Moorish Door

On our way tto the anual Linnaean Society of NY dinner I photgraphed the Fifth Avenue Synagogue’s Moorish style door (1927) at 50 East 87th Street, in Manhattan.

Moorish Door 3/12/2019
Moorish Door 2, 3/12/2019

Grace Court Alley

I went to Brooklyn to visit Grace Court and Grace Court Alley. Most of these are good for

There a few gas lights too. Reminded me of London in the 50s when a lamplighter used come light the lamp outside my window every night.

Grace Court

Grace Court Alley

Patchin Place Doors

I had a request from a fellow blogger to show the home of E. E. Cummings (1894-1962). The charming alley he lived in is called Patchin Place next to Jefferson Market Library.

The property that became Patchin Place and Milligan Place was once part of a farm belonging to Sir Peter Warren. In 1799 it was sold to Samuel Milligan, who later conveyed it to his son-in-law, Aaron Patchin. The buildings that now occupy the site were put up in 1848-1852 as boarding houses for Basque waiters and other workers at the nearby Brevoort House hotel on 5th Avenue.

A story: The then modernist writer Djuna Barnes (1982-1982) moved into a room-and-a-half apartment at 5 Patchin Place in 1941. She became so reclusive that Cummings would occasionally check on her by shouting out his window “Are you still alive, Djuna?”.

The even more charming private Milligan Place around the corner on 6th Avenue.