Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fifth Avenue Clock

I spotted this clock while coming up out of the subway at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street in the Flatiron district the other day. I'm afraid I haven't been able to find out much about it, other than ornamental clocks used to be placed outside on the sidewalks to attract customers, especially outside jewelry stores. I believe this one has been in place since 1909 and I think it still works. Behind where I took this photo is the Flatiron building. I should have taken this shot from the other direction!

6 comments:

Olivier said...

l'horloge la plus célèbre de NYC, elle est magnifique.

Babzy said...

Beautiful clock !

Moi said...

nice!!!!! functional and ornamental!!!! :)

Blue Wave 707 said...

Those classic analog clocks are so cool tosee around any city.

Jay W said...

Clocks add much to the streetscape; we, our group, placed three recreations in our towns about four years ago. There is something civilized about them, whereas a digitial is just about making deadlines. Have you ever seen the large clock under glass embedded in the sidewalk downtown?

Wanda said...

I really like clocks.... this one is especially nice.