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New York Post, November 17, 1939
Street Scene in New York
After the guns ceased barking and the gunmen fled, neighbors peered from the fire escape and almost every window last night for a glimpse of the body of Anthony Greco, slain in front of his own cafe at 10 Prince Street.
Associated Press Photo”

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Ceegee, November 17, 2014
Balcony Seats At A Brunch… Balcony Seat While Shopping in Noho…

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New York Post, November 17, 1939
Street Scene in New York
After the guns ceased barking and the gunmen fled, neighbors peered from the fire escape and almost every window last night for a glimpse of the body of Anthony Greco, slain in front of his own cafe at 10 Prince Street.
Associated Press Photo”

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LIFE, November 27, 1939
Murder in New York
“After dusk on Nov. 16, Angelo Greco stood smoking outside his cafe in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Emerging from the darkness, a man drew a gun, fired four shots, fled into the night. Greco tumbled dead in his doorway. From windows above, heads popped out. Police cars screamed into the street. Close in their wake arrived Arthur Fellig, famed free-lance photographer (LIFE, April 12, 1937) who sleeps behind police headquarters, has a short-wave radio in his car. He listened briefly while neighborhood folk stolidly disclaimed knowledge of the murderer, then stepped back and photographed this dramatic street scene.”

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Weegee, Naked City, pp. 78-79, 1945
“Balcony Seats At A Murder
This happened in Little Italy. Detectives tried to question the people in the neighborhood… but they were all deaf… dumb… and blind… not having seen or heard anything.”
Weegee, Naked City, p. 79

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Street Scene in New York
After the guns ceased barking and the gunmen fled, neighbors peered from the fire escape and almost every window last night for a glimpse of the body of Anthony Greco, slain in front of his own cafe at 10 Prince Street.
Associated Press Photo”
New York Post, November 17, 1939

Murder in New York
“After dusk on Nov. 16, Angelo Greco stood smoking outside his cafe in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Emerging from the darkness, a man drew a gun, fired four shots, fled into the night. Greco tumbled dead in his doorway. From windows above, heads popped out. Police cars screamed into the street. Close in their wake arrived Arthur Fellig, famed free-lance photographer (LIFE, April 12, 1937) who sleeps behind police headquarters, has a short-wave radio in his car. He listened briefly while neighborhood folk stolidly disclaimed knowledge of the murderer, then stepped back and photographed this dramatic street scene.”
LIFE, November 27, 1939

“Balcony Seats At A Murder
This happened in Little Italy. Detectives tried to question the people in the neighborhood… but they were all deaf… dumb… and blind… not having seen or heard anything.”
Weegee, Naked City, 1945, p. 79

“One of the best pictures I’ve made… I got up nine o’clock one night, and I says to myself, I’m going to take a nice little ride and work up an appetite. I arrive right in the heart of Little Italy, 10 Prince St…. This was a nice balmy hot summer’s night… Some of the kids are even reading the funny papers and the comics… To me this was drama, this was like a backdrop. I stepped all the way back around 100 feet, I used flash powder… Of course the title was “Balcony Seats at a Murder”… That picture won me a gold medal [see below]… I try to humanize the news story. Of course I ran into snags with the dopey editors…”
Famous Photographers Tell How… ca. 1955
(Weegee talking about how he made his amazing photo can be heard on the Weegee’s World website.)

“At 6:45 P.M., on November 16, 1939, A Lone Gunman Shot Angelo Greco in the doorway of his candy store at 10 Prince Street in Little Italy. Greco who had a long history of arrests, fell dead with four bullets to the head. The gunman dropped his weapon beside the victim and disappeared into the panicked sidewalk crowd… police dutifully recorded the interior of Greco’s poorly stocked store and the location of the body…”
Murder Is My Business, p. 72

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Weegee Dans Ls Collection Berinson, pp. 188-189

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Murder Is My Business, pp. 72-75

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A few years ago we made this related post, that pointed out the Editor and Publisher News Photo Contest prize award on the wall above his bed, in his home:
Balcony Seats at a Prize… Freelancer Fellig’s a Winner!


Popular Photography, May 1940, pp. 44-45
Freelance cameraman Arthur Fellig’s a Prize Winner! (Perhaps not surprisingly, Fellig’s the only freelancer, and May 1940 is before he was widely known as Weegee…)
“Balcony Seats at a Murder” is included in the 5th Annual Exhibition of the Press Photographers’ Association of New York and Editor and Publisher News Photo Contest…
(You won’t see this one on too many bibliographies…)
Is that the Alan Fisher? A future colleague at PM? And the William Klein? And the Joseph Conrad?
A pre-PM free-lancing Fellig was understandably proud of winning the Editor and Publisher Prize… In February 1941, the beginning of his most productive year as a photographer, the award was still on his wall…


Weegee, [self-portrait], 1941

Several years ago we made this related post:
Balcony Seats at a Blog…

Weegee, Naked City, 1945
Balcony Seats at a Murder…
10 Prince St. New York, N.Y. ca. 1939


10 Prince St. New York, N.Y. March 3, 2008


10 Prince St. New York, N.Y. Septemeber 17, 2011

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10 Prince St. New York, N.Y. Septemeber 17, 2014

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Weegee, Naked City, pp. 78-79, 1945
“Balcony Seats At A Murder
This happened in Little Italy. Detectives tried to question the people in the neighborhood… but they were all deaf… dumb… and blind… not having seen or heard anything.”
Weegee, Naked City, pp. 78-79

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Weegee (and Ceegee), Not the Naked City, pp. 78-79, 1945 – ca. 2010

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Weegee (and Google Maps), Not the Naked City, pp. 78-79, 1945 – ca. 2010

(to be continued…)

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PM, June 4, 1943
City Board Cuts Down on Heat Wave Scenes Like This

Enjoying life while they may, this happy group of youngsters ducks the 89 degree heat under a shower at the Monroe St. Playground unaware that as they cooled off that the Board of Estimate had been doing its bit to cut down on scenes like this. The board prepared for the hottest months by slashing playground and recreation funds to the bone, dropping 82 playgrounds and limiting hours of use.

