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Longacre Square: 1911

Longacre Square: 1911

New York, 1911. "Longacre Square south." Times Square to you and me, with the Rector and Astor hotels flanking the New York Times building, now almost completely encased in electronic signage and launch pad for the New Year's "ball drop." Gelatin silver print by Irving Underhill. View full size.


What's on the roof???

Any Shorpyites out there know who the statue is of -- surrounded by scaffolding -- a few buildings down from the Rector Hotel?

Paradise not so lost

There is a huge ad seen here for the promised beach paradise of Tangier on Long Island. This development was the brainchild of one Frederick J. Quinby, who named it after the original 17th century settler, William Tangier Smith, from whose descendants Quinby bought the land. Quinby and his investors envisioned something like a second Atlantic City growing out on Long Island's beaches. But alas, after the building of a single small hotel it all came to tears, complete with millions of dollars gone missing, a pile of lawsuits, and a would-be developer on the lam. More attempts were made to jump-start the development of the area, but all that bayfront and oceanfront land sat mostly empty for many years to come.

Many years later though the land was successfully developed, as the town of Shirley and the resorts and parks of eastern Fire Island.

Thin Comedy

Appearing at the Globe Theater are Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth in Little Miss Fix It, which is "thin," having "no more plot than the average Broadway musical comedy, which it is not, and not half so many vaudeville specialties to fill in the time."

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