Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Glimpse of Winters Past on the Upper West Side

With the first day of Spring less than a week away, we took a moment to remark on the utter lack of Winter to be had in New York this year.  Unlike "Snowmageddon" of years past, with days on end of snow boots, down jackets and gloves, we've had it pretty easy this year *knock on wood*.  So this post (an oldie but a goodie) from Ephemeral New York seemed like a fun -- and historically appropriate! -- way to remind ourselves of our weather luck this winter.

From Ephemeral New York: Huddling by the stove at the 72nd Street El ...

Berenice Abbott took this February 6th, 1936, photograph of subway riders warming up in the El station at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue. El tracks lined Columbus from 1879 to 1940.

The paneled windows, wooden turnstiles, and decorative border along the interior wall are some rather old-fashioned touches for a public train station. And when was the last time you saw a pot-bellied stove in the subway? Gives the photo quite a homey feel.

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