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Court Street: 1905

Court Street: 1905

Circa 1905. "Court Street, Binghamton, N.Y." A bustling promenade of law offices and "dental rooms." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Re: The Spot

I love the Spot. It's a family favorite and I eat there at least once whenever I get back in town. Good food in generous portions, good service and reasonably priced. Just up the road from BCC. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

I shudder to think

Of what went on in Denike's Dental Rooms. To this day, the concept of dentistry has a pretty good chance of inducing in me a case of the fantods. I hate going to the dentist. Even so, I faithfully do.

Also I would like to point out -- and bear in mind that I am given to hyperbole -- that I find the welter of wires overhead to be mind-boggling. I wonder that birds did not get de-winged or de-beaked on a regular basis in that town, just trying to fly down and hang out in the trees.

I don't know about the horses making ribald comments about the mare, but BertL managed to crack ME up.

In closing I want to say that every time I hear the words Binghamton New York, I think about a restaurant named The Spot. Perhaps Ad Orientem is familiar with it. On a trip from South Carolina to Quebec, Canada, with my parents to attend my niece's wedding in 2004, we stopped there and had a truly memorable breakfast. Pancakes and coffee, not dentistry, are the way to my heart.

Jud Newing Optician

Found a short biography of the Newing Optician shown on the sign to the left (from the Binghamton and Broome County, New York: A History, Volume 3, 1924 - public domain):

Left on the street

Quite a bit of horse exhaust left on the street back then.

My hometown

Like so many other cities, Binghamton used to be an industrial town with lots of manufacturing. Cigars and shoes were what the area was well known for. My great grandfather ran a cigar factory that was not too far from this location around the turn of the century. Many of downtown Binghamton's older building still survive.

Horse laugh

The two devilish equines at the corner appear to be sharing a private joke.
Judging by it's its hearty guffaw, the horse on the left seemed "cracked-up" by it.

Could it have been a risqué comment his teammate made about the little mare
so cozily-wrapped in a blanket behind them?

There I go, anthropomorphizing again ... kindly forgive me.

Submitted for your approval --

one otherwise unremarkable, small Eastern city. I say "otherwise", because this happens to be ... the Twilight Zone.

Or from whence its creator came. And actually, it looks like most of the (whole) right block has survived (though in a few cases the buildings may have been resurfaced). But regardless, B has maintained a downtown of humanly scaled, and architecturally interesting buildings.

If it's hoping for my approval, it will get it.

Mmmmmmmmmm!

"Dental Rooms" -- that sounds inviting!

"Dental Rooms" building still there

... but not much else. The Binghamton Psychic has set up shop underneath the Dr. Denike's Dental Rooms and may be in contact with the good dentist.

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