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Picturing a World

Lone tenement

The effects of rebuilding in Paris were very much in evidence when Jeanette arrived there in 1878. Even more visible were the effects of New York's growth in 1908. Right now, I'm working on a scene in ANONYMITY in which Mattie looks out south from the roof of her apartment building in Morningside Heights. The Queensboro Bridge under construction over the East River would not have been in her line of sight; but I'm using Bellows' painting to remind myself of the empty lots, cranes, half-finished building projects, stray trees, isolated apartment house, work-lot fences, etc., that were everywhere in the landscape of Manhattan.

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