Walking past History - Ballet landmarks in NYC?
Posted 28 October 2002 - 01:28 PM
Also having a map would make it easier for non-new yorkers to understand the discussion
By the way (sorry if it's getting a bit off-topic) I think it might be a bit interesting (even if somewhat morbid) to have some list of ballet-related cemeteries... A few years ago, the French magazine "Danser" had made an article with photographs of the graves of many ballet people buried in or near Paris. Are there some famous graves of ballet people in NYC? For example, is Balanchine's tomb there?
Perhaps we could even start an "online ballet graveyard" with scanned photos of tombs or urns... The only one I can offer is that of Isadora Duncan's urn at the Pere Lachaise (last spring my husband's friends organized a weird "bachelor's day" (like a bachelor party) for him which started near the urn of Georges Perec at the Pere Lachaise, and since he noticed Isadora Duncan's name not very far he took a photo of it).
Posted 27 October 2002 - 04:31 AM
The old Met was at 39th and Broadway, and was beloved as the Yellow Brick Brewery by us old denizens. That's what it looked like! The studios at the Met were used by various and sundry renters, and there were also offices where the likes of Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker used to have their mailing addresses. Benchley said of his office with Parker, that "one less cubic inch of space would have constituted adultery"! Legend has it that they spent the first couple of weeks in the office being witty at one another, then realized they were driving one another crazy, so Benchley repainted their door - to read "MEN". They soon had many visitors! The building management objected to this practice and they were ordered to repaint the door - so Benchley renamed the office "Utica Drop Forge and Die Corp."
Posted 27 October 2002 - 08:43 AM
Posted 27 October 2002 - 09:35 AM
And of course, the Joffrey School is still at 434 6th Ave. at the corner of 10th St. The uppermost stories, which were the company's country, are no longer used by the school.
Posted 27 October 2002 - 05:46 PM
Ko-Ko: He's gone abroad!
Mikado: Gone abroad? His address!
Ko-Ko: The Martin Beck!
Martyn Greene, the Ko-Ko in that exchange positively identifies the theater being played by the Savoy company as the Adelphi, and notes that the Adelphi is now (1962) the 54th St. Theater.
Posted 28 October 2002 - 03:47 PM
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Posted 27 October 2002 - 12:49 PM
If so, I'll put it up on the main site
Posted 27 October 2002 - 04:25 PM
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Posted 27 October 2002 - 04:49 PM
Posted 31 October 2002 - 05:53 PM
I knew he'd lived on East 19th, but no one in the neighborhood seemed to know where and I only discovered it by accident a few months later while on vacation in Massachusets. I'd made arrangements to see few pieces at Harvard's Fogg Museum that weren't then out in the galleries, and one was an Elie Nadelman sculpture. After we viewed them, the curator asked if we'd like to see the papers pertaining to each piece. Well, sure. And there in the Nadelman papers was a letter to Kirstein. Oh happy day!
Posted 27 October 2002 - 08:23 AM
It's sad that so many of these landmarks are gone -- the old NYCB/SAB/New York School of Ballet studio, the Empire coffee shop, the Ballet Shop. And that's just what I can think of off the top of my head.
It's sad that Ballet Alley is pretty much gone. In a few years nobody in the theater will even be able to afford to live in the Theater District. Well, that's progress.
Posted 27 October 2002 - 08:19 AM
a map. Spots designated. A walking tour.
Just the sort of thing a researcher with extra time ought to be able to put together for a BA Walkabout....
Now, who has extra time?
I am really enjoyig reading this.....
Posted 27 October 2002 - 05:31 AM
Finis Jung had a wonderful studio on the 2nd floor at 77th and the east side of Broadway.
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