|Bankers have not always been loved.|
|A Chemical Bank note, 1835. Back then, bank notes were the common form of currency.|
|Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton's nemesis.|
Very much an eighteenth-century gentleman,
and handy with a dueling pistol.
|Wall Street during the Panic of 1907. The building fronted by columns is Federal Hall (1842), then|
a U.S. Sub-Treasury building with millions in gold and silver in its vaults. A statue of George Washington (1882) stands in front.
|A run on the Seamen's Savings Bank during the Panic of 1857. The excited silk-hatted gentlemen don't look like seamen, which shows that, by then, there were other depositors as well.|
|The Emigrant today, a savings bank that made it big.|
Redbuds: It's late April, when here in New York daffodils give way to tulips. This is also the time for redbuds, when the leafless branches of these little trees bear red buds that will soon open into pink flowers. Just yesterday I discovered three of them in the little park diagonally across from my building. This is their moment of glory, when their thin, reddened branches justify the name "redbud." Soon enough the flowers will come and go, and the leaves will come out, making the redbud just another nice little tree with nothing special about it. Tulips give blasts of colors; subtler, redbuds offer a delicate tracery of red. Enjoy redbuds now in the parks; the buds will soon be gone.
Coming soon: Manhattan real estate: Is there a bubble doomed to burst? Predictions of dire times ahead, mystery buyers, skinny high-rises, REBNY (never heard of it? neither had I), and a glance at another real estate boom, a time of great innovation, soaring aspirations, and maybe hubris that produced the Gothic cathedrals of France. And how did that boom end? The answer may be found in the choir vault of Beauvais cathedral.
© 2015 Clifford Browder