NEW YORK , NEW YORK
1893 - 2003
THE KNAPPS LIVED
& WORKED HERE
In October of 2003,
I paid two more visits to the Big Apple and while I was there
visited a few more "Knapp Locations" . Some were for
the first time and some were for a second but different look.
PARK ROW 1893
Just south of City Hall
, it was known as "newspaper row" in the 1890's as all
the major papers were located there. It was the home of one of
J. P. Knapp's few business disasters The New York Recorder 1891
Park Row October 2003
The Recorder folded
in October 1896
has fared a little better at this location. #2 On
Map Below They have the larger building on the right too.
© map courtesy
2 : New
York Recorder Park Row 3
: Major & Knapp 52-56
4 : World Trade Center Property Star : Met Life's First Office @ Church & Park Pl.
5: BROOKLYN BRIDGE
It was a beautiful sunny fall day.
Our next stop was 2 blocks north westerly to the corner of Church
St. and Park Pl. As we walked towards it, I could not help but
realize as we crossed Broadway , I was in the exact spot the camera
was that recorded the first plane hitting the WTC. City Hall was
just over my left shoulder & I thought of Mayor Guiliani and
Co running out and all those New Yorker's who were there that
day. The ones still on the street and the ones inside the buildings.
When we reached Church Street, I was struck by the huge space
that is now at the end of it. Although my purpose was to look
at what history I could, from over 125 years ago, recent history
makes it's presence felt in the entire area.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Building
At Church & Park Place circa 1870's
viewed from South East Church
SAME INTERSECTION TODAY
Looking West Down Park Place From
North East Corner Of Church
This is what now stands where Met
Life once did during the presidency
of Joseph F. Knapp 1871-1891
It appears that "Indiana Jones"
is having cellphone troubles..."Can You Hear Me Now"
LET'S WALK & CLICK
DOWN THE BLOCK A BIT TO
MAJOR & KNAPP LITHOGRAPHERS 52-56 PARK PL