Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Kelsey Building, located at 101 W. State Street, Trenton, is the original home of Thomas Edison College, built in 1911. The Kelsey Building was initiated by Henry Cooper Kelsey, New Jersey's Secretary of State for 27 years. Kelsey initiated the project to memorialize his wife Prudence, who died in 1904.
The Kelsey Building was designed by one of America's most famous architects, Cass Gilbert, designer of the Woolworth Building in New York (America’s first skyscraper). He modeled the Kelsey Building after the Palazzo Strozzi. This palace, a favorite of Prudence Townsend Kelsey, was built in Florence, Italy, in 1489.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Today, when one ventures down the west side of lower Manhattan, at the foot of 14th Street and near the West Side Highway, there may not seem to be any immediate connection to the great Atlantic Liners of yesterday. However, upon closer inspection, there are many reminders of a bygone era. Perhaps [most significant] is an abandoned pier given the simple number "54". This pier was operated by the Cunard Line. In 1912, this pier was where the Carpathia landed all 705 of the Titanic's survivors. Three years later, this was the pier from which the great Lusitania departed on her last and ill-fated voyage. Pier 54 was just one of a series of piers built along the lower west side of Manhattan. At the time of the Lusitania's maiden voyage in 1907, only a slab stretching into the North River existed; however, the inadequacies of working without a proper docking facility became manifest quickly. In response to the growing size of the Atlantic liners, the city of New York began to construct the piers that would become famous. (from Atlantic Liners)from West Side Highway today
Two grandly carved lintels which no doubt greeted passengers beginning in 1912 -- now forgotten, abandoned, but still beautiful with their wings of promise.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
And here he is, counting the days' receipts
In the 50s and 60s the "King" label was a prized part of diner and fast food iconography. You saw Super King, Burger King, King Malt, King of Foods everywhere in anywhere USA
It may be working class, but La Parisienne has a taste for the better things, like their yummy banana pudding...next time I try the chops