13-15 South William Street/57 Stone Street, a slice of history. Financial District, New York City.
This area is known as the Stone Street historic district in lower Manhattan. Bound by Stone Street, Pearl Street, and South William Streets and Mill Lane, it is a section that is unlike any of its surrounding blocks. This particular section is bound by South William street. Around the block from this part of the area are other historic buildings and the Stone Street area ‘proper’.
In 1903, the architect C.P.H. Gilbert designed new street facades on the buildings in this section of South William Street (57 Stone Street on the other side). Gilbert’s neo-Dutch Renaissance architecture features structural details like stepped gables and strapwork and was a nod to the early settlement of Manhattan.
This area which dates back to the 1600s when New York City was first colonized by Dutch settlers was sadly destroyed by the Great Fire of 1835. The surrounding section of Stone Street was rebuilt with granite bases of post-and-lintel construction and upper-additions of brick which were specifically erected for importers and merchants.
Doyers Street between Pell Street and Chatham Square. Chinatown, New York City.
There is a brief interview/profile of me up on on Block Avenue currently. Block Avenue is a cool new site that allows users to review blocks, intersections and neighborhoods in New York City.
My favorite block in Manhattan changes constantly but Doyers Street has always been in my top 5. I wrote about the street on Block Avenue here: Doyers Street. Here is the link to my short interview/profile: Talking Blocks With Vivienne Gucwa
Frank Oscar Larson was an auditor living in Queens back in the 1950s who had a passion for street photography. Every weekend he would travel around the city armed with his Rolleiflex camera, photographing the things that caught his eye. After Larson died of a stroke at the age of 68 in 1964, his photographs quietly sat in a cardboard box for 45 years before finally being discovered by his son’s widow in 2009.
I would be completely fine with this. I mean, having a kitchen would be nice, but I’ve never been the type who needs a lot of stuff. My wardrobe is relatively small, and my must-have electronics are pretty compact. For me, it’d be completely worth it to give up having a huge (not-so-eco-friendly) house in order to live in one of the most exciting places in the world. Life experiences are far more important than physical belongings.