Archived entries for roofscapes

John Sloan, NY Rooftops


Ms. Hulsers favorite painting by John Sloan is Stealing the Wash, and it is also in the show. Mr. Sloan moved to New York from Philadelphia in 1904 and used binoculars to gain a better view of New Yorkers lives atop the tenements. The painting shows an older man stealing woolen socks from a clothesline. Mr. Sloan wrote that as he watched, the thief tried on all the woolen socks before stowing them in his neat bundle and climbing down the fire escape.

via The Lure of the Roof Is More Than Just Tar Beach –


Health care acrobats

“Health care for poor New Yorkers, 1890s-style: Medical care in the city’s poorest slums was pretty nonexistent in the late 1890s. So social reformer Lillian Wald—founder of the Henry Street Settlement and namesake of a housing project on Avenue D—established a visiting nurses service. Her Nurses’ Settlement eventually had a staff of about 100 blue-uniformed nurses who went from tenement to tenement offering free or low-cost check-ups and treatment, mostly for immigrant mothers and kids. Rather than climbing all those tenement stairs on their rounds, the nurses simply hopped from rooftop to rooftop, like this nurse is doing here.



via Ephemeral New York.

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