Life on Tin Pan Alley

This weekend, we worked a lot in the studio toward finishing up our pieces for the exhibition this week. Saturday afternoon we had a critique to discuss what we saw in each other's work that needed to be improved before being finished. There are going to be a lot of pieces in the show...

[Sarah detailing my shirt]

[Caitlyn working on her piece]

We have a friend who brings food to the studio late at night pretty regularly. His name is John, and he works at Starbucks, where they serve fresh sandwiches and baked goods daily. He brings us the stuff they would otherwise have to toss - which means every couple of days we get to stock the fridge with $6 sandwiches and have Starbucks brownies to snack on. One night, he brought a lot of sandwiches and we split up to find homeless folks outside. Some of my friends and I met a lady named Estelle who was happy to have some food. We talked into the morning about all kinds of things. She was very interested in what we were doing, and she enjoyed talking about folk music too. I had my banjo, so we sang a few tunes.

[This is our friend John, who brings free food at the end of his shift at Starbucks!]

Also this weekend, I found out that our studio is on what used to be called "Tin Pan Alley". This section of street, W. 28th between 6th Ave and Broadway, was once the center of the music industry. From the late 19th century until around the Depression, this street was where many songs were written and deals were made. As it turns out, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin are among the many musicians who once worked on this street. The name comes from someone who noted while walking down the street that the sound of all the pianos was like a bunch of tin pans clanging. The music publishing business moved uptown later, and now the street doesn't show any evidence of its rich musical past.

[Firetrucks lined up to put out some flames on Tin Pan Alley this weekend]

Saturday night I worked on my painting until the morning with some friends. We saw the sun coming up as we walked back to Herald Square for bed. After sleeping all morning, I went to a church that meets in the evening.

Tonight, I met my friend Katie for Korean food. The food was cooked over little grill built into the table, where they brought hot coals. Our meal was called Samgyupsal, which was pork with many small side dishes. It was one of the more exciting culinary experiences I've had here.


1 comment:

smeller said...

Sarah's painting of you is beautiful!! the shirt!!

I almost stayed in the Gershwin Hostel.