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 #42


Park Avenue (1957)

4 comments :

dola said...

It was a heady time then and there. The Eisenhower Recession hadn't really hit just yet, Guatemala was an incredible 'pbsuccess' only three years earlier and what came from Le Corbusier's little building nearby wasn't fooling anybody.

Fred said...

If you look beyond the street level, with its pedestrians, cars and awnings, this stretch of Park Avenue really doesn't look that much different 52 years later.

Tommy O'C said...

Yup, that's definitely Park Avenue. In the distance on the left, you can see two or three low-level buildings that are no longer there (with the exception of one, an ULTRA-ritzy athletic club), as well as a skyscraper nearing completion. On the sidewalk right, there are some older buldings that have also gone bye-bye. Not that I belong in that strata regardless, but NYC does love to bulldoze its past (including 277 Park, which had been designed by Mead, McKim and White, and was home to such luminaries as the Kennedys). The line of demarcation seems to have been drawn at 57th Street. North (uptown) of that, Park Ave. is still residential--for the uber-rich, of course.

swac said...

Dahlink I luf you but gif me Flatbush.