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Rear Window: 1936

Rear Window: 1936

June 1936. "View out of rear window tenement dwelling of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Solomon, 133 Avenue D, New York City. The Solomon family are all on the accepted list for resettlement at Hightstown, New Jersey." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Yoo hoo, Mrs. Bloom!

Aunt Jess, The Goldbergs are back on Netflix. They have only the later (suburban) episodes but I hope they add the earlier and better (IMO) urban episodes.

In an early example of product placement, Mrs. G always had a plant on her windowsill, potted in a re-purposed Sanka can. (Sanka was a sponsor.)

Weather Alert

If indeed, the area in this photo is still extant, and if during a New York City summer, anyone went out on that "patio", the noise and heat exhuasting from the room air conditioners in that immediate vicinity would definitely be hazardous to their health.

Yoo hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

When I see these clothes lines, I expect to see Gertrude Berg's head sticking out of the window. I remember watching The Goldbergs on TV, many years ago.

Lounge area

AKA "TAR BEACH." Ahh, I can feel the sweltering heat of a July day in NY City...amazing.

They Went to Heaven

Resettled to bucolic Hightstown. Very lucky. Those people must have thought they landed in paradise after living in a place like this.


They had a patio!

Sort of the Lower East Side

Depending on who was doing the counting and why they were doing it, "Alphabet Land" (the area just north of East Houston Street) was either considered part of the Lower East Side or not. My Grandparents who immigrated around 1910 spent some time in this area and moved north as soon as they were financially able to. Now this area is on the fringe of gentrification.


Google's satelite photo shows the roof of this still extant building.

Looks like the skylight is still there.

Bet it hasn't been washed since.

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