The Joy of Living… on Third Avenue

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Weegee, Joy of Living, 1942

Weegee’s photograph was made on Third Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets, facing south. The caption from PM Daily (April 17, 1942, p. 7) reads: “Car Hits 3d Ave. L – One Dies, Two Hurt. 4. Under double-bill movie marquee, body of Stanely was covered with newspapers and coats by policeman. Technical charge of homicide against Frank Whalen, who was taken to Bellvue Hospital for observation. Another passenger, Joseph Mahoney, also was hurt.”

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Brett Weston, Corner of 3rd Ave. and 36th St., New York, ca. 1945

Brett Weston’s view of Third Avenue is of the corner of Third Avenue and East 36th Street, facing north, with sign for the Queens Midtown Tunnel, parked cars, corner storefront in a brick building, elevated subway tracks, and the Chrysler building in the background.

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Lee Sievan, Third Avenue at 35th Street, 1940s

Lee Sievan’s view of Third Avenue was made just below 35th Street, facing north, with a large clock on the sidewalk, people walking, cars, elevated subway tracks, commercial and residential buildings, and the Chrysler building in background.

Several photographs in the ICP archives were made on Third Avenue. I, coincidentally and fortunately, live on Third Avenue. I took a few quick photos at the approximate locations of where the original photographs were made while walking home the other evening. It was a pedestrian re-photographic project…

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