Locate that Element!
By Caitlin Hawke
Oh, diner. Oh, oh diner. Oh, oh, oh. Looking for my diner (to paraphrase Hair).
Yes, I gave a big contextual clue in the last "It's Elemental" by talking about the Metro Diner, because the element I featured was the beautiful third story of the woodframe Grimm building, now occupied by the diner.
The thing of beauty is how many readers got it right. You love your old buildings, Bloomingdalers! And you gave me some juicy additional details, which I will feature in an upcoming post.
My traditional hat tip goes to those who know their frontage. So kudos to Anthony, Elizabeth, Emily, Jim, Lorne, and Pam.
I featured this intersection below in a "Throwback Thursday" post back in June, relishing that some corners actually have stayed nearly the same for the past 110 years.
In the post that gave the clue, I featured the third floor because I love a beautiful cornice propped up on scroll brackets, and who can resist clapboards in Manhattan? And also, decontextualized, it looks mighty unlikely that it would be anywhere near us. But near us it is, sitting at the northwest corner of W. 100th Street and Broadway.
The second floor -- now a salon, but once a saloon -- was originally similarly clad in clapboards, but according to The Daytonian in Manhattan, the clapboards were removed around the Great Depression and large windows put in.
It's got a great history, so click through to the Daytonian piece to learn more.
So, fellow Bloomingdalers: it's time again to locate that element! You remember the rules. The blog feature "It's Elemental" is our version of Name that Tune. Tell me what and where the architectural element at the top of this page is. As always, extra points for any additional history you might know.
Put your answer in the comments or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stumped and have to know? Check back and at the top of the next "It's Elemental" post, I will reveal the location.
And stay tuned for more lore about the Building Grimm.