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The 700 Block of South Watts Street

The 700 block of South Watts Street is an excellent representation of deindustralization and urban blight. What makes this block so unique, in addition to the entire stretch being abandoned, is its close proximity to Center City. Dozens of blocks...

The 700 Block of South Watts Street

130 Cedar Street

- jack - Sunday, March 26th, 2006 : goo

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the building in the center with the scaffolding is the one i worked in when i first came to work in manhattan. it is still covered from 9/11. the building to the right was bankers trust plaza. it took over two city blocks. the old apartments were torn down to accomodate the 50 story structure. there was a bar on albany street where you could get a glass of beer for a nickel. gone. there was the apartment where edgar allen poe lived while he wrote the raven. gone. my building shows a white object in a window on the 5th floor.

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, that was where our lockers were. Roy's location was originally a public school and to its left was the original location of the new york post. i started work at 130 cedar street in june of 1960. right out of high school. the elevator had an old new yorker as its operator. he was 85 and still working the lifts. he was born in manhattan in 1875. he told me many stories about the waterfront. i watched them tear down the old city and put up a new city. things change. this next picture (above)is of the old Saint Joseph's Church on cedar street and west street. see the old west side highway.

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this last pic shows where cedar street was demolished for the bankers trust building. thats the street where poe lived. bankers trust had a walkway built into the building as an access for the old cedar street. the last two photos i took with my old agfa slr 30mm. i spent 22 years of my life on those streets and i directed traffic during the blackout (thats the one in 66) on that street.

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jack: 26th Mar 2006 - 20:23 GMT

again my daughter and my wife helped me on this, but i think i'm starting to get it. i may just become computer litterate. i always thought that the word litterate meant a person that threw his garbage in the streets. (kidding)

kc: 26th Mar 2006 - 22:41 GMT

very cool. had a moment of nostalgia for the old west side highway. Looks like you're scanning, too? Anyway, thanks for the tour, and congratulations!

jack: 26th Mar 2006 - 23:17 GMT

of course the person who is sick and throws his garbage in the street is illiterate. and yes i had to scan in those two pics because i took them in 1965 or there about, just as they started tearing down the neighborhood for the towers.

EvilGentleman: 27th Mar 2006 - 03:02 GMT

One person in I miss very much is Pere (Father) Dion, the Sulpican priest who runs the Catholic mission there. He is presently in his late 70's and extremely computer literate. He always has the latest technology, and is very willing to help others with computer skills. The only flaw is that he is a Mac afficionado. (Considering the artistic community usually prefers Macs, I just know I will get blasted for this)

jack, if he can do it, so can you. Keep trying, you will learn. Age is irrelevant when you are having fun.

By the way, the article is very interesting, and educational. I always love the "before and after" trips through time. I have a feeling you may have found your niche. I wish the Montreal Gazette would resurrect their "Montreal Then and Now" feature that used to run every weekend.

jack: 27th Mar 2006 - 14:01 GMT

thx evil, as my years flew by me i realized how much of life changed. in some cases the change was not all that good. so i decided to put the changes together. definitely more to come.

kevin o\'reilly: 25th May 2008 - 05:25 GMT

the 5th floor of 130 cedar strett was Appeal Printing.My father worked there from 1960 to 1981. Who is the writer of this article?

Peter: 25th May 2008 - 06:45 GMT

kevin: interesting that you would mention it. look here...

kevin o\'reilly: 28th May 2008 - 02:56 GMT

Jack what dept. did you work in at appeal? typsetter,pressman,proof reader, letter press,machinest? I also worked there while in high school as well as my sister. Were you a proof press operator? If you were I think I remember you.Summer of 1969

jack: 28th May 2008 - 12:59 GMT

kevin look at my pictures under memorial day in my hometown, thats me.

jack: 22nd Jun 2008 - 17:56 GMT

kevin i was the proofpress operator when i was 18 and you and i would flick a matchbook with our fingers over a goal post we formed with our fingers. we would be waiting for type to be set so we could run it off the proofpress. remember nick and harold.

richie: 25th Jan 2011 - 20:02 GMT

hello, I worked at dispatch press @ 130 cedar street in 1965 and 1966 as a proof press operator . my head boss was pollard wisdom. they also had a place on west side highway called digest press at 47 west street. my boss was mike manno.I now work in macys advertising dept. nyc.

