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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

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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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PM Daily February 19, 1941, pp. 16-17
The Boys Who Used to Run Firemen’s Errands Are Grown Men Now… …Chasing Fires With Buff Badges Pinned on Their Coats
“…I found the buffs to be a nice bunch of sociable fellows. If I wasn’t paid by PM for going to fires I’d join the Fire Bell Club and do it for a hobby. But only in summer time, not on Winter nights when press camera shutters freeze. Camera men freeze on cold nights, too, while we’re on the subject.”
PM Photos by Weegee

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Weegee Daily, February 19, 2013
The Boys Who Used to Run Are Grown Men Now… Chasing Balls in the Buff
Fascinating and lengthy (and heavily edited) text by Weegee… The Fire Bell Club (119 West 33d St. in 1941), are still active, their website is here… “Typical fire buff,” Gordon R. Mullins is in a few of these photos… More info about “Moon” Mullins is here…
Weegee Daily Photos by Ceegee

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PM Daily, February 9, 1941
Murder in the Rain… Hell’s Kitchen Style
This is the picture story of the careful man who remembered to put on his rubbers but failed to watch out for death. Weegee took the photo and wrote the title… Weegee said: “He was going into his home on W. 48th Street when an unknown man fired three shots and ran toward 10th Avenue. Nobody saw or heard any shots… so they said.”

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Weegee Daily, February 9, 2013
No Murder… No Rain… No Snow… Hell’s Kitchen Style
Weegee as photographer and reporter (and poet!)… We recently saw a horizontal version of this image (the printed version is perhaps a third of the un-cropped image) and the legs in the upper left corner are more obvious… Perhaps the square in the foreground, in the sidewalk, is the same in both of the above photos… Perhaps coincidentally, Weegee’s future home was behind and a few doors west of this location…

This is the picture story of a careful man who remembered to make this photo before the blizzard arrived. Ceegee took the photo and wrote the title. About the photo of a 73 year old crime scene, in what critics call a continuation of a boring and profoundly unoriginal blog, Ceegee said: “I was gradually going home, walking past W. 48th St., before going to B&H Photo, and perhaps an old bakery, when I fired about ten shots and walked toward 10th Avenue. A few people, walking home, walking dogs and/or children, saw the shots… if so, they didn’t say.”

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(A few easily google-able news clippings…)

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PM, February 3, 1942, p. 11, Vol. II, No. 164
Off Duty Cop Does Duty, Kills Gunman Who Tries Stickup
The boys were playing a little pool and cards in the Spring Arrow Social and Athletic Club, 344 Broome St., near the Bowery last night. Patrolman Eligio Sarro, off duty, went in for a pack of cigarets. Four men entered. “This is a stick-up,” the leader muttered. Sarro was a little slow getting his hands out of his overcoat pockets. “Get ’em up,” ordered the leader, Sarro did. One hand held a gun. When he got through firing, the leader was dead.

The usual curious crowd gathered after the gunman, fatally wounded, staggered from the entrance. He was about 22, dark and chunky. Police said he was Andrew Izzo with a record of six arrests.

Patrolman Sarro smokes a cigaret a few minutes after he dropped the gunman. He’s assigned to the Empire Blvd. precinct in Brooklyn. He lives only a few doors from the club.
PM Photos by Weegee

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Weegee Daily, February 3-4, 2013
Off Duty Photographer Does Duty, Shoots Photo…
The boys and girls were looking at lights and bulbs in the Grand Lighting and Parts, 344 Broome St., near the Bowery tonight…

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344 Broome St., February 4, 2013

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NY Times, February 3, 1942

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PM Daily, January 27, 1941, Vol. 1, No. 159, p. 14
Not London’s Famous No. 10 Downing St., but Manhattan’s very own. Weegee found it in the labyrinth of criss-cross streets known as lower Greenwich Village. If you are looking for a modern hideaway apartment or store and want to say, “I live at 10 Downing Street,” it’s your dish. Take West Side IRT to Sheridan Sq. or take Independent to Washington Sq., bear south to Sixth Ave. and Bleecker St., then look close. The map may help. There are people who have lived in the Village for years and don’t know where it is.

