12 August 2015

NYC #12: The William Bartham Clock

In Forgotten New York: Views of a Lost Metropolis (2006) Kevin Walsh shows a photo of William Bartham the jeweler's sidewalk clock on Broadway at Maiden Lane: glass a little misty, but the hands and time still clearly visible: this clock had been working since 1899. It had been stepped on for many years, and Walsh cites a 1946 NYPD estimate that 51,000 people had walked over it every day between 11:00 and 14:00. So I was disappointed to find a wooden covering over it a few days ago: the end of an era?

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