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    On June 13, 2014, the New York Times published an Op-Ed by columnist Ginia Bellafante entitled “Nostalgia’s Blurring Glow.” Bellafante cites the … Read More
    On June 13, 2014, the New York Times published an Op-Ed by columnist Ginia Bellafante entitled “Nostalgia’s Blurring Glow.” Bellafante cites the controversial demolition of the large sign for Kentile Floors in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn as evidence of a “creative class fetish for the workingman’s life” and “the same sensibility that has resulted in the fashion for Carhartt jackets, Esso shirts, trucker caps, factory paraphernalia and so on among recent graduates of better Eastern colleges — the ultimate symbols of denied privilege.” The sign, a metal giant, can be seen from the high line train, and has become a community landmark for many residents, from many walks of life. Bellafante bemoans this nostalgia, and attributes preservation efforts to “the notion that we must maintain a link to the city’s lunch-pail past, almost as if there were no lunch-pail present.” Lunch-Pail Present: An Incomplete Collected History of Kentile Floors is a 56-page booklet contains several articles, statistics, and a short story about Kentile Floors and the company’s history. It also includes a reprint of Bellafante’s article, with all 85 comments. The last pages are blank letterheads for readers to write their own memories of the sign and factory, or responses to the material presented in the booklet. Also, please visit LETTERSTOGINIA.WORDPRESS.COM Read Less
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