The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Authors use it as their muse time and time again. Hart Crane writes a beautiful poem, “To Brooklyn Bridge,” celebrating and revering the miraculous work of engineering.
Author Christopher Morley describes West End Avenue as a very average, residential, street in his work “West End Avenue.” He explains, “For thirty-five blocks it probably has the most uniform skyline of any avenue in New York” (585).
Coney Island became a popular focus of writers. Sara Teasale references Coney Island in her poetry.
Rooftop gardens provide a sense of solace for the busy urban life of NYC. Rooftop gardens are home to brunch spots, restaurants, and clubs.
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Recuerdo” describes the free-spirited lifestyle of gypsies in NYC in 1919. She describes the beautiful imagery of NYC, “And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold, / And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold” (Lines 11-12).
Pictured here is an opium den in 1900. In reality, opium smoking and opium dens were not lavish intellectual circles- many times they were dirty and crowded. Stephen Crane describes the appeal of opium in his work “Opium’s Varied Dreams.” Opium addiction became a reprieve from the aggression of New York. Stephen Crane illustrates …
Rooftop theatre in 1900. Djuna Barnes writes “Come Into the Roof Garden Maude” describing the beautiful and lavish rooftop gardens as an escape to the business of urban life: “Everything on, in and about a roof garden, from the little white and green match-stands to the wide spanning arches of red light, is an appeal. …