Jefferson Market Courthouse in New York

A Love Affair with a Landmark in Manhattan: An Arresting Drama in Greenwich Village. [Opinions expressed are the views of OLD JEFF unless attributed to other - - potentially less-reliable - - sources, i.e., newcomers who have not been around since 1832 on Sixth Avenue.]

Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Pretty Girl Is Like a Felony

Shall I take this opportunity to remind everyone that Evelyn Nesbitt gave the performance of her life when she testified at Jefferson Market in 1906 during the "Trial of the Century"? Shall I point out that Mae West was a marginally-known vaudevillian who got lousy reviews for 27 years before she strayed into my Police Court on February 9th, 1927 - - whereupon she became front-page fodder and famous coast to coast?
• • Old Jeff, ever the diplomat, will only say that a felony can be so becoming. Put her in handcuffs and a pretty girl is like a malady. The court room can shellac a lackluster career overnight and spread a lady's name faster than you can say influenza. And that's what Mae became, after Jeff's gentle embrace: an INFLUENCE.

New York, NY: "These historical images depict an impressive narrative of America's political life during the Prohibition Era," said ARTURO GARCIA-COSTAS, Manhattan Community Representative to Congressman JERROLD L. NADLER, who toured the installation ONSTAGE OUTLAWS: Mae West and Texas Guinan in a Lawless Era at Village Restaurant with chef-owner Stephen Lyle and curator LindaAnn Loschiavo. "I suggest you contact The New-York Historical Society," continued Garcia-Costas, "because that would be the perfect venue for this fascinating backward glance at New York City history and censorship."
• • Source: Village Restaurant • •
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• • Photo: Arturo Garcia-Costas poses in front of a picture of Mae West and Texas Guinan at Jefferson Market Court.

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