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Where & When 2019-20: Game 2

Welcome back to another scintillating episode of Where & When! Last week’s season debut was fun and informative, so we decided to do it again; this one is also relatively easy, so to make it more interesting I’m going to ask for some qualifiers: not only will you determine where this picture was taken and when, but you’ll also be tasked with finding out who or what preceded the tenant of the particular building prominently featured in this photo, and who followed all the way to the present.  I think what you’ll find makes a rather interesting story in itself:

Credit: Wurts Bros (New York, NY) Courtesy of New York Public Library, NYPL.org digital collections;; Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy

Bonus points if you can name one present-day landmark restaurant in the same neighborhood; you’ll definitely get some nice brownies for that.  Have fun, I’ll check in with you soon!


1 rbj   ~  Dec 9, 2019 10:45 am

Let's see. From the cars it looks early 1930s.

Hmm, Initial Spears & Co. search brings up a fine jewelers. (As opposed to crude jewelers?)

Plug in New York City as well
263 - 265 Livingston St. 1934. via Brownstoner dot com

Dunno about the restaurant, I'll leave that to others. There was/is another branch near the Empire State Building.

2 rbj   ~  Dec 9, 2019 10:46 am

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3 RIYank   ~  Dec 9, 2019 2:52 pm


No? Not 'landmark'? Picky picky.

4 RIYank   ~  Dec 9, 2019 2:57 pm

Oooooh, Juniors?

5 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Dec 9, 2019 4:26 pm

Meanwhile, back in the hot stove, Nats re-sign Strass to record deal (both in total $ and AAV). I believe the cost of Cole just went up, and the Yanks better be ready to spend.

6 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 9, 2019 6:35 pm

[5] Seems like the Yanks got snookered with their offer to Cole being publicized at that familiar price point. Like him or not, Boras will make you a wealthy individual if he's negotiating for you.

7 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 9, 2019 6:38 pm

[1],[4] You guys have found the spot, now do you know anything about the address's history you want to share?

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Dec 9, 2019 7:39 pm

[4] Def Juniors!
[7] It's not the right block to be the old Abraham & Strauss dept store (where my aunty worked for decades) but I think that building WAS some kind of store, and not furniture..??

9 rbj   ~  Dec 9, 2019 8:56 pm

I’ve heard $300 mil, 8-10 years for Cole. I don’t mind the dollars (not my money anyway, plus the new CBA better up the luxury tax threshold by a lot) but not the years.

10 Shaun P.   ~  Dec 10, 2019 12:47 am

[0] Can I just say how much I love this game and am so glad it's back?

[7] Well, borrowing from rbj's searching... In its past, the address was the site of the New Montauk Theater, which was "the" Brooklyn theater of its day, but it was torn down for the building shown in the photo. After Spear's Furniture closed, it became part of May's Department Store, which occupied surrounding buildings. Now it's Cookies department store, which apparently sells lots of kids clothes. So yes, a nice story of how a community fixture went through some changes to become a community fixture of a different sort.

[9] I was thinking about it, and I would take 8-10 years of Cole. He seems like he will still be great at 37/38/39, and it keeps him around for as long as the not so baby any more Baby Bombers grow up fully.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 10, 2019 7:46 am

[10] correct and thanks!

If Cole is anything like Moose, that would be a great deal in the long run, especially if the new CBA ends up giving them a high tax ceiling. I figure the team only needs him to instantly have the best staff in the AL: Cole, Severino, (German?), Tanaka, Paxton, Happ with Montgomery in the wings and more to come from the farm. All they need to do is STAY HEALTHY; whatever wisdom Cole has acquired in that regard that he could impart on the rest would be worth the commitment.

12 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 10, 2019 11:58 am

So, it looks like rbj came up with the right answer, then RI Yank came through with the bonus, while Shaun P filled in the details; for that team effort I suggest you each a half-point and brownies to share, sounds fair to me.

I’ll try to come up with a tough one for the next game; consider these warm-ups for the deep run. Thanks again for playing; we now return you to your regular hot stove bantering >;)

13 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Dec 10, 2019 3:19 pm

Wishing Cashman good luck and good dealing in San Diego.

What's the market rate this winter for Postseason Plate Discipline? Since we're talking about pieces the Yankees need to add. :)

14 rbj   ~  Dec 10, 2019 6:42 pm

Did I to the Phillies. 1 year, $14 mil. Best of luck to him.

15 RIYank   ~  Dec 10, 2019 9:24 pm

That seems really cheap for Didi. Unless people think he's hurt. I mean, he had a bad year, but I would expect him to come back to or near normal.

16 Ara Just Fair   ~  Dec 10, 2019 9:41 pm

Thanks, Chyll, for keeping the BB active during hockey season. : ) Just dropping by to say I heard now about a Didi. I’m going to miss him. Mospeed, Didi!

17 seamus   ~  Dec 11, 2019 12:05 am

Cole to Yankees. Insane amounts of money. I’m glad for that but super disappointed to see Didi go. He’ll always be one of my favs.

18 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Dec 11, 2019 12:21 am

I'll miss Didi, he was a great guy to root for. Hope he and JoeyJoeJoe meet us in the WS next year.

Cole, 9yrs - 36mill per!

19 Boatzilla   ~  Dec 11, 2019 1:00 am

COLE for CHRISTMAS! Wooo-hooo. Deck the halls with boughs of money!

But, dang, we can't call him "Food Stamps Hal" anymore.

How about "Shallow Hal" for the Didi slight?

20 thelarmis   ~  Dec 11, 2019 2:13 am

Where: San Diego

When: Midnight

Who: Gerrit Fucking Cole (Train)

Wow: 9 years, $324 million

Why: Can't I throw an orb and earn stoopid money?

What: Whirled Serious Champions in the Bronx?!

Where: Philthy for Didi : (

21 RIYank   ~  Dec 11, 2019 6:07 am

Gerrit Cole got all the money.

We'll be moaning about this in 2027 (oooh, it'll be the '27 Yankees again!), but for the near future, damn, it's a good get.

I'm on the Cole train, thelarmis!

22 Ara Just Fair   ~  Dec 11, 2019 6:58 am

Holy shite! Go YANKEES!

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