The Roosevelt


I don’t know which I like more: the gold lettering (particularly how the ascender of the lower case h morphs into the ornate swirl of the upper case r); or the reflection of the apartment building opposite, distorted by the imperfections in the glass. Both are shown to advantage by the well-matched rich burgundy of the window frame and brickwork. But I wonder what the Roosevelts would think of their antipodean presence! Not far from this apartment block is the infamous Roosevelt Bar and Diner, opened in 1947, where Frank Sinatra performed, and the problem of prohibition of the sale of alcohol after 6pm was solved by having the patrons order their drinks before the deadline.

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