“Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? . . . this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won’t all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.” - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
This is a picture of the front of the Eltinge, renamed Empire in 1954. After it's use as a legit house, the Eltinge went burlesque. It is backstage at this theater where Abbott met Costello. In 1941, after Mayor LaGuardia outlawed burlesque, this house was renamed Laffmovie and showed comedy features and shorts, sound and silents, on an almost 24 hour basis.