Bill Cunningham, Municipal Asphalt Plant (built 1944), East 90th Street at the East River, 1968-76. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham
While Robert Moses once called the Municipal Asphalt Plant “the most hideous waterfront structure ever inflicted on a city by a combination of architectural conceit and official bad taste,” Bill Cunningham took inspiration from this “Cathedral of Asphalt” as one of the backdrops for his Facades project.
Born today in 1853: American illustrator Howard Pyle.
Howard Pyle (1853–1911), Hamilton Addressing the Mob: Study for the Illustration in “Harper’s New Monthly Magazine” (October 1884), 1884. Watercolor, black ink and wash, and gouache on card. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of George A. Zabriskie, 1951.378
“Great Curling Match on the Central Park Pond Between the St. Andrews and Caledonian Clubs. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, February 17, 1872. New-York Historical Society, Geographic File, PR 20.
February 26, 1870: Alfred Ely Beach debuts his surprise invention, a luxurious, airblown “Pneumatic” subway that extends for one block under Broadway at Murray Street; it attracts many curious paying riders but is not developed further.
The Beach Pneumatic Subway Tunnel under Broadway, 1873. New-York Historical Society # 70265