Dozing New Yorkers are still creatures of the soil – with thousands of others this heat bedeviled citizen takes to the Park and grass. Temperature at midnight was 83 and the parks were still populated.

These kids took matters into their own hands until the cops turned off the hydrant. This was Cherry St. on the Lower East Side, but the scene was duplicated many places.
PM Photos by Weegee

Weegee Daily, June 4, 2014
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Enjoying life while they may, (YOLO) this happy group of youngsters skates and rides in the 81 degree heat under the Manhattan Bridge at the Coleman Square Playground unaware that as they skated and biked the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation have planted 865, 159 trees… And according to nycgovparks.org

New York has come a long way in building an environmentally-sustainable future, and with more than 29,800 acres of parkland, we are well on our way to becoming the greenest city in America. Our city’s parks improve quality of life for all New Yorkers, and over the last 12 years, our Administration has invested $5 billion in rebuilding, revitalizing, and preserving these essential resources…
We have also worked to ensure that these spaces provide our residents with opportunities to enjoy outstanding art and innovative design. NYC Parks curates the largest municipal outdoor art museum in the United States, with a permanent collection of 1,000 monuments and art pieces installed across the city and more than 30 temporary exhibits showcased each year. Our green spaces are a study in good design as well, seamlessly blending the natural landscape with manmade structures and paying homage to the rich history of New York.

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Skating New Yorkers are still creatures of the air and the wheels – with thousands of others this pink clad citizen takes to the park and the concrete. Temperature at midnight was 71.

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No kids… This was Cherry St. on the Lower East Side, but the scene was duplicated many places…

This was a small discovery. We didn’t see this page or these photos in any bibliography…
WD Photos by Ceegee

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PM Daily, June 2, 1944
A Weegee Gets Attention At Museum of Modern Art
The big picture at lower right is the center of attraction in Weegee’s section of the Art in Progress photo exhibition now on view at the Museum of Modern Art…

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Weegee Daily, June 2, 2013
A Weegee Gets No Attention At Museum of Modern Art
Deservedly Dieter Roth did… And Claes and Andy and…
(When was the last time photographs, in a museum, received such physical and comical attention, with or without a “No Photography” sign…)
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Maybe, for a few brief moments we can not be as myopic as we usually are; we can lift a our Weegee blinders, our Weegee colored glasses, for a few seconds… What else was going on in the world on June 2, 1944?
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Locally, a chlorine “heavy greenish-yellow” gas leak effected hundreds in Brooklyn… And more importantly:
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And most importantly, a roller-skating extravaganza!
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To be continued…

PM Newspaper 1941
PM Daily, March 19, 1941, Vol. I, No. 196, p. 32
Tenement Fire On Lower East Side Drives 50 Families Into Cold
“Down in one of New York’s poorest districts, half a hundred families are crowded into an old house at 90 Stanton St. Fire started in an adjacent tenement, was sucked through the air shafts by the high wind, almost smothering all of those who lived there. Here is a rescue.”
Photo by Weegee

PM Newspaper 1941

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Weegee Daily, March 19, 2014
No Fire On Lower East Side… Sun Sets on Lower East Side…
An adjacent building is no tenement… Looks like the rat trap in the lower right corner is still there… (“No Beggars or Peddlers” a sign in 1941 says… “Notice: No Loitering, No Peddling, No Soliciting, Allowed in this Building” a sign in 2014 says…)
One of the best PM back covers…

Our March 19, 2013 Weegee Daily post is here…
Photo by Ceegee

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PM Daily, February 20, 1942, p. 5
Sailors and longshoremen in Park Row Saloon yesterday were arguing about war. Someone pulled a knife. Police found nine men in various states of consciousness from park Row to Frankfort St…
PM Photo by Weegee

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Weegee Daily, February 20, 2013
Sailors and longshoremen are long gone…

(Approximate location.)
Weegee Daily photo by Google Street View

To be continued…

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PM Daily, February 19, 1943, p. 17
Dog’s Barks Are Ignored, Couple Suffocates in Fire
Neighbors yesterday afternoon ignored frantic barking by Snappy, a Spitz… Soon after Snappy became quiet, smoke poured from the Mickells’ flat at 278 Ave. B. Firemen who answered an alarm found the couple and Snappy had been suffocated by smoke from a kerosene heater that exploded in the kitchen…
In the foreground, covered, is the body of Mickell. His faithful dog was at his side until the end. Mrs. Mickell’s body is in the bedroom.

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Weegee Daily, February 19, 2013
Approximate location of 278 Ave. B… (The top photo appeared on p. 32 in some editions of the February 19, 1943, PM Daily.)

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