy and St. Regis." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Vanderbilt Mansion

If you look to the far right of the 1904 photo of Fifth Avenue at 59th Street you get a somewhat obstructed view of the Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion located at 1 West 57th Street (57th and Fifth). It was the largest private residence in Manhattan at the time and was demolished in 1938.

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Below is the same view from April of 2012 (the trees which used to line the plaza were destroyed in a snowstorm in October of 2011).

Jack Benny

On Jack's radio show, Mary Livingston would stay at the Sherry Netherland , while Jack {in the plot of the radio show} stayed across the street in the "Acme Plaza Hotel" , penthouse 4 flights down. Jack said on the show that he would rather pay Acme Plaza rates , and look out his window at the Sherry Netherland , then pay the price of a Sherry Netherland room and look out over the dump that he was living in..

Hotel Netherland

That's the Hotel Netherland in the background. Built in the 1890's. The current 'Sherry Netherland Hotel' was built on the same site in 1926/27.


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Typical Northerner

As Florence King's grandmother once said, "Just like a Yankee to make the woman walk."

 
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