Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
A 16 year old student, Ralph Cooper, wrote a detailed
description to induce other boys to enroll.
Published in the New-York Tribune on May 30, 1909, it read:
Dear Little Men and Little Women:I would like to tell you about the High School of Commerce, the school to which I go. This school is situated at 65th street, between Broadway and Tenth avenue. Only boys attend this school.In the basement there is a swimming pool and a gymnasium. The first floor contains several classrooms, an auditorium, seating 1,500 boys, and the principal’s office. The other four stories are made up of classrooms and laboratories.There are many boy organizations in “Commerce.” Literary societies, chemistry and camera clubs and others. Seventy teachers make up the faculty.On Friday afternoons there are interesting assemblies, and often prominent men speak. Sometimes plays and debates are given to interest the students.Boys who wish to get a good business training should by all means go to the High School of Commerce.
Seven years later Lou Gehrig was a sports
phenomenon. On June 27, 1927, he was
invited to award letters to the Commerce athletes and to referee the school
track meet. He had no idea what he was
headed for. The New York Times
reported, “Lou Gehrig was rushed at Pelham Bay Park yesterday afternoon. The star first baseman of the New York
Yankees had this experience when 2,500 youngsters from the High School of
Commerce rushed him at the annual field day of the school.” The famous graduate somehow managed to
perform his duties, as well to sign scores of autographs and baseballs.
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Saturday, May 28, 2022
Almost invariably, there is intelligence in the faces of the women of this nation...But there is, furthermore, kindness of heart evidences in the countenance of this model. That is what I shall attempt to express.
Mr. Simpson was greatly interested in the fine arts and had a collection of paintings which included some of the best works of the old masters. He was a friend of Rodin, and was the owner of what is said to be probably the best private collection of the sculptor's art in existence.
Russell was captured just after midnight Friday when he attempted to rob the house of Mrs. John Woodruff Simpson, at 926 Fifth avenue. He was spotted by a handful of 60 detectives and patrolmen who have waited in doorways and hallways of the Upper East Side for the last month, seeking the acrobatic burglar...The detectives were amazed as they saw the agile colored man shinny up a drain pipe to reach the lower part of the fire escape at the Simpson house. With cat-like efficiency, their quarry hurried up the fire escape and entered the building through a window on the top floor of the five-story house.
Friday, May 27, 2022
The owners of 130 East 38th Street offered it for rent in September 1877, their succinct advertisement reading simply, "To Rent--On Murray Hill, a small house, No. 130 East 38th st." A month later it was home to a dressmaker. High-end dressmakers often worked from their homes, and the best of them could afford to live in refined neighborhoods. The thriving business of this one was reflected in an ad on November 12, 1877: "Wanted--Several thoroughly competent hands in a private dressmaking establishment; references wanted."
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The architectural firm of Thom & Wilson would be responsible for hundreds of rowhouses on the Upper West Side in the 1880's and '90's. In 1887 the partners were hired by developer Bernard Wilson to design a row of ten upscale homes at 601 through 619 West End Avenue, between 89th and 90th Streets. It appears that the Renaissance Revival style houses were designed in five mirror-image pairs, the only significant differences being the placement of the entrances at either left or right.