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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

MacDougal Alley

This is the second of the Village alleys I am featuring. Most of the small buildings on this charming gated cul-de-sac were built in the 1830s as stables for the larger homes on Washington Square North and 8th Street, much as those on Washington Mews (see my post from 9/9/06). As the well heeled moved uptown, however, this alley became quite seedy. According to an article by Christopher Gray, the alley was rescued by sculptor Frederick Triebel in 1902; by 1906 the street was already a fashionable art district. In 1907, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney had a studio there and later established the Whitney Museum on 8th Street. There is a longer roster of well known artists and sculptors who have resided here. Originally the alley went from MacDougal Street to Fifth Avenue until the behemoth 2 Fifth Avenue was built in 1955 (the large building in the center of the photo). MacDougal Alley had the last remaining gaslights in NYC ...


Curly said...

The street has a distinctly British look about it Brian. It could easily be in London.
Nice viewpoint.

Curly's Photoshop

Irredento Urbanita said...

Some doors are not open for us.

Greetings from Perú

P.D. can I ask you a question? why didn't you upload a pic about 11-S ?

Brian said...

If you mean 911, I did actually go down to the site last nite and shot many photos - I was not happy with any of them. There were so many good photos taken from outer boroughs and New Jersey, I decided to go with something else.

Curly - Yes it does look like London, except you have a myriad of these wonderful alleys and lanes! In NYC, there are only a tiny handful.

Mile Stones said...

I was just commenting on the likeness of Washington Mews (Saturday) to mews in parts of London, but when I studied this one, I could see that it actually bears traces of a lot of North-Western Europe - besides London, I see Holland, Belgian Flanders, Luxembourg, even some Northern France. Well, it was New Amsterdam, after all (but not by 1830, right?). Great post.

olivier said...

Superbe partie de New York. J'adore le village, on y trouve des petits jardins dans des petites cours. Des endroits en dehors du tempo de la ville. (j'ais decouvert a mon dernier voyage le Sir Winston Churchill Park que j'ais bcp apprecie)

olivier said...

Une photo de la grande Berenice Abbott de 1936 : MACDOUGAL ALLEY

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