Category Archives: Buildings

Houdini Then and Now

By Tom Interval We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories, and those that carry us forward are dreams. – Über-Morlock, The Time Machine (2002) It’s about time. Literally and figuratively. You see, … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Buildings, Locations, Paintings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

NPR Story: Unpublished Houdini Straitjacket Photo

By Tom Interval This morning, NPR’s Pam Fessler interviewed a gentleman by the name of Chris Shweie, coauthor of The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York and collector of all things vaudeville. Shweie said he recently … Continue reading

Posted in Buildings, Collecting, Ephemera, Escapes, Photoshop Art, Straitjacket | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Did this man live at 278 W. 113th St. before Houdini?

By Tom Interval We know a few things about Harry Houdini’s New York City home at 278 W. 113th St. and even got a glimpse inside last year when the New York Daily News interviewed Fred Thomas, the current owner. … Continue reading

Posted in 278 W. 113th St., Bess, Buildings, Family, Homes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Happy Birthday, Houdini!

By Tom Interval On March 24, 1874—140 years ago today—legendary escape artist and magician Harry Houdini escaped from his mother’s womb in Budapest, Hungary. Born as Erik Weisz in a room at Rákosárok utca 1. sz. (a street now known … Continue reading

Posted in Birth, Buildings, Cecilia, Mayer, Parents, Rákosárok utca 1. sz. | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Houdini’s Stamford Home Identified: 286 Webb’s Hill Road

By Tom Interval One of Harry Houdini’s better-known homes was (and is) located at 278 W. 113th St. in Harlem, his permanent residence. However, unless you’re a Houdini geek, you might not know the legendary escapologist and magician also owned … Continue reading

Posted in 278 W. 113th St., 286 Webb's Hill Rd., Bess, Buildings, Homes, Leopold | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments