bankers trust

I have a sudden need for a 30s/40s/50s/somewhere-in-there au where Grantaire is a grumpy, cynical woman who writes advice guides for young women living on their own without parents or husbands or what-have-you.

One of which Enjolras, who has moved out of her parents’ home, finished with school, has no interest in entertaining a beau, and lives in spartan simplicity, receives for a gift.

At first, this definitely gets a disdainful curl of the lip, but it’s full of advice like: go have a social life; take up hobbies; get a job or some shift because sitting at home all day is boring; treat yourself, dammit; read some scandalous books; learn how to drink and serve alcohol, dammit; learn these five recipes for easy, competent looking hosting; and feel free to have boyfriends, just don’t give up your job to be someone’s mistress because you can’t trust bankers, a certain miss. f, they’re assholes.

And Enjolras is… actually impressed? But also sometimes VERY OFFENDED. So she ends up writing to this author to ask some questions (learning to interact with people is very confusing????) and argue some points because some of it is very Not Progressive for someone so interested in women’s liberation (to which Grantaire wails “I am not trying to free women from the tyranny of social pressure!” while advising women on how to circumvent cultural expectations and love themselves).

So they write back and forth for months and everything is a disaster until it’s not, and they finally have a chance to meet in person. Enjolras is surprised at Grantaire’s ability to be by turns eloquent and ranty, and Grantaire is surprised at how quiet and reserved Enjolras is when she’s not writing in a flight of soul.

(This all ends, of course, with them being bachelorettes together, cuddling in Grantaire’s massive, sinfully comfortable bed, and Enjolras still refusing to learn to cook more and Grantaire both preening and being very smug at Enjolras’ new understanding of why some women enjoy picking out clothes that flatter them.)

The first building to the left is Bankers Trust. The next building was torn down to make room for an extension of Bankers Trust. The building past those two is the Equitable Building. This postcard was done between 1916 when the Equitable Building when up and 1923 when the small building in the bottom left corner was torn down and replaced by 11 Wall Street, an extension of the NYSE

International-style glass supertowers in the new Park Avenue’s corporative district, between 46th to 59th Streets in this view looking north from the top of Pan Am Building in Early 1968.

Left: The 52-story Union Carbide Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960) are on foreground, with the Bankers Trust (Henry Dreyfuss-Emery Roth & Sons-Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1962), I.T.T. (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) and Lever House (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1952) at background.

Right: The three glass boxes on foreground are the 44-story black-tinted-glass Westvaco Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1967), 50-story Chemical Bank New York Trust Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1964) and a section of the 52-story 245 Park Avenue Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1967). The Seagram Building (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-Phillip Johnson-Kahn & Jacobs, 1958) and First National City Bank Building (Carson & Lundin-Kahn & Jacobs, 1961) are visible at background).

Photo: AKG, London.

Source: Ric Burns, James Sanders, Lisa Ades, “New York, an Illustrated History”. (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1999).