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On The East Side
WHAT is the matter with the east side? writes a friend, whose family homestead was once on Pearl Street.
When Harlem Was A Village
I look back with envy on a long day in June that has impressed on my memory a vivid picture of the quiet village of Harlem as I first saw it—a placid hamlet embowered in trees.
First Brass Band
The organized bands of music in this city are the growth of the last half century. Before that time the drum and fife did duty for the militia when on parade.
Old Days In Yorkville And Harlem
This has been the croak of the raven of speculation over many an old colonial mansion that' was stately even in its decay, but lives now only in memory.
In An Old Tavern
IT has always appeared strange to me that New York merchants seem to know or care so little about the great names that have adorned the commerce of this city.
The Rare Butterfly Table
The butterfly table, as it has been called for the last fifty or seventy-five vears, takes its name from the two wing-like swinging brackets that support the leaves of the top. Whether the craftsman who originated it had a butterfly in mind when he designed these brackets is a question.
Richmond Hill
Instead of being given up to money, fashion, and pleasure, the genuine New Yorker possesses underneath his quiet exterior a heart that pulsates to the history, the growth, and the grandeur of his city.
Harmony In Old Tammany Hall
Another old-time politician whom I remember was Churchill C. Cambreling. One of the most distinguished of the commercial representatives of the city in his day, he has been forgotten this many a year.
Origin Of Some New York Banks
These banks of an older day have had their defeats as well as their victories. There lies before me a little newspaper, yellowed by age, that was issued May 10, 1837, at the crisis of the great panic.
The Unknown Land Of The Bronx
The scenery on the banks of the Bronx River, which is the main feature of the new Bronx Park, has long been the admiration of our painters and poets.
Manhattan Island
Every Manhattanese knows the difference between Manhattan Island and the Island of Manhattan. The first is applied to a small district in the vicinity of Corlaer's Hook.
Old Homes And Haunt
Beyond the wild primeval wood that holds this historic oak stands what seems to me, for situation and surroundings, the most beautiful home in the city.
Columbia College As It Was
In the old programmes of public processions the Faculty and students of Columbia College were always awarded a place of honor.
Genesis Of Fashionable Parks
She has told me often of her voyage up the Hudson, when the country was young. The sloop packet started from a wharf near the Battery.
Echoes Of The Streets
When I walk along lower Broadway in the quiet night, as sometimes happens, I hear the hurry of those footsteps on the deserted pavement.
Broadway In Simpler Days
Everybody walked to and from business when I was' a boy. That is, everybody except those who lived in the outskirts of Greenwich Village and in Chelsea, who went by stages, and except a few invalids and octogenarians.
The Poetry of Everyday Life
In the years in which my feet have trodden these streets I have learned to love them, and out of this love has grown an intimate acquaintance with the dower this city acquired from nature and from history, as well as with the lives and fortunes of its people.
Bowery Village
Another reason for the digression is my chancing in upon a quiet celebration in a forgotten neighborhood a Sunday or two ago, which brought back to me some vivid memories of my visits to the Vestry Street sanctuary.
Queer Street Characters
A QUEER thing is this memory of ours. When we have leisure to overhaul its storehouses, to brush away the dust and restore the forgotten pictures of long ago.
Christmas In Older Days
THERE is one modern improvement which would have delighted my grandmother's heart—the more general observance of Christmas Day.
Houses On The East Side
The city is changed, indeed, since then. Not many months ago I stood at my window on Washington Square, looking out upon a desolate fall day, and hesitating whether to venture into the power of the storm.
Our City Burial Plots
Quaint, and in some respects horribly suggestive, as are the winged heads that adorn many of the burial-stones in the church-yard of old Trinity and St. Paul's, I do not believe that any one would want them changed.
Old Theatres On Broadway
Fancy going down to Chambers Street to meet the beauty and fashion of the metropolis at its most select theatre; and yet it was only yesterday, or not longer ago than the day before!
Claude Lorrain - Teacher
Even Claude attained a decent adequacy in this regard. And because he re-fused to do more, his case is peculiarly instructive.
Sandro Botticelli
Giorgio Vasari was until recent times the last critic who prized the exquisite art of Sandro Botticelli. To have been great and so long forgotten is a pledge of sensational rediscovery.
El Greco
Unlike other revivals, the Greco cult has not been preached in partibus by the middlemen of art; it has grown among the studios of Paris and London, whence it has spread widely.
Goya And His Art
For violent spirits the painter is Goya, and also for wavering souls who seek consolation in the violence of others. Where other artists profess to be, he really is, sinister.
Rembrandt After Three Centuries
During his own life, Rembrandt's fame, once considerable, sank into obscurity. For a full century later he was virtually forgotten. His was the fate of all artists at odds with their times.
Vermeer Of Delft
In his early thirties, Jan Vermeer, of Delft, was conspicuous enough in his native town to be looked up by the French traveller Balthazar de Monconys.
The Painting Of Sorolla
The Sorolla exhibition held by the Hispanic Society in 1910 was a portentous success. Day after day thousands of people bustled each other through the narrow galleries.
Eugene Carriere
We must consent to life, was Carriere's favorite aphorism, and it conveys the spirit of his philosophy.
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