Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Hundred and Third Street

Not quite a mile from my apartment building is the childhood home of one of my favorite actors, Humphrey Bogart. Bogie lived there from his birth in 1899 until 1923. I noted on the website that there will be the first Humphrey Bogart film festival next month in Key Largo -- the perfect place -- next month.  




Unfortunately the plaque in the upper left section of the photo was not very clear in close-up pictures that I took. The house is half a block off Broadway. It's easy to walk by the building and not notice that the hero of "Casablanca" had lived there for many years. I first noticed the street sign and was led down the street to look for the house.

"Casablanca" is my favorite Humphrey Bogart film, and one of my all-time favorite movies. I'm not sure how many times I've seen it, but it's easily more than a dozen times. I'm sure there are some "Casablanca" fans in Buttercupland, but are there other Bogart films that are your favorites? I'm also a tremendous fan of "The Maltese Falcon," "The African Queen," and "Sabrina." I think it may be time for a Bogie film festival in New York City. So many great movies I'd like to see again.

Our featured blogger for today is Cynthia, who is also a participant in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Cynthia is writer who lives in Mumbai. Her blog, "A Few Drops of Ink," looks great and I look forward to getting to know her better. Thanks, Cynthia, for visiting.

I also want to give a shout-out to The Oyster Bar. This iconic oyster bar and fish restaurant in Grand Central Station turns 100 this week and the big birthday celebration is Friday. Happy Birthday, Oyster Bar!

Please stop by tomorrow. We're going to Pine Street and Broadway.

Wishes for an Outstanding Wednesday!

17 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

A film fest could be fun with old classics like those. And a oyster bar sounds interesting for sure. I wonder do they have pan friend oysters there? My mom used to fix them for us and haven't had any in years. Hope your Wednesday is Outstanding!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Have an outstanding and spirit reviving day Carol! I loved The African Queen....Bogart, Hepburn and a good dose of sardonic wit, what could be better?

Barb said...

Bogart was one of my favorite actors, loved every one of his movies but think Casablanca is my favorite..that and African Queen.
Have an awesome day, and when you have time I invite you to visit my blog Let's Chat.
http://barb-letschat.blogspot.com

Paula said...

There are so many memorable lines from Casablanca! And the African Queen! I found the novel the other day at our used book store. It is just wonderful!

My favorite line from The African Queen: "Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put on Earth to rise above!".

Dee said...

I love Casablanca and Sabrina too!

Of all the blogs in all the links in all the world wide web, you drop into mine. And I'm so happy you did!

Enjoy your day! :)

~ D is for Deecoded ~

TARYTERRE said...

Sabrina would be my favorite. LOVE the color of his house. Makes it alive with character.

Pam said...

Love those classics and it's a tie for me, between "Casablanca" and "The African Queen." I liked "The Barefoot Contessa" also. Great street sign!

Stephanie said...

Oh how neat! What a fun little post, Carol :) Enjoy the rest of your week!

Hugs,
Stephanie

Carol said...

I loved Casablanca!

Happy Day to you Carol!

Jenny said...

This is a fun stop for my Wednesday! I think it's hard to beat Casablanca.

Enjoy A to Z!

Jenny at Choice City Native

Nellie said...

"Casablanca" is probably the Bogart movie that I know most about, though I think I may have seen "Sabrina."

I'm loving this tour!

Melinda said...

Can't pass up a good HB movie!

M :)

Ms Sparrow said...

I have always thought that Humphrey Bogart as a sexy movie star was so very unlikely. I'd try to make the case that he never would have made it in Hollywood today except there is Steve Buscemi!

Susie said...

Buttercup, On my trip to NYC, I finally got to see Grand Central Station. It was wonderful. I would have loved seeing Bogie's house. Wishing you a great day. xoxo,Susie

M.J. Fifield said...

Ooooh. The Maltese Falcon. I love that one. Not that I don't love Casablanca or The African Queen, of course. I'm just a Sam Spade girl.

Theresa said...

What an exciting place to live:) Hugs to you my friend!

Grammy Staffy said...

I love Bogart films but I haven't seen one for a long time.... I think I am overdo. Thanks for showing me his home. Have a great day. Hugs, Lura