Sunday, September 16, 2012

First Impression

Freeman Alley

"The first impression of New York is that it is repulsive and vulgar. The broken pavements, the muddy streets, the squares overrun with grass and underbrush, the disreputable horse cars, and the irregular houses plastered with huge handbills have the careless ugliness of an open-air bazaar. The old cities of Europe all have character; this has nothing but commonplaceness."
Ernest Duvergier de Hauranne, A Frenchman in Lincoln's America

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