Gramercy Park anniversary history

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Gramercy Park anniversary history - TIMES. SUNDAY. ment;"but in that old...
TIMES. SUNDAY. ment;"but in that old comparison, alas, they are little and they are poor. E;very atom that' lend distinction pays freight at current rates. In spite of Mr. Aaxiss1 glance backward, it is much to twi far4 that deflation on Broadway I . a ,a . will have to TOIIOTT me C0BX8JBL -gaOB familiar elsewhere in wage and corn- moditiea. -It ii' creditable to the good seiueof thosTrnanrgerTwho Eave'dTi cussed the. sttuatioa ia print that they see it" "In" : this" light:' 'The situation only needs. adjustment." Actors, stage handi, scene painters and musicians wiHfc&Te- to" be " convinced "that if better to "work for thirty or " forty" weeks "at reanablV salary "than- fire weeks at an extortionate " ealarv" That is all Art i a com- modity, and those that are Dutch behave as such. ' Yet," somehow,' the $yf 'ho have a heart for this poor little rich sir! of the drams feel that there is something more to be said. ' "" " GRAMERCY PARK. In commemoration of the ninetieth an- nlT.rurv of th dedication of firmerCV J p-rV John B. Pests ha compiled what I . w . - ve modestlr calls a " story " of that in- trtinir residential oasis in a irreat j ijjnj centre of the city. Antedating (t,. -n-tment of the celebrated MurraT j jtmi -ov-ri-nt restriction by rnorethan ten years, Gramercy Park, with its atmosphere of rural and domestic com forts, stands as a memorial to Samuel B. RUGClxs. In layinz.out that delight ful home centre and in providing for its future preservation, Mr. RUGGLE3 showed t 9 possessed an exceptionally broad vision' of the value of intelligent city planning. Not only did he precede by more than eighty years the belated es tablishment of New York's beneficial zoning and building heights law, but in foresightedness he far outstripped many other worthy home developers; to cite, for Instance, the residents of old Lafay ette Place. Depau Place now swallowed np in Bleecker Street Bond Street and other localities made pleasant for a time to live in, but which presented no. defen sive force to prevent annihilation when the tidal wave of trade encroached upon their borders. Mr. Rugcles was a pioneer in arous ing interest in the benefit of park areas, and he was chiefly instrumental in urging the City Fathers to lay out and beautify Union Square. The Gramercy residential centre was created more than a quarter of a century before so am bitious a scheme as Central Park aroused public interest. Gramercy Park, says Mr. Pine, is the only park on Manhattan Island which has cost the city nothing, and, he adds, had its founder's example been followed by other large real estate owners, New York today would be a vastly more beautiful city. Opportunities for artistic city planning were' surely as plentiful as huckleberries in Summer in Mr. Ruggles's day, but he stands alone among the big landowners of his time who devoted any part of their holdings to the public welfare. It was almost a generation later before New Yorkers were intelligently educated, largely through the wise teachings of Andrew H. Gbeex , to the responsibility devolving upon a municipality to provide proper park space for its residents. The opening of Gramercy Park was almost coeval with the establishment of Washington Square, formerly a potter's field, as a city park, and in many re spects both of those places have much in common. Time ha dealt harshly with many of the old trees of those originally planted in Gramercy Park only an elm and a willow survive but the old houses, despite the fact that . some have given way to tall apartment structures, bear witness to the simple and comfortable hospitality among the well-to-do citizens seventy-five years ago. Like Washing ton Square, Gramercy Park ha been celebrated for the high prominence in the community of its residents, including many families who have left their im press upon tne political, social and artistic Life of the metropolis. Among others, Gramercy Park is justly proud of Edwin Booth, whose home, through his generosity, remains a The Players dub; Samuel J. Tdlden, James W. Geraso, father of the former Ambassa dor to Germany; Cvsus W. Field, Mayor James Hastes; John Bjgelow, Charles Augustus Davis, author of the "Jack- Downing Letters, and Peter Coopek jd Mayor Assam S. Hewitt, who lived on Lexington Avenue just north of the park. Gramercy Park,' it is interesting to note, was formerly part of the country estate of the patriot James Duae, who was the first Mayor of New York fol lowing the British evacuation, an honor which he held for six years. When Irving' Place and Lexington Avenue were cut through the property, Mr. Ruggles suggested th names which they have borne ever sine. He wisely retained the name of Gramercy, a corruption of th Dutch "Krom Messie,? signifying the " little crooked knife " brook which wended, it way from Madison Square to the East River near Eighteenth Street. It ha remained for a later generation to pay a suitable tribute to the memory of the man who created such a pleasant spot for comfortable living. On the westerly fountain in the park is a bronze medallion portrait, the work of Edmond T. QvrsK, the sculptor of the Booth statue erected a few years ago, and a stone in front of the west gate' is inscribed with the name of the founder and the date, 1831. Both of these memorials were the gift of John Ruggles Steonc, grandson of the founder. Efiorts have been made from time to time to break the restriction guarding th residential privacy of the park, but the courts here ; upheld the original covenant, although I apartment house have been allowed to enter a being, in th opinion of th court, within the strict definition of a private dwelling. WTule JULY 3, 