Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 15 September: New York City sightseeing

Wednesday, 15 September 1937

Fine day. We walked around town, had lunch, then took coach to see N.Y., 3 ½ hours. Cost 10 / – 2 ½ $. Went to Grant’s Tomb on Riverside Drive, Rockefeller’s monies? (indecipherable) Church [Riverside Church, built by Rockefeller], fine building, also on the Drive. Passed all the notable buildings, Chrysler, and Empire building (stories 102 high) being the tallest. Then did the lower town, and the commercial, Wall St, etc, some marvelous buildings, Statue of Liberty, miles along the water front, and China Town, Jass House [James House Mansion], and Mission House, that was once an opium den. 300,000 coons [sic] here in N.Y. and 200,000 in Harlem City, Bowery, plenty of night clubs & Radio City.

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 12 September: Arrive in New York city

Sunday, 12 September 1937

Started off on our 250 mile trip to N. York, left the camp about 8.30, lovely driving, pulled up for lunch on the wayside. Had a good drive, arriving on the Riverside Drive, and the Hudson River on the other side, cars like ants, about 8 abreast could not move, could never imagine such thick traffic, and we struck it about 6 – New York is an eye opener, the buildings are terrific, after trying several hotels, came to the Empire on Broadway. 2 dollars a night, so we have booked in for a week, leaving next Sunday morning, the foreign legion arrives that day.

With the Spriggins and the Essex sedan, possibly 12 Sep 1937
Thirza Pidgeon (standing) with Florence Spriggins seated on the bumper of the Essex Sedan, New York registration 8XZ341

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Hotel Empire, New York; March 2013
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Hotel Empire, New York; March 2013
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Hotel Empire, New York; March 2013