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Caruso tipped her $5.
Fanny Gold ran her family’s 42nd Street newsstand as an eight-year-old girl in 1915. Living in poverty one block away, she was enchanted by Times Square’s aristocratic era. And was mugged six times there as an old lady.
Open-air newsstands were common in New York throughout the 20th century.
(photo by Berenice Abbott, 1935)
Fanny Gold was introduced as The Princess of 42nd Street in 1915, here at the American Music Hall.
The location became a ragged parking lot for decades at 8th Ave. and 42nd.
Fanny Gold’s childhood neighborhood (from Times Square Spectacular, by Darcy Tell)