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George and Ira Gershwin

 
 
George and Ira Gershwin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
1. George and Ira Gershwin Marker
Inscription.
George Gershwin
1898 - 1937
Ira Gershwin
1896 - 1983

The composer, and the lyricist, lived here between 1929–33, the years they wrote Broadway show Girl Crazy and, their political satires, Of Thee I Sing, and Let 'Em Eat Cake.
 
Erected by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
 
Location. 40° 46.946′ N, 73° 59.063′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of West 75th Street and Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling west on West 75th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33 Riverside Drive, New York NY 10023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hamilton Fountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); West End Collegiate Church and Collegiate School (about 700 feet away); Tecumseh Playground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eleanor Roosevelt (approx. half a mile away); Sergei Vassilevich Rachmaninoff (approx. half a mile away); Where Poe Wrote “The Raven”
George and Ira Gershwin Marker - Wide View (W. 75th St. Entrance of 33 Riverside Dr. Building) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
2. George and Ira Gershwin Marker - Wide View (W. 75th St. Entrance of 33 Riverside Dr. Building)
The marker is visible here to the right of the entrance.
(approx. half a mile away); Where Poe wrote The Raven (approx. half a mile away); George Herman "Babe" Ruth (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York City.
 
More about this marker. The building the Gershwins lived in has a Riverside Drive Street address, but the building entrance and marker are found on W. 75th St.
 
Also see . . .  The Gershwin Brothers: Ira and George. American Composers. Part 5. Composer Marvin Hamlisch discusses the lives and music of George and Ira Gershwin. (Submitted on October 7, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
George Gershwin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 22, 2017
3. George Gershwin
This 1936 portrait of George Gershwin (1898-1937) by Arthur Kaufman hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In the early decades of the twentieth century, when waves of immigration and explosive urban growth transformed the face of America, George Gershwin emerged as a transcendent voice of modernism. His staccato- paced, syncopated rhythms helped define the Jazz Age on Broadway in the 1920s in such shows as Lady Be Good and Girl Crazy. At the height of the Great Depression, his ‘folk opera’ Porgy and Bess attempted to catch the clash and blends of cultural ‘interfusions’ that he saw as distinctively American. And he was part of the Hollywood scene during the golden age of the silver screen, notably completing with his lyricist brother Ira the score for The Goldwyn Follies just before his death in 1937, at age thirty-nine. Gershwin had become a centrifugal force in the lively arts in years marked by a search for a modern American identity.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on September 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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