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 - 1896

 

Park Row October 2003

The Recorder folded in October 1896

J&R Electronics has fared a little better at this location. #2 On Map Below They have the larger building on the right too.

 

 

LOWER MANHATTAN

© map courtesy  mapquest.com

2 : New York Recorder Park Row 3 : Major & Knapp 52-56 Park Pl.

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

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