O.Henry – The Sparrows In Madison Square

The young man in straitened circumstances who comes to New York City to enter literature has but one thing to do, provided he has studied carefully his field in advance. He must go straight to Madison Square, write an article about the sparrows there, and sell it to the Sun for $15. I cannot recall…

Open-Air Musings In The City by Nathaniel Parker Willis

From the window at which I sit, I look directly on the most frequented portion in Broadway—the sidewalk in front of St. Paul’s. You walk over it every day. Familiarity with most things alters their aspect, however. Let me, after long acquaintance with this bit of sidewalk, sketch how it looks to me at the…