Broadway and Walker Street – S. Woolman


Yet another textile company on Broadway, this one with the appropriate name S. Woolman Co. There is a website called Great War Militaria which claims to have World War One-era wool bandages by the S. Woolman Co. with a 400 Broadway address. However, the excellent blog Daytonian in Manhattan says that Woolman leased space at this address in 1935 (not clear if they were there already). Also, the Military Transport Association of New Jersey has what appears to be the same bandage, but says it is from World War Two.

Samuel Woolman, the company president, died in 1972.

Here is the location today.



Broadway & Franklin Street – Bernard Semel


Bernard Semel was a prominent textile merchant who moved his business into 366 Broadway some time in the 1920s and put a bronze sign with his name on the building. Semel died in 1959 – it is unclear whether there was still a Bernard Semel Inc. by 1968, so this may have been a “ghost sign” even then. The sign is still there today:


The building was converted from offices to apartments in 1979.

Broadway & Catherine Lane


Catherine Lane is an alley,  not a full street, and has been closed off to traffic for the past fifteen years by a permanent construction canopy.  I could not find anything on the store with the “Fantastic Bargains” sign in the window. Just across the lane you can see the sign for 346 Broadway. A New York City landmark, the Clock Tower Building was completed in 1898 for the New York Life Insurance company. In 1967 it was sold to New York City for municipal offices. In 2013 the city sold the building to private developers who are converting it to a luxury hotel and apartments.


Broadway between Worth and Catherine: Bookstore and Camera Shop


In the foreground is a civil service book store. In 2009 the New York Times profiled the Civil Service Book Shop, then located a block away on Worth Street and having been in business for 55 years. Perhaps this was the store’s location in 1968 and it moved some time in between? Next to the book store is a store with a sign saying CAMERAS – could not find any information on it.

The building is gone (see last post) – here is the location today:



Broadway & Worth Street: Chock Full O’Nuts


A Chock Full o’Nuts location on the corner of Worth Street. Originally opened as a nut store in Times Square in 1926 by William Black, Chuck Full o’Nuts converted to lunch counters selling coffee and sandwiches during the Great Depression. By the 1960s, there were approximately 80 Chock Full O’Nuts in the New York area. By the early 1990s, though the coffee still sold well in supermarkets, there were no more Chock Full o’Nuts restaurants. This was due primarily to competition from fast food restaurants, which were replacing lunch counters, and some poor business decisions.  The company has been sold a few times over the last thirty years and is currently owned by Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, which reintroduced Chock Full o’Nuts kiosks in the New York area in 2010, though there are currently none in Manhattan.

The company continued to own this property at 336 Broadway long after the restaurant closed. In 1997 they sold it for $6.9 million and the single-story building (such a Manhattan rarity, even in 1968) was torn down shortly after. The current 15-story apartment building at this location was completed in 1999.


Broadway & Duane Street



More construction here, as the building at this block had been torn down. A sign at the construction site says that this will become a federal office building. The Jacob K. Javitz Federal Building was under construction, which was completed the following year.


Interesting to see that the three manhole covers are still there. The mailbox is long gone though. There are a lot of two-toned mailboxes in this film, blue boxes with red tops. The all-blue mailboxes we have today were introduced in 1971.