1921. the cseof, he park i limited, to the neighboring residents, who puy taxes on the" park area - in proportion to their in dividual holdings, title to the park and its control are vested in a board of five trustees, thevacancies belraz filled by I .? aa 4V SI A rtlTafT, V Y F liaaiattUiVUta Ja mu iw. owners, a-ver since inr. svuouia owucu the forty-two lot comprising the park to thS-nrri?arreri in it has.Jfien fwth&Jly.heJiJn trust, and ' there- is truth jn what Mr. PprE, one of I present guardians, says, xnai, as nark rfven to nrospectiTe owners of land surrounding it and . held in pnst for those who have made their homes around iV-GramercyPark & unique in the A CONTEMPpRAR,Y- VICTORIA. Somebody in B lackwood s . JUagaBHC has " the courage and .fairness to say a good 'word'Jpr the goat. It was time. The poor fellow has been ill treated. While he maybe saxq to hav; been the inventor of tragedy,' the use of him as ' - . i ,r .v- "1 r"v --At '' a scapegoat ana nis meaievaa laenuuca-tion with the devil have'g'iven him a'bad I name. As the devil usually has the in at - !. S V a. . I teliigence ol an idiot in meqieya stones, I the caprine intellect has Jen derided. The scriptural separation of '. the sheep 1 and the goats has aone a moral injustice 1 a. a 1 .?' 1 to 'the latte'rl ""EveA Vhen'we find the he-goat as the flock leader in Jeremiah and Isaiah, his estimation suffers. He is the "symbol of the 'Money Tower. Who thinks of the ' frisky cytisus-browsing aaa a. a 'mm Tt mt xneocntean ana virguian hocks : in our day the goat is doubly damned as I the former pictorial associate of bock beer; and he has passed into slang and feeble comic humorous phrase. This is the most unkindest cut, fpr the goat is a genuine and chronic humorist. The Blackwood's writer has found the goat " not only very affectionate toward " those whom it knows, but .kindly dis- M posed toward both the human and the other animals "; and " infinitely more " intelligent than sheep, so that I cannot help fancying; that. whei. the sheep ranlc aa the oot sad tha costs as tha bad folk In the Bible, the Interpre-: alion is that the latter animal is commonly more knave than fool, and the former more fool than knave. The Blackwoodsman was pleased to call a white nanny Victoria. The mid-Victorian compartment, so to speak, was I hospitable to everything, according to the tradition of the race. Victoria, in ad dition to her usual grass and vegetable stuff, " sampled my straw hat, the con tents of my tobacco pouch, the tails of my shooting coat, the fringe of the " housekeeper's skirt, and so forth." She never gained any flesh. For yew, dead ly to most animals, she had a positive passion. She was truly Victorian in her animosity to roses and raptures " Tethered in the middle of most luxuri " ous grass, she managed to break her rope and at once proceeded to wreck " four beds of choice young rosebushes.1 The goat has a salient personality, char acter, will, fantasy. It is no docile, wishy-washy, silly sumph, like the sheep These are its chief characteristics, ac cording to the observation of this Shaftesbury of the goats: An Intense dealr to be at all times and on all occasions somewhere else, ' A rooted determination to eat every form and ktnd of forbidden fruit. A eneral Inclination to do those things that ought not to be done, and to leave undone those things that ouht to be done. How, then, can anything be more human than the goat? Yet what could be more doglike, for the goat wags what little tail nature has bestowed in wel come and affection, like a dog, and the family puppies and dogs were Victoria's playmates. A goat knows a friendly footstep and bleats when it is heard. vA goat, at least a Victorian goat, is friendly, companionable, sportive. Probably it Js misunderstood because it is such an independent, self-supporting chap. No other domestic' animal can compare in that respect. Many of us recall the touching lines : lie mad him a coat of tha skin of a scat. Poor old Koblnaon Crusoe I If Crusoe needs the goat, the goat doesn't need Crusoe. The goat is a satisfactory Robinson Crusoe on a desert island or anywhere else. It pay be that modern goats hay degenerated a .little from their ancestors. There is a legend in the Talmud that Job's goats slaughtered the wolves that fell Upon them. The "Maga" write- thinks that the scapegoat must have rather enjoyed its Life in the wilderness. It would love to hunt for food or companions; and if at last it fell a prey to some wild beast, it " put up " a good fight. LAND .OF THE LOBSTICK. The Land of the Lobstick, the subject of a pamphlet by Chaszes A. Bkajjbix, who has been there, is in Northern Manitoba, above the Saskatchewan. The lobstick is not game, nor a pioneer implement, but " a tree which i has been "despoiled of its limbs excepting a few "near the top, ''and which serves as a " mark, a monument or a tribute, as the " case may be.? It is of Indian origin, and its value in a pathless! wilderness need not be emphasized.:. To the "musher" it means direction as well a location. The Land of the Lobstick, which is "so vast that you may travel for weeks by canoe in Summer or by "dog train in winter without reaching "its confines," was a fur country until .recently, more barren than forest, a preserve of the Hudson Bay Company. Now it is believed to be a treasure house of copper and gold, but its wealth must be uncovered by the prospector. j "Copper," say the author, who has prospected himself. " has been found in " abundance, one of the discoveries, that " at Flinflon, being estimated to conCain a minimum of 20,000,000 tons, and to win it railways and smelters are projected that will necessitate the labors V X 9

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 03 Jul 1921, Sun,
  3. Page 22

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