The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Old New York #41

Chatham Square (1904)


Tommy O'C said...

The Third Avenue and Second Avenue Elevated trains, side-by-side, in old New York. I've heard that a ride on the Third Ave El (the only Manhattan El that evoked true nostalgia) was easily the best show in town. Just watching the street life below, and the tenements and brownstones seemingly just beyond reach of the train windows, was an experience not to be missed.

Tommy O'C said...

BTW, Chatham Square is the heart of NYC's Chinatown, and I believe that's the landmark Woolworth Building in the background, right.

Trader said...

Superb picture!

Fred said...

I actually think that large building is on Court Street across from City Hall and is still standing today. The Woolworth Building is just south and west of this building on Broadway.

The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

It's the Municipal Building, NYC's finest example of Stalinist wedding-cake architecture.