When you move, it’s always reassuring unboxing something you love from the old place and setting it down in the new place. In 1991 when The New Yorker left its long time offices at 25 West 43rd Street, the magazine brought along a number of office wall drawings by James Thurber. The drawings were carefully extricated from 25 West 43rd Street and eventually installed across the street at 20 West 43rd Street. These very same drawings were moved again when the magazine moved west to 4 Times Square in 1999.
In a tradition at The New Yorker that goes back to the magazine’s founding in 1925, cartoonists come in on Tuesdays to show their latest efforts to the cartoon editor. Greeting them this Tuesday — their first Tuesday at the new offices at One World Trade Center — were Thurber’s drawings, in a new neighborhood, in a new building, at a higher elevation, and installed on a new wall, but still, as Brendan Gill might’ve said, here at The New Yorker.
[photo courtesy of Liza Donnelly]