New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
William Barthman Jeweler
A century ago the glittering heart of the city’s diamond, jewelry and watchmaker district beat right here. “Within these stores,” wrote the Daily Graphic in 1876, “are diamonds as bright as the eyes of the ancient Dutch beauties.” A proud lone survivor operates here: William Barthman, jewelers to the Financial District since 1884, the oldest such establishment in the city. Barthman’s is known to busy Wall Street moguls as the “Downtown Tiffany.” Legendary patrons have included the Morgans and the Vanderbilts and such celebrities as British actress Lily Langtry and dapper New York Mayor “Gentleman” Jimmy Walker. Embedded in the pavement, at the corner, is one of New York’s most unusual timepieces. In an age of ubiquitous tall, standing sidewalk clocks, Barthman installed his novel clock directly in the sidewalk itself, considering it a snappy piece of advertising.
In 1946, New York police estimated that 51,000 people stepped over the clock every day between 11am and 2pm. In the words of the Press in December 1899: “Sometimes two swift District telegraph messengers, who have stopped to match pennies in the shadow of the corner building, see the clock in the pavement with sudden twinges of conscience. It electrifies their feet and sends them flying
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Location. 40° 42.589′ N, 74° 0.596′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Maiden Lane, on the left when traveling south on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is on the northeast corner of the intersection of Broadway and Maiden Lane. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10038, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Broadway – Maiden Lane (here, next to this marker); Double Check (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Street (about 300 feet away); Chamber of Commerce / Liberty Tower (about 400 feet away); 195 Broadway (about 400 feet away); The Liberty Tower (about 400 feet away); Federal Reserve Bank of New York (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Federal Reserve Bank of New York (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The top right of the marker contains a picture of “Broadway and Maiden Lane (the location of the marker) in an 1880 lithograph by J.J.Fogerty.” Under this is a picture of a woman shopping for jewelry at Barthman’s
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,469 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4, 5. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6, 7. submitted on November 20, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 8. submitted on December 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 9. submitted on January 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.