Thursday, September 01, 2005
Bridge and Tunnel Club
Another newly discovered site for graphic neighborhood explorations. From this week's Village Voice: The good old days "Who will remember . . . that Pronto Pizza place? Or Tad's Steaks, with its 'Bathroom for Customers Only' sign, and those rotisserie chickens spinning interminable on the spit?" asked a New York Times writer some months ago, in one of those winsome local scene pieces that put a Times writer at serious risk of mistaking himself for Walt Whitman. "Who will remember these disposable businesses along this stretch of West 42nd Street?" Silly Timesman: the Bridge and Tunnel Club (bridgeandtunnelclub.com) is who. Those businesses are gone now, knocked down to make room for another midtown skyscraper, but not before the BTC photographed them all and added the snaps to its monumental (and truly Whitmanesque) Encyclopedia of Cultural Detritus—a steadily growing catalog of New York City street views, as seen through the loving but unsentimental eyes of photobloggers Scott Sendrow and Jennifer Keeney Sendrow. Yes, Pronto Pizza bakes no more, but online, at least, it's not forgotten. Pictured above, from the site's "Walk Down Rivington Street," is Sam Zilberzweig's old house.