Someone Got to Live Here

While I was looking for a picture of the Isador Straus summer estate I came across this picture of the Wheelock Mansion on 661 West 158th Street.  It’s dated November 10, 1937 and it was taken by Berenice Abbott.  That’s Manhattan!  It’s like a beautiful, Jean Cocteau-imagined fantasy but it’s (was) real.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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