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Weegee Daily, January 26, 2013
Not London’s Famous No. 10 Downing St., but Manhattan’s very own. Ceegee found it in the labyrinth of criss-cross streets known as lower Greenwich Village. If you are looking for a coffee shop, bank, restaurant, modern hideaway apartment or store and want to say, “I live at 10 Downing Street,” it’s your dish. Take the 1, Broadway-7th Avenue local to Christopher St./Sheridan Sq. or take the A, B, C, D, E, or F to West 4th St… (The above photo is surprisingly almost an exact match, it’s hard to see as a little JPEG, but the buildings and painted wall sign have barely changed in 62 years…)
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From to a popular (un)real estate website: 10 Downing St.: “Built in 1941, this beautiful six-story building is just as charming and unique as it was 70 years ago. With upgrades to the lobby, elevators and many apartments, the city’s most discriminating New Yorkers proudly call 10 Downing Street home.”
And with 700 sq. ft studios renting for $4,000, they may be discriminating, but I wouldn’t be very proud of that rent…”10-downing-st copyScreen shot of a popular (un)real estate web site.

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PM Daily, Vol. 3, January 27, 1941, No. 194, p. 8
Blaze Makes 200 Homeless, Kills One and Injures Seven
A four-alarm fire swept the upper floors of the six-story apartment house at 552 Riverside Dr., near Claremont Inn, during snow storm early yesterday morning. By the time the fierce blaze was brought under control, 200 people were homeless, one tenant had been suffocated, another was cut by glass, and six firemen were hurt.
Many of those forced to the street in scanty attire were students at the nearby Juilliard School of Music. Tenants in nearby buildings sheltered many of the homeless. A tailor around the corner on Tiemann Pl. converted his shop into a refuge, and 60 of the younger tenants were taken to Knickerbocker Hospital [Founded in 1862; 70 Convent Av., Manhattan, now apartments – according to wikipedia] for the night. The Red Cross precinct disaster service swung into action, supplying clothes and funds for those who needed them.

When the flames got to work on the metal cornice it burned with this blowtorch effect, the glow being visible across the Hudson.

Tenants got off the upper fire escapes just before they were enveloped by flames. Cause of he fire was not determined.

This girl musician is laughing hysterically. She saved her precious violin, but dashed to the street in nightgown and without shoes.

PM Photos by Weegee

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Weegee Daily, January 27, 2013
No Fire Yesterday or Today… The building is pet friendly…

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Perhaps coincidentally, currently there is a sixth floor apartment available, for sale, for $369,000. From a real estate website: the building was built in 1910; the building has 68 units, 6 floors, a live-in super, common court yard, bike storage, storage, fitness center and central laundry room. The building is pet friendly. 60 years ago today, it’s very likely that this apartment was damaged in the above fire…
Weegee Daily Photos by Ceegee

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(To be continued…)

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PM Daily, January 27, 1941, Vol. 1, No. 159, p. 32
New York Chinese Welcome New Year to Pell Street in a Snowstorm
In the Chinese calendar, today is New Year’s… Chinatown welcomed it at midnight with the traditional lion dance to drive away evil spirits. Weegee made this picture of the ceremony from a fire escape above headquarters of the Hip Sing Chinese Association, 15 Pell St…

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Weegee Daily, January 27, 2013
New York Chinese Do Not Welcome New Year on Pell Street after a Small Snowstorm
In the Chinese calendar, today is not New Year’s… Ceegee made these pictures from Pell St., in front of the Hip Sing Chinese Association, 15 Pell St. (That building probably has not changed much in 62 years.)

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PM Daily, January 26, 1941, Vol. 1, No. 32, p. 32
Winter From Empire State Building
Snow was almost gone from pavements yesterday, but it lay thick on skyscraper roofs. No traffic there, 5 to 10 degrees colder.
PM Photo by Weegee

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Weegee Daily, January 26, 2013
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall from Google Maps… Or, Winter from above the Empire State Building
Snow was lingers on pavements and curbs yesterday, but it lay on skyscraper roofs. No traffic there… (Too lazy and cheap to go to the top of the Empire State Building… With the magic of Google maps and Photoshop…)

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