Saturday, April 18, 2015

Wallet Card at The Corner

The interesting Corner sign here is not for the Corner Cafe, a typical Manhattan Deli. No, it is the little sign above it that reads "The Corner, 24th Street".

This sign dates back to 1887 with the construction of the Koster & Bial saloon, which was commonly known as "The Corner". You can see the same sign in this 1892 print:

By 1893 the saloon was closed due to police raids after it became widely known as a place for illicit affairs. The site has changed businesses many times in the 120+ years since but that Corner sign remains.

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