Joanne: 31st Dec 2011 - 15:13 GMT

I too worked @ Appeal Printing!! Often wonder about everyone. Kevin, I must have worked with your father. I was in the payroll, accts. recievable dept. left in 1981.

Allan: 22nd May 2012 - 10:18 GMT

My dad worked at Appeal until he became sick around 1977. He was a paper cutter Max Rabinowitz. I know he mentioned a woman there named Tessie. That's all I can recall.

Richard Currao: 26th Nov 2012 - 21:40 GMT

I was a press proof operator in 1960 Frank was the the night a foreman . I worked with a Richard Pecararo what fun we had dropped a type magazine my first night on the job.

Allan Bisset: 8th Dec 2012 - 04:14 GMT

My father Ben worked at Appeal Printing. He was the night shift foreman until it closed to make way for the World Trade Center projeect. He worked for Nat(?) Schwartz and Harry(?) Garfinkle(?), I also was a Print Press Operator about 1963-1966. I'm pretty sure that I worked with some of you. Harold Hart(sp?) was the maintenance person for the linotype machines. A guy last name Groomberger(sp?) used to hand set type for special projects. Just some of the names I remember. There was also a proofreader from Cuba who was the fastest I'd ever seen. Can't remember his name, though. Does anyone else remember?

Jack: 21st Jan 2013 - 05:51 GMT

Allen, I drove your dad home many evenings when we finished up work. I was a machinist helper and then was made an apprentice and then I became a journeyman 9 years later. Nat Schwartz and Harry Garfinkel are gone now. Johnny Hart was the machinist and his brother Harold was a floorman. Max Rabinowitz was a friend of mine and Tessie was a collator and put jobs together. She had a boyfriend named Charlie Oberst. He was a machinist. I worked at Appeal from June 1960 until sometime in 1977. I worked with Bill Walsh and Leonard Weinberger and Nick Ruck, Jimmy McCarthy, Harold Evans, Johnny Hart and Harold. I remember old man Nelson who founded the company. a great guy and then his son took over and ran it for many years. I was at the company when it closed down and I was talking with Nat Schwartz as we signed our names on a pillar in the composing room and then shut off the lights and left for the last time. Today the building is a hotel and the old entrance on Cedar Street is now the entrance to clear your baggage when you go into the memorial park. I started off as a machinist helper, then proof press operator, then apprentice and then journeyman within a period of 18 years. Today I'm 70 years old and a little under the weather from cancer and that is why I have not posted any new photos on this great site. Peter is the man who made this site all possible for all of us to post our pictures. Good going Peter.

Jack: 21st Jan 2013 - 05:54 GMT

By the way, I took those pictures just before they started tearing down old new york and started building the world trade center.

Paul Goldberg: 2nd Dec 2014 - 22:00 GMT

My father was David Goldberg, he died in 1971, he was a paper cutter-bookbinder at Appeal Printing, for several years a foreman but gave it up. The bindery was on the ground floor level. As a kid and into my adulthood I used to visit my Dad. Nat Schwartz and Harry Garfinkel went to my Bar Mitzvah and other family occasions. I remember the women who did the collating of the books and the name Tessie is familiar. A thing I remember was the folding machine, it always fascinated me by the way it would slam paper into a stop and become folded. My father would buy marbles to be used on the machine, he would say he lost his marbles! I used to love walking around the hardware and electronic stores before the Towers. I was back after 911 and was surprised to see the first floor had become an Amish restaurant after Appeal closed and the building was becoming an upscale hotel.

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