Saturday, November 24, 2012

Two bit flophouse

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These are pictures from the Lanier Hotel in the Bowery circa 1921. One commenter at the original article thinks that date is wrong because it appears that Pilsner is being sold, so perhaps it is a couple of years older to predate Prohibition. The hotel's dining room -- the Fuerst Bro's Restaurant -- may have been one of the places Stephen Foster frequented as he drank himself to death writing songs for vaudeville.

Altogether, a pretty grim looking place although by no means the bottom of the barrel for its day. The pictures are from Shorpy's, and you can see much larger versions of them at: Lanier Hotel and Lanier's dining room.

Detail showing the menu

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