Walker Evans street photography from the 1950’s via the Met Museum’s online gallery.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – [16 Views of New York Streets, Possibly for “Street Furniture” Series].

Snapshot: 321 East “a hun 8” on September 28th 1959!


How city kids cooled off in the heat wave of 1953

“Summer in the City!”

Ephemeral New York

A 10-day heat wave left the city blistering in late summer 1953, with record temperatures in the triple digits scalding the streets.

Luckily these city kids living in the vicinity of today’s Nolita (see the ad for 276 Bowery) knew how to keep cool: They opened a fire hydrant.

Life magazine photographer Peter Stackpole captured these wonderful images: the spray coming out high into the Belgian Block street, then a boy aiming a flood of water at his buddy.

The next shots show other kids joining in, with no street traffic getting in their way. And then a policeman apparently puts a stop to it.

It looked like a lot of fun while it lasted. Amazingly, almost every kid is wearing long pants!

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