It was colder than I thought it would be when I met a colleague this morning at the CUNY Graduate Center to take some location footage for our WW1 documentary. We shot here for a bit before moving down to 30th Street to get a better angle to film the Empire State Building. I got my masters degree here over a decade ago. One thing that is so unique about the Grad Center is that it has no campus per se, You felt less detached and more connected to the metropolis that was going on just outside while you were sitting there in class. I always found that comforting and felt it gave what I studied more immediacy. People who know Old New York may recognize this building as the site of the B. Altman’s department store. I believe my grandmother took my aunts here when they would visit the city back in the day. I’m sure they followed their excursions with a trip to the Automat.
Back in Brooklyn we filmed some exteriors at our own campus. Again, the school has that urban feel with a strong energy and so much going on all around it. Speaking of our campus, I received the good news today that our library will almost likely receive a significant Great War display from a particular European organization this coming September-October. If it seems like I am being a little vague that’s because I am. I will go into greater detail when things are truly finalized. I cannot tell you how excited we are about this. The Great War is proving a timely opportunity to raise public awareness of this shared history; with various public officials unduly straining our relations with long time allies, it seems up to those interested in public history to remind the public of the historical ties that bind us to others.
Jo-Ann McDonagh said:
Yes, my Mother took us to B. Altman Department Store and a trip to New York always included a couple of trips to the Automat. What wonderful memories.
Keith Muchowski said:
Thanks for sharing. I always thought of the family when I was at the Grad Center taking classes, just as I did this morning when I was there. FYI, they did a major renovation when they converted it into the college but many of the old light fixtures and staircases are still preserved.
Bob Schrock said:
Base Hospital #9 A.E.F.,The New York Hospital/Cornell medical unit, organized on paper a year earlier, finally began its training in July 1017. Here is my father’s letter to a friend in Omaha on that day:
The Society of the New York Hospital
6 to 16 W. 16th and 7 223 W. 18th St.
New York New York
July 21, 1917
We go to Governors Island into camp at 8:30 AM. Just time for a note and breakfast.
The gang looks good. You know practically everyone. Will send you details as I can. It is good, I tell you,to be around here again. Only, would exchange these trappings for white clothes for comfort.Walked up Third Avenue yesterday, saluting all the Lord and Taylor delivery boys. Probably shall pass up many Majors,etc without proper recognition. Our ignorance is amusing.
It looks very much like we are to get away the coming week, Somewhere in France.
Everyone asks of you and the family. Tell your young man it was not carelessness that kept me from seeing him at the station. He may not like it. Shall send him a later message.
Chet, don’t get panicky and jump into service. You have a greater duty right there.Thanks for the big help of Tuesday
R. D. Schrock
Base Hospital #9
New York City