Tenement Buildings

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The last several days I’ve been walking down Bowery and the blocks just on the East and West sides of Bowery, enjoying looking at the building facades. I look at them as sculptures, just enjoying the way that time and the elements have worked on them.

I just finished reading Edward Wallant’s early 60’s novel The Tenants of Moonbloom, about a guy who manages tenement buildings in Manhattan and about the tenants who live in them. There’s a wonderful description of one of the tenement blocks, a block much like those I’ve been visiting. He writes that the block has “the gritty complexity of a broken rock.” I think it’s really one of the finest descriptions of a New York City street ever written.

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This entry was published on December 13, 2007 at 3:09 am and is filed under New York City, Photography. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Tenement Buildings

  1. Hi, thanks for your appreciation on my drawing! I like your notes about building facades!

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