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PM Daily, June 8, 1941
“The Cumfort Hotel, an unoccupied flop house at 21 Bowery, was swept by fire yesterday. Battalion Chief Patrick Carey and Fireman Thomas Deady fell from a ladder while climbing to the roof. Here is Deady being taken to a hospital where he was found to be suffering from concussion of the brain. Chief Carey suffered only bruises.
PM Photo by Weegee

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Weegee Daily, June 8, 2013
The Cumfort Hotel, now the Confucius Florist, at 21 Bowery, was swept by… a broom :-)…
WD Photos by Ceegee
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WD Photos by Google Street View…

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WD Photo by Google Street View

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

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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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